Should I stay or should I go - now
March 14, 2013 5:09 AM Subscribe
Help me with this please.
I have a very comfortable job in a large company as the senior software developer leading a small team of developers. I have almost 20 years’ experience as a developer, architect, analyst company director, and have a pretty good commercial brain too. I don’t *necessarily* want to be a software developer – my passion is problem solving and architecture. I accepted this job four years ago so I could finish college, and I have one unit left, 10 weeks and I have a master’s degree. I love the environment, my colleagues, and though the work isn’t challenging in any way, but it’s an industry I'm passionate about.
tldr; Should I quit? I want to quit. How can I channel my anger over this poorly implemented organizational change?
posted by the noob to Work & Money (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The business has often called on me to act as a consultant, evaluate software purchases, elicit requirements and advise what’s available to them to solve problems. I’ve saved them from making some disastrous software purchases, and innovated and built systems that have saved them millions of dollars, suggested advertising copy that now adorns the city.
We have a new CEO, he used to be the COO and I have a really good relationship with him. Part of the restructure has been the introduction of Requisite Organization theory into the organization – I’m pretty skeptical about management theory, but a lot of this is just common sense and is harmless enough.
A facet of the change has been to stratify the organization into levels of job complexity. Level 5 is defining strategy – the CEO; Level 4, directing strategy, the various directors, Level 3 is managing strategy, Level 2 is implementing under direction and working within defined processes, and Level 1 is “following predetermined procedures”.
My boss called me into his office and told me I’m Level 2, “receiving direction and directing the team”. I can no longer be called upon to consult, and am no longer able to attend strategy meetings and architecture reviews. Only Level 3 and above can direct strategy. I told my boss (who is a vast gutless twit btw) that this was patently stupid, he agreed (he always agrees) and told me that I’m a “high level two” – to which I asked what the definition for a high level two is – to which he proceeded to tell me how valuable I am yada yada. I also asked him what the “defined processes” were, and he told me they were “yet to be defined”.
So now – Level 3s are getting taken out to lunches, are given nice “thank you” trinkets and all of a sudden are being treated very differently (they were merely part of the team). I can’t put into words how fucking angry I am about this – as the change was implemented my boss fucked off overseas on 4 weeks holiday so no one in our department was really aware of what was happening until it happened. The stratification has been applied throughout the org with no regard for skills or experience. My reports – the developers have been relegated to Level 1 – which is utterly fucking ludicrous as they are a really dedicated and talented team – who are now wanting to quit as they also are not allowed to attend meetings with stakeholders, and must receive all instruction from me, who in turn must receive instructions from the level 3 - project managers who have very little and no ICT experience - one says “Pacific” when he means “specific” and that climate change is due to the sun getting bigger.
I love this job, I love the company, but I’m so angry – I don’t know who to talk to about this. A structure like this just makes no sense in ICT (most of the company is factory floor). My boss should know that – but he’s too gutless to say anything. Would you leave? I feel really insulted, neglected. Should I talk to the CEO, or will I just be the dreaded “change resistor”.