I am so angry I could just spit. And I need some advice. If anyone has any good conflict resolution in the workplace experience, please, chime in. We're at a loss what to do.
I will try to be as clear about this as possible.
My hubby Aaron works in Information Systems as a System Analyst - most specifically as a Project Manager, at a Fortune 500 company with excellent benefits, including a very nice pension. He has been with this company for 5 years.
His current role as the Project Manager is one that has been stressful to him for the last 2 years. Basically, he works within IS and helps to plan, direct, and implement IS related projects. Lately he has been feeling extremely
burnt out out in that role, and finally thought it might be time to look for other opportunities - within the company. One of his friends works in a section of IS that had an opening that is more technically based, and certainly not
project management. Aaron applied and was offered the position. We thought about it over the weekend, because there are some drawbacks to accepting the position. A few of the key things are:
1. It requires on-call support; carries a pager and cell phone
2. Is a "step-down" so to speak because at this company, your chances of being promoted increase when you stay in one place for a long time. So he wouldn't be up for a promotion review for another 2 years, whereas if he stayed in his current role it would be more like 6-9 months.
One of the good
things about it were that he would be working with Tom, one of his buddies. So, he accepted the position.
What has happened now since then (and he isn't slated to transition until May 1) is that his current manager (a personal friend of ours) and his new, would-be manager, came to an agreement that this new web project, which requires a Project Manager from my husband's old team, would be given to him to do. Basically, Aaron would be working as a Project Manager (which he hated and left the team
) in his new role in the new department. Aaron doesn't want
to be a Project Manager anymore!
The worst thing is Aaron found out about this at the bar over a Scotch. There were rumors that this might be happening and it wasn't confirmed until Aaron called a meeting with both managers. Both of them passed the buck and stated that the other manager should have informed Aaron. When Aaron asked why one of the other Project Managers in his old team couldn't take the project, his manager responded that she is short-staffed. I mean, that's like one of us applying for a job in ICU, and accepting the position, only to be told you're really still going to be staffing in the ER, which is where you wanted to get out of! This is a total misrepresentation of the job and I am so angry! And there's nothing Aaron can do to get out of it. If he stays in his current job, he has to do the project. If he goes to the new job May 1, he has to do the project. I told him that he should just stay in his current role and do the damn project (since he has to anyway) and use it to gain a promotion by staying in one place. There's a group party tomorrow night with his manager and project manager team and I don't even feel like going. We usually love
going out with them (in fact, we go out routinely and spend weekend trips out with his manager, etc) but I feel like this seriously put a dent in our friendship. This whole thing on top of being misrepresented, was handled very unprofessionally. Aaron was never consulted, informed, and he didn't find out until it was announced at a Director's Meeting, committing Aaron to the project!
I am soo upset. What would you do?
Apr 10, '03
Originally posted by passing thru
Why would being up for a promotion in 6-9 months or in 2 years have any influence? Doesn't a promotion mean more responsibility, more stress, increased burn-out?
Not at this company, no.
A promotion there simply means you are titled something else, and then given a huge pay increase as a result. For example: he is currently titled as an Senior Systems Analyst. A promotion from that would be a Systems Coordinator. Sort of like a clinical ladder for nursing. You usually do
the same thing, but you are a level 4 RN, or whatever.
In Aaron's current team, he is the only Senior Analyst. The others are either Coordinators or outside contractors.
Last edit by Susy K on Apr 10, '03