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Subject:Re: sanity check--please!! From:Linda McRae <lmcrae -at- NETOPIA -dot- ON -dot- CA> Date:Fri, 15 Mar 1996 23:00:23 -0600
John Hedtke <jhedtke -at- OZ -dot- NET> wrote:
>Having worked in a whole lotta companies both as a freelancer and a
>captive, it's my opinion that you ought to look for a better job.
>This modus operandi is far too typical, but it's not the rule (even if
>reading "Dilbert" will make one think otherwise sometimes). You're
>not getting valued for anything you're doing, they tend to be
>firefighters, and they're already showing their true colors by blaming
>you for their own ineptitude. It's likely going to get worse when
>they have to actually deliver whatever solution they're going to try
>to come up with.
>You probably won't be able to educate them out of this, because the
>whole company is built on this basis (firefighting/fear/fuddling).
>Just figure that managers like this are the reason that God gave us
>middle fingers, and move on down the road.
>Anyone else share this opinion?
I totally agree!
I have worked the past 1.5 years as a contractor for a large corporation who
does realize the value of, and does takes the work of technical writers
seriously. I've also worked for other companies
* whose employees were unwilling to help (that's not my job syndrome), or
* whose method of operation was to promise the customer anything at all
without consulting the writer who actually has to do the work; when the
expectations are not met, the writer is penalized (usually financially for
Believe you me ... that kind of stress is just not worth it. Move on girl!