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espirit de corpse

Had my annual review with boss.  It was sufficiently glowing for me to not bother pressing the fact that he dismissed everything I did for the first half of the year (when he wasn't our boss), despite repeated reassurances in the past that he would not do that.  And he only listed a small portion of things I'd done even in the last half of the year.  Explaining those other items to him would have been exhausting (he only listed the work he could understand), and I decided it wasn't worth the bother.

There is always a section at the end about what to improve for next year (no matter how good this year was).  He's wanting me to display more leadership - ironically, I'd been intentionally holding back lately because I felt it wasn't right for me to be doing his job for him.  Picking up every ball he drops isn't leadership, it's babysitting.

one of the phrases in that section was "esprit de corps".  Which surprised me, since I would have assumed he didn't know the meaning of the phrase.  Well...he didn't.  When he got to that section, he pronounced it "espirit de corpse", mumbled for a while, then said it was a phrase from D - a boss-of-boss who left two years ago.  So...boss didn't write his own performance reviews, he just plagiarized them from past reviews?

Toward the end of the review, he started talking about how he was a role model for me, that I should look at him and say "this is who I can be in a few years".  Um...no.

At the end of the review, I brought up the story he'd related to my teammates earlier that day, and tried to explain to him how deeply inappropriate it was.  It was the story about him playing jokes on the ex-coworker with severe OCD, by repeatedly moving his stuff.  To be clear, he told this story - and laughed - only days after he'd asked the team for a list of things to improve and had been told (among other things) to stop making inappropriate jokes.

On the one hand, he's an idiot.  On the other hand, he's said he will basically just let me do whatever I think needs doing, since that appears to turn out well.  So in theory, I'm my own boss.  Except of course I'm not, because he keeps mucking things up, so half of "whatever I think needs doing" is cleaning up his messes.  So, I can stay employed there as long as I like, but yeah I still need to be looking for a new job.  The assorted bonus&raise stuff comes in March and April; there's a regular annual company exodus after about mid-April.

Two teammates and I were talking last week, about one of the teams that is glaringly absent from the company, and has been since Conversion.  It would be pretty easy to make a case for how much good that team could do...and the three of us would all love working on that team.  So, that's another thought.  Who to sell it to and how...that's the big hurdle.


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Feb. 24th, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
Man, an incompetent but hands-off boss is the most mixed blessing of all time.
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Friending welcome, but lurking is fine too.

Constructive criticism is also welcome - whatever it is, trust me, I've heard worse.

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