April 28, 2005

Clarification for Yesterday's Rant

For my new readers, I thought I might clarify some things. For my loyal readers, this will be a reminder.

I did not seek employment. They sought me. If I had been a horrible employee that stressed everyone out, that people hated to contend with, they would not have called me. I have since been privy to conversations with regard to other former co-workers seeking employment with my new employer and have heard them being turned down… we have a good group of people and we don’t want to mess with the mix.

My vent was not about my current employer, but about the big corporation we subcontract with. I worked for that big corporation for 12 years. The only good thing about it was working with the United States Air Force, my co-workers (I keep in touch with a few I grew to love), and the actual mental work. The management style was that of mind games and brain washing, where everyone wondered if they would have a job next year, the threat of being laid off constantly being held over your head if you did not ‘perform’, and people were consistently told that, ‘You’ll never be able to find a job as good as the one you have here in this county. We pay the best, we have the best benefits, people would DIE to work for us.’ Funny, as people died WHILE working for them…

I did not get fired. They closed my plant. I feel certain that if they had not, I would have stayed and shut off the lights at age 62 ½. I am not bitter, but actually thankful it occurred. It made me prioritize my life… my family comes first.

My current company is extraordinarily laid back and a real pleasure to work for. I never see management, it is casual, there is never any screaming and yelling and cursing at people, employees are never called into offices to have their asses chewed out constantly, nobody walks around with a pink ring around their mouth from all the Pepto Bismal they drink to keep their stomach at bay, nobody has been carted off yet having suffered a heart attack at work. That last one is always a bonus.

Let me tell you about my rants. You’ve been privy to a few here. Where in my earlier days, they were more often, I was more easily irritated by gross ineptitude, they are less frequent now as I prefer not to get that worked up about crap I just have no control over. However, it does happen and since it is part of my personality.

I do NOT rant and carry on in public. I don’t stand in my cube shouting at people. Yesterday’s rant consisted of my calling my lead, the guy who hired me, a guy who knows me probably better than my husband except not in the biblical sense, a guy who knew EXACTLY what he was getting when he made the call for me to come work for him, and saying something like, “Who in the hell came up with this process? They didn’t fix the process. To fix the process you pull it apart and figure out where the weak links are. All those pinheads did was add ANOTHER LAYER OF MANAGEMENT! GRRR…” and off I went.

So… would you like to know what happened next, which I did not post? After I got off the phone with my lead, and he explained in deep detail how this affected all of us and who the King Pinhead was who came up with this ‘fix’ (I guessed who he was on the phone), my cube was suddenly FULL of my co-workers saying, “What did he say? What did he say?” Everyone wanted to know all the details of how we were now supposed to function, why it had occurred, and what was next.

If I had been a stark raving mad bitch, trust me, nobody would have come to my cube for process data.

I’m not a good mechanical engineer. I can do it, I am average, but I’m not GREAT. I am a process oriented person… I am an analyst as my blog bro _Jon of We Swear pointed out in his comments. In my life before working for pay again, in my volunteer work, organizations came to me and said, ‘we are broken, fix me’, and I did. Everyone has a talent. Mine happens to be flowing out the process with team members, the capability of seeing through the crap, figuring out the weak links, and WITH team members, fixing it. That is one of the things I can do. I'm also excellent at analyzing data and forecasting.

I hate people telling me their problem, asking me for help, and then when I make suggestions, they are real quick to say, “no, that won’t work. No, that wont’ work.” Don’t do that to me. It will piss me off. If you come to me with a problem, be open to my suggestions. You may not want to take them, but listen to them and see if they can fit your needs or if they can be modified to do so. And then… if you perpetually whine, then you better be able to come up with a couple suggestions of your own.

I hate helpless people too busy whining to formulate a plan of action.

Because of this, I NEVER take my problems to management without potential solutions.

I hate meetings as I have found most of them just to be a forum for someone to listen to themselves talk. Very little is accomplished and I have too much work on my desk to be wasted listening to people blather.

I am not management material. And… for the record, even though I am not happy about the selection of a few people to King Pinhead position at my old company, I am very happy to say, that one of my closest friends was finally recognized for her innate abilities and although she will never make it to the VP level she deserves, she has made it up the ranks. I would work for her in a heart beat.

So I hope that clarifies things. They sought me, I like them, my old employer is still messed up, I LOVE my co-workers, I am not stressful to work with, I am process oriented, I hate whiners, I still hate meetings, I am not management material.

Class dismissed.

Posted by Boudicca at April 28, 2005 09:17 AM
Comments

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Posted by: _Jon at April 28, 2005 09:39 AM

Wow, you summed up in two posts how I am feeling about work right now.

In quality one works with inept people daily, and every once in awhile that stupidness just gets to me and I blow. I never blow at work, but poor hubby gets to listen to me rant about the stupid people at work.

I am very process oriented too and everyone on the floor knows that and they know the quickest way to piss me off is not to follow processes.

Posted by: Machelle at April 28, 2005 09:54 AM

You and Morrigan....wanting to fix stuff! You two crack me up. Throw her into a more social environment and she does the exact same thing.

Too funny!

Posted by: Sissy at April 28, 2005 10:04 AM

"The management style was that of mind games and brain washing, where everyone wondered if they would have a job next year..."

Reminds me of "staff meetings" at one job: supervisor NEVER had staff meetings unless someone was to be ripped a new one in a very public manner. Last one to get the notification was usually on their way OUT.

"Am I the last one? Oh, man, I am! I'd better call my wife!" was not an uncommon expression...

"I hate helpless people too busy whining to formulate a plan of action."

No, really! You do? Join the club. :-)

Posted by: David at April 28, 2005 11:02 AM

Tad defensive, are we?

It's cool, though. I totally understand what you mean. I'm way more of a stomp-around-grumbling kind of person when it comes to morons I have to deal with...

Posted by: caltechgirl at April 28, 2005 02:02 PM
The management style was that of mind games and brain washing, where everyone wondered if they would have a job next year, the threat of being laid off constantly being held over your head if you did not ‘perform’, and people were consistently told that, ‘You’ll never be able to find a job as good as the one you have here in this county. We pay the best, we have the best benefits, people would DIE to work for us.’

Sounds like those guys and the assholes I formerly labored for (and poor T1G still does) went to the same business school.

Posted by: Graumagus at April 28, 2005 02:37 PM

Hey now! I went to that school of management!

In all seriousness there are a lot of companies and businesses run that way.

Posted by: Contagion at April 28, 2005 02:47 PM

*throwing an apple in door for teacher and running....FAST*

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at April 28, 2005 03:33 PM

[Leaving Easter Bunny Chocolate]

Tsk, Tara..American Aunt Boudicca needs it more than you do!

Posted by: Sally at April 28, 2005 06:09 PM

Oh yes! I love chocolate bunnies!!!!

Posted by: Bou at April 28, 2005 09:58 PM

Meetings are the No. 2 time waster in the office, second only behind smoke breaks for the addicted.

We have meetings all day long and nothing is ever decided at any of them. I've always wondered why the bean counters don't see this and ban them. But the bean counters are probably too tied up in meetings to notice. :)

Posted by: George at April 30, 2005 01:39 PM