To start this off, I’m intentionally leaving a few things vague on the off chance that someone involved in this reads the boards (I don’t think it’s bloody likely, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution). Do ask if something seems unclear.
On to the rant…
I work for a company that does advertising and publishing. We do two publications each month. It’s a very small company–just me and one other person–so there’s plenty of work to go around.
Today, the other person–who is very much my boss–delivered the proofs for the pages that I had done to the people who commission the publication we are currently working on. Therefore, she is with this person, and I am here working on things (I have break right now).
The person she is showing the proofs is also the person who sends us the articles. And she’s been running way late and disorganized this month, to the point of driving me batty. And now, she’s sending multiple emails saying “_____ not on proof.”
I KNOW that this articles haven’t been placed yet, because YOU SENT THEM ALL FREAKING YESTERDAY! I’ve been the only one here, and I can’t work eight hours a day; I have class. I do what I can while I’m here, and doing over three articles an hour with layout and proofing and placing ads and getting everything essentially ready to go to the goddamned printers. If you want me to do a shit job proofing, great, fine, I can do three an hour, but if you want me to do my job well, stop your bitching.
Also, it doesn’t help that you send articles days in advance of the pictures that go with them with no mention of there being pictures with it! If I get a short article with no pictures, I’m going to place it as soon as I can; this gets a little farked up when I find out that there’re supposed to be three pictures with the article.
Look, I talked to you yesterday, and you admitted you’re running behind. That’s fine, and I’ll still have it all done by deadline. But bloody fuck, woman, I can’t have them ALL done the day BEFORE deadline! And if you can’t proof them. . .that’s fine. I’m an English major. I know grammar, I know style, and I know how to use a red pen. I can correct one or two articles. It’s not a big deal.
Oh! And boss! If you’re not going to be here, leave the notes where I can FIND them! A note I can’t see does me no good at all. I taped yours to the answering machine. You buried mine in the ad folder. Which do you think is more effective?
::sighs:: Back to the mills. I hate deadline weeks.