Post # 1
So I’m in a little predicament. My 3 month probationary period for my job is going to be over soon and, to become an official employee, I have to go through an evaluation done by my manager. My ‘technical’ manager, who is the Director, is not the person who oversees me on a daily basis so the person that I work directly with, who is essentially my supervisor, is performing the evaluation. From the first day she has told me that she didn’t want to hire me because she didn’t think I had the right background to be successful in the position and never would be able to compensate for it, but the Director disagreed with her and chose to hire me because he wanted to go in a new direction and having a background in the industry was irrelevant. I don’t think she means it in a malicious way, she just lacks a filter.
Anyways, at least 3 times a week she mentions her concern over me being able to perform my job at a competent level because I don’t have the background in the industry that she has. It’s made me really uncomfortable and actually scared for my job. Not only am I scared to ask her questions because me not knowing the information just confirms her belief that I don’t have the background knowledge (I asked a question once and she mumbled to herself ‘This is why I told the ‘Director’ why hiring you was a bad idea……but no one ever listens to me’ and usually responds with ‘you know you’re going to have to know that right?’), but I’m scared that on the day of the review she is just going to say that I was not able to sufficiently do my job and I’ll be terminated. Because she’s the only person who has observed my work, I’ll have no one else to stand up for me. I’ve been working 10 hour days trying to learn the information, but the expectations are that I be at the knowledge level of someone who has been in the industry for 6+ years (from her, not from the ‘Director’).
I don’t want to make a scene about it, or act paranoid, but is this an issue you bring up with HR for those ‘just in case’ situations, or do I just have to take my chances? I don’t want to look like a complainer and I don’t want to look like I’m throwing someone I work with under the bus when I’m still new there. I just would rather not be fired and I can’t be certain of that not happening right now.
Post # 3
Oooh, what a predicament! Do you have any coworkers that would stick up for you? That might not even help. I don’t know! I might be inclined to contact HR, but I understand your concern over appearing paranoid.
Sorry I’m not help but I know the other bees will have some good suggestions, they always do. Good luck with this!
Post # 5
Have you talked to the director? I would raise the questions with them, and say because of her comments that you wonder if she is able to give a fair assessment of your work. It seems like she been rooting for you to fail, or at the very least blinded by what you bring to the table because she got in her head that you don’t have the right background.
Post # 6
This is well beyond not having a filter…this destructive to the workplace! This is a lack of professionalism and I would encourage you to discuss this with HR. You have obviously dedicated yourself to this position and have made it through your probationary period…so you have proved that you deserve the position. It would be devastating to know that someone who cannot keep her negative mentality and hurtful thoughts to herself has your future in her hands.
Post # 7
I don’t know if there is anything you can do “pre-emptively,” but with every evaluation I’ve ever seen or had, you have a chance to respond. I would assume you could respond/take it up with the director if she gives you a bad evaluation. Here’s hoping that won’t be the case!
Post # 8
@ananeele: Are there a list of accomplishments that you can state to her and/or to the director? Like bullet points that you would write in your resume?
Post # 9
@Papillon23: Unfortunately, I haven’t made it past the probationary period. That’s the 90 day review that’s coming up. Basically it’s a ‘hire/not hire’ evaluation. I’m building a list of things I’ve done and learned, but, since I don’t have the background, 99.9% of what I’ve been doing is just learning everything, so a lot of its not really ‘performance’ based unless I can claim I’ve progressed with learning it. Basically I’ve spent the entire time observing, reading books, and making myself a ‘reference manual’ from what I’ve observed and read to record important information.
She told me yesterday that she gave the director a 30 day evaluation (which I didn’t even know happened and have no idea what it says) saying I didn’t actively seek constructive criticism or ask her enough questions so I’m not building a rapport with her and come across as very standoffish and she was concerned about how we’re supposed to successfully work together with me having that type of attitude and that I’m setting myself up for failure and all she wants to do is help me be successful. I don’t want to get confrontational with her about why I’m acting in that manner (especially since we share a windowless office and are alone, literally, just the 2 of us, door closed, all day, every day).
But, on an additional note, I also don’t think it’s appropriate to mention you performed an evaluation without me knowing I was being evaluated, tell me one thing you wrote, and then not even show me it so I can see the entire evaluation or have a chance to respond.
Post # 10
@ananeele: I’m not sure if you have the luxury to find another position or if this is a job that you absolutely love, but from personal experience, having a difficult supervisor definitely makes your job more dreadful and not worth it.
After your probation period and if you get hired on, will you be working with this woman on a day-to-day basis?
It sounds like you’ve clearly demonstrated your commitment to this work despite not having the background in the industry. Ask the director if there is a chance to respond to the 30 day evaluation. The way I see it, if they don’t hire you on, it is their loss and you won’t have to work with that horrible woman.
Post # 11
Perhaps you could join an industry related message board and ask your questions there? Do lots of research within your industry and by pass that bitch.
Post # 12
It sounds like she is intentionally trying to threaten your job and most likely insecure about her job. I would document relevant moments and conversations you have had with her in which she made these unprofessional statements. Worst case scenario you do not survive the 90 day period, but you can have an exit interview and voice your concerns to the HR dept or write a letter to the Director thanking him/her for the opportunity and then voice your concerns there….that way it is documented and she will probably get reprimanded and placed in her file….
Good luck to you…having a horrible boss is the worst….I know I had 2 in my lifetime….not good at all!