Post # 1
My coworker criticizes basically everything I do, all day. Normally I’d say something, except he’s way older and more experienced than I am, and often we work on projects together. He isn’t my boss, but he is my superior and I often assist him with stuff, which is fine.
However, he generally makes me do all his work. For example, I will forget to respond to a client, and he will get mad at me for it- but it isn’t like HE replied either! He rarely reads emails and instead asks me to sum everything up for him, and if I forget anything it’s my fault. He regularly leaves the office early (like, 3pm) for no exact reason, goes on random trips out of the office without explanation, and has never signed on a new client–I’m way less experienced and I’ve signed on several. Nobody at the company seems to like him, but for some reason he’s still here.
The worst part of all this is that he regularly reminds me how inexperienced I am, and seems to insult me for basically everything I do in the form of “advice”. For example, recently I sent an email to a client and he reprimanded me for sending it “too soon” because apparently he wanted to send an email, and it would be “too confusing” for the client to process two different emails. Um, our client is not that much of an idiot.
What do you guys think? Am I just being too sensitive?
Post # 3
I dont know how to help,but I want to bump this for you so someone can. Hope it all works out.
Post # 5
That sucks. I’m not sure what you can do since he is your superior. Just be happy it’s Friday, I guess!
Post # 6
I’m sorry this guy is so frustrating for you. For the most part, it seems like you need to just suck it up.
It seems like a big problem is contacting clients, to me, there should be an agreement about that- who contacts which clients, when and about what issues. Clients shouldn’t be missing things because you two can’t work together, and if I was a client I wouldn’t be impressed if I got two emails from the same company and got the impression that the people didn’t communicate with eachother. Of course, I don’t know what business you are in or what is routine, but this seems to be a fairly simple issue to address and decrease your frustration.
Post # 7
If I was in your shoes, I’d bring this up with my boss (not the leaving early stuff, but the distribution of workload) and ask how to handle it. It sounds like there isn’t a set business process in place for a lot of what you do, which means you have nothing to fall back on when he’s being a lazy ass. I wouldn’t present it to your boss as a complaint, just position it so it comes off like you need your boss’ advice on how to properly assign/delegate work so nothing is missed and the clients have a positive experience.
Good luck.. your coworker sounds like a real doucher.