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examples of any notable behaviour/anecdotes will also be accepted
so I talk technical at him till he goes away, then back on DiS
can't get enough of em
Throw a scary-sounding acroynm in there every now and again: Yyou seem to know what you're doing, I'll leave you to get on with it then". Happy days.
Excellent at all aspects of her job which don't involve managing or motivating people, but makes the company so much money that she has free reign to do whatever the fuck she wants.
Notable moments including sending the HR person round to threaten me with a disciplinary for having an untidy desk, implementing harsher appraisals to better motivate staff with resulted in several lots of actual tears, a pretty racist rant about Turkish people and an incident where she honest to god made the - please excuse the terminology - "mong face" in response to a fairly trivial error.
i feel your pain so so bad
It's a consequence of how my profession works. You get in by having a strong academic background. You progress by being good at making your employer money. This puts you in the position of having loads of power over underlings without ever having to have demonstrated (or learned) managerial or motivational skills.
And the firms have the same trainee/associate/partner structure as "proper" law firms, which might be what's ringing a bell :)
my company is working on an individual contributor track, where you can rise up levels without having any direct reports as a sort of expert, knowledge sharer type of thing. They're even looking into people of lower levels (who are good people managers) managing the higher level individual contributors, but HR really don't like this.
He lets me get away with murder, which then I let him get away with murder, you know? The girls love him
Making him an excellent manager
As such I've got enough dirt on him to bring him down with me should it ever come to it.
plays Creed loudly through his PC though
Aye he's alright! :)
Female boss who worked every hour she had because she hated her home life and was one of those who was lauded within the company because she worked every hour. Trouble was she then wanted you to do the same.
Similar case with a Project Manager who treated me like shit because I think she felt a bit threatened by me. It was a contract though so literally told her to go fuck herself in the last week
Had one boss who admitted to me she was having an affair with one of our major customers. This wouldn't have been too much of a problem if her husband hadn't worked in the same sodding office
Another female boss was fucking the MD so had a meteroic rise through the company in a matter of years. She was a major bully with it. She pretty much forced all her staff to Facebook friend her so that she could keep tabs on them at all times.
Sounds like I have a problem with female bosses. I don't.
I like the women
Great, great guy. Two thumbs up.
but here we are: the bosses are a married couple. champagne socialists, accidental fascists, she's an ego-machine, he's entirely dominated by her and calls her a 'genius' at least once a day. she's no more a genius than i am, believe me. the only good thing about them is that they are easy to manipulate because they never want to be seen to be 'corporate'.
the husband has been caught wanking in the office by the way.
i have had about 5 years worth of compassionate leave this last 18 months he just signs it off as if i've been in the office. he also keeps us informed of all the not very nice developments that are happening at the mo whereas the other team managers keep their teams in the dark
i like to call her out on using stupid management speak though. This morning she asked me if reinitiate was a word. I asked her what the context was and she said we need to start again. I told her to use start again
its one of the reasons i'm finding it hard to leave my job.
These are his defining characteristics.
Probably the best I've ever had, in terms of being approachable and helping develop my "career". Not the type to go for a drink with, as a few of my previous bosses have been. I don't mind that though.
Only had one really terrible one, who brought all her home problems into work and took it out primarily on me (I was her only direct report), which made my life completely miserable for about 18 months. I got my revenge though - she applied for a job the place I worked after and the person recruiting asked me about her, as she'd been one of the strongest candidates at interview. I gave him my honest opinion, and it resulted in her not being offered the job. Felt pretty good about that.
I was thinking of applying for her job when my previous boss left but decided against it. She's not got any technical speciality in my area of work - she's just got management experience so... I'm not learning anything and often feel I have to correct her on all sorts of basic stuff. As a result, I'm pretty demotivated.
he works in another office 160 miles away with everyone else in my office. he doesn't seem like care about managing me. he likes detail so on the rare occassion he shows up for our fortnightly one 2 ones, i moan at him about how no one else like detail and how I'm surrounded by a clan of thundercocks. i quite like him. he's a bit odd.
I report into them for different aspects of my job. They're all immensely nice people, probably the best managers I've ever had. I wish this wasn't just a 6 month contract :(
no technical knowledge of what we do. which i like. could lose the dad jokes though
"Woke up with a tea bag in my mouth. I was livid: no one treats me like a mug"
That was last night.
Nancy - good crack; hates men but offers me a lot of work because she thinks I'm brilliant. Close to retirement so spends a lot of time saying thinly-veiled bitchy things about other staff.
Margaret - talks in football metaphors a lot of the time. Was totally taken in by some shit I said at an interview last year and keeps offering me work in her department despite the fact I'm not good at it.
Alister - In charge of a department full of women. Thinks I'm great because I am not a woman. Full of shit; doesn't understand how to run the course I've taught for a year already but won't accept any of my advice.
fucking slave driver
would like to do more technical stuff but pretty much has to do the management stuff cos there's no-one else who can do it. good guy too. will probably never go any higher than his current level because he doesn't do all the politics etc, which is a shame.
i think they are hoping that i will progress to basically do his sort of work in a couple of years. don't have any interest in doing that though, which will be why i may have to leave sooner or later. will feel bad because he helped me get a permanent job there after temping for three years but i think it has to be done :(
But then everyone where I work is one of the good guys. It's a bit unnerving. Like Rosemary's Baby or the Black Hole Sun video or something.