In this thread I wailed about my job, unrealistic on-call expectations, and so on.
The on-call crap has abated a good deal. Unfortunately, nothing else has improved - endless repetitive maintenance tasks, same complaints (some addressable, some not), fun projects get handed to other people.
I’ve finally realized that the problem is not entirely me. My boss has simply decided that I’m not going to be allowed to do anything else.
There’s a job here that’s been open for months. It’s an excellent match for what I like to do, and it’s almost identical to a job I held before this one. My old employer was very happy with my work in that job, so I’m confident that I could step right into this one. The first time I told my current boss I was interested in this job, he looked at me like I’d crapped in his coffee. Same reaction next time (he’d just been complaining about the lack of applicants for the job). Yesterday I reiterated my interest in the job and pointed out that I have basically done the job before. The response was, “Oh, I’m sure you can handle the technical parts of the job, I just don’t think you can handle the politics.”
WTF? I’ve read the job description and I’ve heard the boss describe what he’s looking for. It’s not a kissy-ass glorified sales job. It’s a hands-on development job with some project management. If the job is as described, it does not require the touch of a gifted diplomat. The person who does this job needs to be able to gather requirements from the client, come up with a mutually agreeable solution, and implement it, communicating (in plain English or tech-speak, as appropriate) all the while. I’m really not sure where the “politics” comment came from. If he means the client doesn’t like me personally, I’d have expected this to come up in a review or at some other time (“Hey cwthree, your work is great but be warned that the client has complained that you’re a jackass.”).
I know - because he told me - that the boss was hoping to get a former colleague of his into the job. This is not as odious as it sounds - the former colleague is eminently qualified for the job and would have fit in well. But she was offered the job and declined to accept it, and she’s now doing something else. The other applicants are not acquaintances of the boss.
So, I’m stuck with a boss who has decided that I’m simply not going to be allowed to move out of my pigeonhole. If anyone has advice for getting him to wise up, I’m open to it. But I’m not going to hold my breath.