Normally this sort of thing would go into the Pit… but I’m just too jaded to work up some good vitriol.
Six months ago I started working at a new company. Aside from the other employees, the main characters in today’s drama are J (my immediate coworker), S (our superior), and G (S’ superior). Oh, and me.
Like I said, I’ve been here six months. J was hired on six months before I was. J’s fairly good at what he does, but he’s not great. Since he’s got seniority, he trained me- and, without bragging, I’m better than he is. He’s also been the one setting up the schedule for the two of us… and I’ve been ending up with the scutwork.
Now, normally, the fact that I’m better than him (and faster at the work as well) would be noticed by our supervisor. Unfortunately, S is a hands-off kind of manager- VERY hands-off. He refuses to make any sort of commitment, and, although he reviews our work every week, he doesn’t exactly manage, if you know what I mean. As a result, J’s and my work get combined into one pool, which is what G sees- and so he never sees that I do more work than J, or that my work is better.
So today I got called into a little meeting. It seems that J has been promoted to be my immediate supervisor. He’ll be scheduling our work, which is no big change- but now he’ll be signing off on all of my work.
Just yesterday I was looking at his work and just itching to improve it… but now I’m going to have to do stuff HIS way. Yeah, I know he’s got seniority… but that doesn’t mean that his work is inherently better than mine. I’ve already been feeling out of the loop… and I think it’s just going to get worse, now.
I’ve been thinking about having a talk with G and S, and letting them know that I’m not real happy with this, and that I already feel like I’m carrying J. Like I said, however, I’ve only been here six months, and I really don’t want to rock the boat anymore than I have to.