Software job: Am I going to get fired? How to make it go best-ish-ly?
December 25, 2013 1:42 PM Subscribe
Do verbal warnings predict firing? What should I expect if I do get fired, and how do I make the best of it?
posted by zeek321 to Work & Money (29 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've got a software job. Let's say I'm less than six months in. Manager was charming during hiring. After hiring, upper management told me that my manager was "intense," and I was told some anecdotes by team members without my asking. Manager almost always communicates harshly, tone dripping with sarcasm, skepticism, disbelief, condescension, suspicion, etc. Almost every interaction starting maybe within the first couple of weeks. Manager is impossible to talk to about anything.
Anyway, my working style is... different? I'm always the first one in, I work steadily, take an hour for lunch, I leave at five, and I don't answer email after five or on the weekends. Seems sane to me. But, I'm missing deadlines or I'm rushing and getting stuff done with low quality. The work does get acceptably done, but sometimes it's a couple weeks "late." (Many, many balls in the air at the same time.) My personal, uncommunicated estimates are pretty accurate, but I don't see any way to communicate them to Manager as they would sound ridiculously long, given the seeming expectations.
I have been verbally informed in what may or may not have been a one-on-one review meeting (during our normal weekly meeting time) that I need to work faster ("You can't keep..."), I need to take act more empowered, and need to carry things through, take initiative, etc. All this was in the usual dialed-up-to-eleven in-your-face harshness.
I think they want one or two more people added to the team in addition to me. They've been doing several phone interviews per week for months, and only one person has made it to on-site. I have some mildly specialized skills.
So, is there any way to predict if firing is imminent? There are so many unknown factors including management climate, etc. But are there any telltale signs? Do I read into this meeting? Three strikes? I'm not planning on changing my time-boxing, but I am going to try to visibly do what's asked within my time-boxing, as much as possible, anyway, which won't be too much. (I do stay late when deadlines are visible outside my team, by the way.)
If I do get fired, sooner or later, what can I expect? What are some things I should know as it's happening? What will I be asked to sign, etc., and should I?