- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
Worst Friday Ever. Here’s my little story. I changed departments in my company 9 months ago, and chose this specific one because it had a lot of great people I worked with. It also happened to have the one awful person noone can stand, but I was assured by hiring manager (who’s also a personal friend) that I wouldn’t have to deal with her much. Our SVP was my ex-manager, an olderly gentleman who I worked for 4 years previously and had a great working relationship. I thought, “I’m going to be reporting to two people who think very highly of me, I’m getting more direct reports and more prestige, in a couple years when I have a kid this dept will give me the flexibility to work from home”. Everything seemed right.
Two weeks after I started, our SVP announced his impending retirement due to poor health and moved to a less busy dept where he will work less hours. That was the first blow, only two weeks in. We got a new SVP, someone who I don’t know at all. Over the months I made a good impression on him developed a great relationship with him too. Soon my hiring manager and friend announced her pregnancy. She said she was planning this for a while and brought me into this position to kind of take her role while she takes several months off. I would be spending a lot more time directly working with the SVP. OK, a little more stress but more responsibility and probably a bigger bonus, didn’t sound so bad.
Today my manager called me into her office and said she has something confidential to tell me. Our SVP has been moved to a newly formed position. Guess who’s next in line to take his spot? The one awful person who I was supposed to have no interaction with! Out of the 1000+ people I’ve worked with, the one who I cannot stand, the one who made me cry out of frustration once. The one who people call the Gorgon Medusa because she’s so awful inside out she can turn people to stone if she wanted. She is stupid, incapable, and a complete bitch to cover her incompetencies. While my manager is out for 3-6 months, I will have to work with this person daily. She also dislikes me, probably because I am actually smart and well liked. Leaves me out of all lunch invites and doesn’t even look me directly in the eye when she talks (which is probably good because I don’t want to be turned into stone).
To boot, I have been recently diagnosed with something called Interstitial Cystitis. I am peeing 20 times a day for the past months, constantly in pain, can’t sleep at night, can’t eat or drink anything I like, and my sex life has gone to the dogs. #1 irritant? Stress. I was feeling depressed and sorry for myself before today anyway because well, I miss eating, drinking, sleeping, having sex and not hurting all the time. I’m sure this new working arrangement will do wonders for my condition.
I obviously have to look for a transfer again but I basically wasted a year of my career. People who bounce around constantly are not looked at favorably. When I’m interviewing for a new position it’s going to look like I failed at this job and running away after a year. I’m also not even eligible for the transfer for another 3 months, and after that it probably won’t be approved until my manager returns from maternity leave 9 months from now as the dept can’t handle two absences at the top spots.
Sorry for the downer post right before the weekend. I can’t even drink alcohol to drown my sorrows in so I can’t do anything but vent here