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I've worked for both engineers and marketing managers, been The
Documentation Department and one of n (where n was a small number)
writers, and I've found that what makes the most difference in how I feel
about going to work is, as has been said several times eloquently,
whether or not the company and the manager value what I do. This is so
critical I will not consider working for a company or person who views
tech com as a necessary evil. I will accept enlightened indifference: "I
don't want to know what you do or how you do it, just give me docs that
will blow away the competition." My heartfelt sympathies to those of you
stuck with unenlightened work situations. Been there, and it's Not Good.
If it really is a brick wall, sharpen up your resume and save your sanity.
mikim -at- mcdata -dot- com
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