No, that's the sad part. I work for a company of less than 10 full-time employees (eBolters)

by Frantoll, Thursday, May 18, 2017, 16:34 (5 days ago) @ Ophelia

it's a small company that uses a lot of contractors.

Yet I also have like 2-3 bosses: The president of the company, a departmental head, and an account manager. We also have a head of graphic design, a production assistant, two programmers, and an office manager/bookkeeper. The rest are contract writers, contract artists, contract programmers, etc.

The company keeps TRYING to hire people but we're too cheap to hire competent, high-quality people, and we're absolutely miserable about onboarding, so we end up burning through all of these newbies. There's this whole sink-or-swim thing going on, too. And because we're constantly using new people, it's like we're reinventing the wheel each time, and we're running our projects really inefficiently. The head of the company hires someone shitty or semi-shitty, then we throw them into a project and if they show signs of weakness or incompetence, the account manager has them fired. Rinse, repeat.

For the past three years we used to have a production manager, but she wasn't that good and got canned (or quit) in December. We hired a guy to replace her and he lasted less than a month before we fired him. We also lost two staff PAs early this year. We hired a director of graphic design who was "shadowing" people for two months, then he got fired a couple months later because he didn't understand his role in the company. A couple weeks ago we also lost/fired our office manager/bookkeeper who had been here longer than me. And I heard a rumor our head programmer gave notice and will be gone next week. He started at the company the same time as me, so if he leaves, I'll end up as the longest-tenured employee aside from the company president.

(Wow, when I write all of that out like that the situation seems even more ridiculous.)

So, we're chronically short-staffed and as a result, so much of my time is being spent on dealing with resource problems, logistics, supervising, QA, etc. Because I have high standards and am relatively intelligent (specially compared to some of our hires), my bosses see that and think "he should be managing people."

But they forget I'm also the only person at the company with my writing/design/client-facing skill set, and that's not something they can easily replace if I were made into a full-time manager. They really need people like me to do my job or they won't have anything to sell to clients in the first place.

I'm much more valuable to them in the role they hired me for than I would be as a project manager. And I'm not particularly good at managing others anyway, especially the incompetent or apathetic people we seem to keep hiring, so I shouldn't be doing that (Peter Principle). If they need me to delegate, fine, but give me people I can trust, or we're just wasting my time and the company's money.


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