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(The New Yorker)   Are bosses dictators? Submitter's not sure about the 'tator' part   ( newyorker.com) divider line
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2017-09-13 02:51:31 PM  
Po-ta-tor
 
2017-09-13 02:55:24 PM  
I've had a couple that were genuine founding members of the Amalgamated Assholes of America

/Those jobs typically didn't last long
 
2017-09-13 02:59:33 PM  
I spend all day in the dark and I have eyes in the back of my head. Also, so starchy.
 
2017-09-13 03:01:38 PM  
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2017-09-13 03:21:11 PM  
My boss is genuinely a nice guy.  Pretty well all of the people here are.  Which is probably why I've been here for 12 years.  I've had my share of "bosses" though.  The only good thing about them is that you didn't have to deal with them as frequently because they spent more time on the golf course than in the office.
 
2017-09-13 03:23:03 PM  
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2017-09-13 03:33:50 PM  
I'm self employed, and my boss is STILL an asshole.

/and a dictator
 
2017-09-13 04:08:44 PM  
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Dick goes where?!
 
2017-09-13 04:46:39 PM  
I'm usually busting my ass along with my team.  If I have crap work that needs doing I'll try and balance it out.  They get thanked for everything they do.  Praise in public, criticize in private.

And if I have a desk, it's got a bowl of snacks.  Come on in, take a load off, and chat.

/no desk these days
 
2017-09-13 05:08:01 PM  
Self employed, the boss is a dick, until we go shopping for supplies at the package store.
/Benevolent dictator
 
2017-09-13 05:13:23 PM  
I've seen far too many people get a whiff of power and authority and go completely off the deep end, turning into 100% ego and asshole.  They're always right, even when they're wrong and HOW DARE YOU speak back to them!

The really unfortunate part of that for society is that all too many companies don't put the brakes on this sort of bad behavior, but instead enable it, protect it and promote it, becoming toxic work environments in the name of management cohesion and authority.
 
2017-09-13 05:15:22 PM  
The old man I worked for for many years rocked a genuine Hitler 'stache.
 
2017-09-13 05:37:28 PM  

chuckdelux: The old man I worked for for many years rocked a genuine Hitler 'stache.


Wow. Now that is an interesting decision. It'd be like wearing a kilt, you'd spend too much time every day talking about it with strangers.
 
2017-09-13 06:38:15 PM  
Mine's a dictatoe.
 
2017-09-13 07:03:56 PM  
I ignore my bosses, they don't ignore me.

Be an hitter  engineer, babe.
 
2017-09-13 07:54:54 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: chuckdelux: The old man I worked for for many years rocked a genuine Hitler 'stache.

Wow. Now that is an interesting decision. It'd be like wearing a kilt, you'd spend too much time every day talking about it with strangers.


He was a well-known (and legendary) curmudgeon in our industry, so no one dared bring it up.
 
2017-09-13 08:09:48 PM  

MurphyMurphy: I ignore my bosses, they don't ignore me.

Be an hitter  engineer, babe.


I do that now that I have the PE. When the boss is the PE that has to sign off, he can't be ignored. That said, I spent 15 years of my career thinking I'm constantly doIng something wrong and my skill set isn't up to par. He had to find a flaw. Any flaw in what did, and lecture at lenght at times about it.

I now hold the license. I have since learned that my skills are above his. Quite a bit, actually. It is his way of 'being in top'. I will not treat the engineers unde me in such a manner. It can be.. debilitating for someone who already has depression and anxiety issues.

He is retiring at the end of the year. I will celebrate. Not for him. For me.
 
2017-09-14 12:19:49 PM  

Petey4335: I have since learned that my skills are above his. Quite a bit, actually.


I trust you've subtly...or not so subtly...let him know that.  Assholes deserve consequences.

/he'll probably take credit for your career development
//because that's how assholes roll
 
2017-09-14 12:40:57 PM  

PunGent: Petey4335: I have since learned that my skills are above his. Quite a bit, actually.

I trust you've subtly...or not so subtly...let him know that.  Assholes deserve consequences.

/he'll probably take credit for your career development
//because that's how assholes roll


I am decent at being a subtle passive aggressive.  As a consultant, I have gotten into the habit of being 'diplomatic'.  I can't come out directly and say 'your messed up design took me a @Q#$@#$ day to fix' or 'your design is bad, what you want doesn't work in the real world, and you should really feel bad about that.'

or
'if you want a better system, then you could do x'  instead of 'You should have done it this way to begin with, or not double checking your own work is completely unacceptable.  It just wasted time for at least 3 different companies'

or
' this violates the NEC.  If you want to follow the NEC, you could change it to x or y' instead of 'this has been as standard for the past decade.  How was this code not followed?'
 
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