Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-25-2009, 11:42 PM   #21
Moderator Emeritus
laurence's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 5,234
Quote:
Originally Posted by BunsGettingFirm View Post
I stayed until 8 PM tonight to help a marketing lady make her presentation. Strange how her 1 graph request turned into 4-6 graphs by the time I was done. Even though I gave her the complete data set in Excel, it appears that she couldn't do a 3x5 trend matrix on her own. I finally had to put a stop to it because she was eating into my study time.

A BD guy tried to pass me off as the lackey who helped him do some little details of a project when in fact I was the program manager for the project. I tolerated his antics because he was helping me pawn off a project that my group didn't want, and the VP he was trying to impress is not the kind of guy I want to work for.

There are way too many freeloaders in megacorp. Most of them are so bad and lazy that they can't use half the standard business tools that a business person is supposed to know like the back of his hand.
Ugh, this kills me. This is so true at my work, which leads to a double edged sword of a hero and trash grouping of employees. Those of us who can't stand to see stuff done wrong play the sucker/hero and the freeloaders sit around and gripe. My saving grace is good people skills which has allowed me to climb. Oh, and a boss who appreciates me. I just handed him a brief for his boss that will save the company about $1.4 million a year minus some initial fixed costs (network optimization/component sharing/throttle back on leased lines etc.) despite me telling him not to mention my name and it's all good just give me a good raise he always says, "Laurence has come up with a great idea let me spell it out for you...."

He knows I dig the praise and the autonomy and that I'll always work hard to make him look good. I already told him that I promised 5 years in the position to him, not the company. So if he leaves the department or the company I consider myself a free agent.
__________________

__________________
laurence is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-26-2009, 10:57 AM   #22
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,616
Quote:
Originally Posted by Achiever51 View Post
I went back to four of his previous mgrs (all of whom gave a strong positive recommendation)...and since the guy was now history, they all admitted that the guy was a disaster and each had "passed the rock" rather than deal with issue. What a shame!
One of my commands had an absolute disaster of a civil servant-- ironically in charge of human resources.

The employee applied for a transfer to a new command, causing our XO to do the dance of joy. Unfortunately the new command's XO was a family friend, so I felt obligated to share some of this employee's challenges with her.

Much to my surprise (and my XO's shock), a year later this civil servant was employee-of-the-year material. I don't know if it was the new environment, a clean slate, or a forewarned XO. She was pretty happy with the whole situation.
__________________

__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2009, 10:11 PM   #23
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,403
I never wanted to be a manager, and might not make a good one. I got along reasonably well with coworkers, and perhaps that would not allow me to be an effective manager, being too soft.

The Megacorps I were with all had a career path for people who wanted to remain technical workers and not getting into management. It was called the "technical ladder", among other things. Once I was on it, found out that there was no avoidance of politics and people's issues. The only way out, I thought, was to join small start-ups, where a group of like-minded technical guys could define our own work environment.

Hah! Just a trade-off of one set of problems for another set. The latter even cost me lost wages besides years of hard work.

I am telling ya, "fun work" only exists in your dream. If you get paid to do something, it's gonna extract something from you, either body or soul or both.

I am working part-time now, but "je ne veux pas travailler". Mais oui, je veux dejeuner!

PS. Search forums for "travailler" if you wonder what it is all about.
__________________
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2009, 04:20 PM   #24
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
BunsGettingFirm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 1,502
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW-Bound View Post
I
The only way out, I thought, was to join small start-ups, where a group of like-minded technical guys could define our own work environment.

Hah! Just a trade-off of one set of problems for another set. The latter even cost me lost wages besides years of hard work.

I am telling ya, "fun work" only exists in your dream. If you get paid to do something, it's gonna extract something from you, either body or soul or both.

I am working part-time now, but "je ne veux pas travailler". Mais oui, je veux dejeuner!

PS. Search forums for "travailler" if you wonder what it is all about.
LOL! Where I am in a start up that got bought by mega corp. Besides the nicer web-company furniture, the crap is exactly the same. You're dealing with people who are basically fighting for a pot of money. The smart ones try to make the pot bigger, but that doesn't prevent others from just wanting to keep the pot the same but get more of what's in the pot for themselves. Oh, yes, it's costing me $15k in pay a year. I may have to go back to being a hardware engineer just so I don't dig a bigger hole for myself.
__________________

__________________
BunsGettingFirm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bad Economy Pushes Retirees to Mexico ExploringMEXretirement FIRE and Money 0 01-30-2009 01:30 PM
Travel - Bad Economy, Strong USD, Good Deals chinaco Travel Information 59 01-18-2009 07:52 PM
What is a (good) manager? vvsonikvv Young Dreamers 55 08-01-2006 10:26 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:11 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.