My manager is an idiot.

My manager is an idiot. I feel like I’m working in a Dilbert cartoon.

Those on the board with computer knowledge will be able to appreciate my frustration:

This afternoon, I forwarded a message to my manager regarding the SYS: volume on one of our servers being out of disk space. It was at 94% in use, and sending error broadcasts out to the users. In the meantime, I deleted some unnecessary files off of that volume. He replied with the following: (and I am quoting here)

“I looked at Insight. Vol1 is at 44% and Sys is at 87%. Perhaps we should move some space but is does not look like the users are outgrowing the space.”

They are using 87%, the volume stats are in the red, they are getting warning messages, the volume currently holds an ARCserve database which grows in size daily, but it’s not a problem? Okay.

This morning, my manager came to my desk and asked:

Him - How long would it take us to put antivirus workstation updates in place for the Sheriff’s departments?

Me - They are already in place.

Him - No, I mean the ones in the login scripts.

Me - They are already in place.

Him - No, I mean to have them running.

Me - They are running. They have been running since last week.

Him - Oh. Well, I’ll tell them we just started running them this week, since they don’t like us to make changes without change management.

Me – You filled out the change management request for this two weeks ago, and signed off on it.

Him - Oh? That’s right, I did, didn’t I?

Last week, My manager asked me where a coworker was. I told him he was at one of our remote sights, hacking into a server on which we did not have an administrative account, to change a user’s password. He thought about this for a moment, then said, “I should call him to have him set us up an admin account while he is there.” Really? Gee, I wish we had thought of that ourselves… and what exactly would hacking into the server to reset a password involve, if not that exact thing???

Thank you for allowing me this moment to rant.

Anyone else have any stupid manager stories, so I know I’m not all alone in this?

Managers…bless their hearts… it’s just like talking to a dog. It just doesn’t sink in no matter how often you say it or how hard you try to ensure they understand. They get that look on their face as if they get it but a couple of minutes later… nope, they’ve lost it again.

“Steve - blah, blah, blah, blah. Ok, Steve? Blah, blah, blah, Steve. Blah, blah, blah, meeting, blah, blah, blah. Blah, blah, project plan, blah, blah, blah…”

I could give more examples of this guy, but it’s too depressing. Fortunately, his manager is much more intelligent - we usually just bypass M1 and go straight to M2 when it’s important. :slight_smile:

::shakes head:: How do they get these jobs in the first place? Must be the Peter Principle.

A couple of months ago, our Director of IT (two bosses above this guy - we’ve got layer upon layer of management) informed us that:

Internet cafes (his words) are as effective a training tool as Microsoft courses

Information about computers can be found on the Internet (he had just learned that, and was bragging about it)

It’s a good thing management here is not relied upon to get the real work done.

And as to how they get the jobs - this is government. It’s not what you know, it’s who’s ass you kiss.


You poor thing, I’ll loan you my .sig!

Thank you, SouthernStyle - you’ve made my day. :slight_smile: :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

This is my stupid boss story from another thread:

I tried to log on to my email at work, but we have to change passwords every 9 weeks. The prompt came up to change password and I followed all directions to do so, but the password would not change, nor would it let me in using my old password.

I went to my supervisor (a man I repeatedly say is so stupid he couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the bottom of the heel, and I still stand by that statement!). I was told to see Rick, the guy in charge of our mail server. Rick wasn’t around, so I went to my supervisor again. He told me Rick sometimes works from home and I should send him an email. Again, the problem is, **I CAN’T ACCESS MY EMAIL!! **

So I decide I can live without email for a day. This morning, I go to see Rick and explain my problem. He says to me, “This is happening a lot lately. Didn’t you get my email?” I just gave him a disbelieving look. After a couple seconds, he realizes what he said and simply says, “Oh, right,” and gave me an intranet address where I could fix the problem.

I know…lets design an elaboate scheme to make peoples life easier, then we’ll spend weeks implementing it. It runs smoothly. Everything is great.

1 person complains; FLIP FLOP. lets go back to the old way…it must’ve been better.


About 6 years ago, I worked for a company that just got all its computers networked together. Every 12 weeks it would prompt users to change their passwords. Well, the big bosses (VP, department heads, etc.) didn’t like changing passwords, so they asked me singly to disable the password changing. I couldn’t do that, I told them, but I could set the due date for their next change to some far future date, say 12/31/99. (Being pre-Y2K, that’s as far as I could go.) I’m just wondering how freaked they were when they came back to work last January and all of them had to change their passwords. :D:D