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Cranky Time at Work

I said a while back that they fired my friend RJ for pitching a fit here. It's not his first bout of fit-pitching, but it's his last here.

Now another engineer from my team is leaving next Friday. He knows more about the electrical side of our products than anyone, but he's leaving because his logic is that if 19 years of service aren't enough to cut a guy some slack, then those of us with less invested in this company have even fewer guarantees.

We're also losing yet another tech writer. This one is leaving of her own accord, but I haven't heard yet whether they're replacing her. It certainly won't happen before she leaves.

So, the loss of engineers means that it becomes more difficult to do my job. The loss of tech writers means there's more work to be done. I've proposed making the tech writers their own group so that work could be distributed more evenly and we could standardize our documentation formats, but although certain people think it's a good idea, there are difficulties inherent. To whom does that group report? The mostly likely candidate would be the head of customer service, but he's the biggest jerk on the planet, and I refuse to have his lack of clue impact my perceived job performance. I've researched my job description pretty thoroughly, and neither ass licking nor ESP is anywhere on it.

I've got to talk to my boss. There's got to be a solution that does not necessarily involve me being part of the exodus.


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Jul. 9th, 2004 09:31 am (UTC)
Why couldn't the Documentation Department report to.... the CEO?
Jul. 9th, 2004 12:55 pm (UTC)
I can tell you're not serious because you work for the same people and therefore should know why this remark, made with a straight face, would engender howls of laughter.
Jul. 9th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
Do you have a marketing department? Or how about the VP of engineering?
Jul. 9th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
Marketing is strictly sales-oriented material going out to the customers. What I do is internal documentation of very complicated equipment.

I already work for the equivalent of the VP of engineering. A big part of the problem is the structure of this company. Our CEO is a control freak who maintains that control by having the next layer of management be "project leader of XYZ project" and "project leader of ABC project." Meaning that none of these guys have enough control of enough stuff to make a major change.

The most beneficial change would be to restructure things, but that's never going to happen. At this point, the best thing I can do is just save myself. That's the step I've actually taken - I made some demands to my boss to save my own sanity, and he's agreed to them. And part of the agreement is that I don't talk about it.
Jul. 9th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you were able to get some sanity-saving concessions from your boss. And I'm sorry to hear your CEO is such a freak about control he can't actually do something to benefit the company. Grrrrrr.
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