A place like a prison - PrisonI am an engineer. Me and most of my co-workers used to love our jobs, and you'd rarely hear a complaint. That is until new management took over about a year ago.
They have someone come by several times a day and do surveys on us to see what % of groups are working. "working" is considered being silent with hands on keyboard or talking to others about a project. Tying your shoes, getting coffee, walking to the bathroom, scratching your head, or asking someone about their weekend is considered non productive and is documented in the reports. I was documented once for "stretching" after i had just bent over my computer for 4 hours to pull off a last minute request with tight deadline, i rolled back in my chair and stretched to get relief. Then i looked up and the time monitor was coming through. I was like you got to be kidding me.
They also make us use PTO if we aer even 1 minute late.
They dont let us have cellphones at our desk anymore.
Management meets for hours and can not make decisions. THey change project criteria mid-stream often, resulting in rework and compressed deadlines.
I recently had completed a task that would affect many people and was told to go start showing the internal customer so there wouldn't be any surprises. I met with the director of the dept who was my internal customer and presented the project. He was on board and rolled it out to his entire organization (hundreds of people).
Then the next day day our mgt decided to radically change the project in a way that adversely affected my internal customer. I mentioned that I had already presented it and that changing it now would hurt our credibility as well as create tension. Mgt said well dont say anything and maybe they wont notice, what can we do to hide this. I said the hell with that, my internal customer deserve know.
My company is obcessed with appearances. There are pre-meeting meetings where people obcess over how to spin the data in order to hide the fact they dont perform. Every week the management talks about the same performance issues and blames other departments. It is a big blame-storming conference.
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