So a few months ago I got a new job. I.T. at a bank, doing network stuff only with close to a 25% increase in pay. What’s not to love, right?
Well, the job was a fucking nightmare. They managed the I.T. staff through fear. The turn over was way high. In fact I was brought in because most of the I.T. staff had left a little before I came on. Of course, I did not know this when I took the job. The C.I.O is a screamer. You’d hear her screaming at various people in their offices as you walked around.
When you were at work no one talked. Everyone was too worried about getting fired. So you went in, sat at your desk, did your work and pretended that it was natural to not talk to any coworkers.
The change control procedures were insane. Moving a cable on an access port required 6 forms and about a week. I understand the need for change control but this was seriously insane. Projects were crazy as well. Not enough people and not enough time. For example, we were changing internet providers and it required huge amounts of firewall and routing changes. How much time? About three days. With one person doing the work. It should have been a week, minimum and preferably more.
Anyway, it sucked.
And then my boss, a director, left. I thought the guy was an ass. Smart but a total dick. Then he put in his two weeks because he found a better position, and he became the nicest guy. Since he didn’t have to deal with the C.I.O. anymore, he was suddenly happy and really cool.
Before my boss left we went over open projects/tasks that I would need to pick up. More work and not enough time.
Did I mention that I was the only network person? The bank usually has three.
So I am totally swamped. Stressing out and hating going into work because everyone is so damned scared of The Screamer.
Then comes the meeting.
We head into a meeting. The first after my boss left. The Screamer is running it. First up, network team which is just me. I go over all the stuff on my plate. A crap load of work. When I finish The Screamer, in a tone I had heard before but never experienced first hand, asks me about a project. This project, reconfiguring the firewall to block all traffic and only allow partners, has never been mentioned to me in any way. It is an insane amount of work.
I tell The Screamer that a) there is no work order for this b) my boss did not go over this project before he left and this is the first I have heard about the project and c) I can get it done but it will take some time. I will have to go through and identify all incoming and outgoing traffic, write the rules, contact our partners, write the change controls and ensure that the new rules will not break anything.
Cue The Screamer.
The Screamer starts freaking out. My ex-boss is the guy who got everything done. He is gone and The Screamer is fucked because the only skill she has is the ability to scream really loud.
So The Screamer starts in on me. I break in and tell her I can get it done but she just goes off.
I break in again and said something like:
“This is insane. The project got dropped in the transistion. Yelling about it ain’t gonna get it done and…”
The Screamer breaks in with her screaming.
I cut her off and said something like:
“This is fucking stupid. I am not sure what the hell you are trying to do but I sure as hell know that screaming at the people who you want to fix your problem is the dumbest damned thing you can do. If you want peoole to work for you, treat them with respect. If you want someone to keep on screaming, go for it. But I am not going to deal with it. Fix the damned firewall yourself. I rather work at Taco Bell than put up with you.”
The Screamer started screaming again but I didn’t pay much attention as I was walking out the door.I grabbed my stuff from my desk and left.
I am not sure if I quit or was fired.
Anyway I ended up out of a job.
Short on cash due to my wedding and having my wifes kids out to visit.
I came home and explained what happened to my wife. Then applied for a couple jobs.
I got an interview with a national testing company. They needed a network/VM guy.
First interview went well. Then I went in and took some tests. Think personallity and skills tests. It is what the company does so of course I had to run through them.
And I got the job. And I start a couple thousand higher than the bank job. Plus this is straight to hire. The bank job was contract to hire.
I am flying out to California next Monday to meet the people in the head office. Two days out there then I start out here.
In hindsight I discovered employee reviews are something you really ought to check before taking a position. I checked on the bank reviews after leaving. They are pretty damned funny. For the customer service side all the reviews are glowing.
On the I.T. side they are all negative. One just says:
“Do not work in I.T. here. Run away”
Another says simply:
“Horrible management in I.T.”
It has been stressful as hell. I haven’t hated a job so much ever. I was hunting for a new job the second week I was there. I didn’t plan on leaving untill I had a new job but some shit is just not acceptable.