Are all-but-absentee supervisors common in public service jobs?
March 13, 2014 8:05 PM Subscribe
I find myself at yet another job where the supervisor literally does not come in to work. Is this just the norm in nonprofit/public sector jobs?
posted by ziggly to Work & Money (27 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
In spite of my best and not-so-best efforts I'm back in a role that I only intended to be in temporarily. The newly hired supervisor, intended to relieve the burdens on the none-too-competent director, simply...doesn't show up for hours or days at a time, is late to meetings, etc. I've basically been in and out of nonprofits and university settings throughout my career and I have encountered at least one manager/senior person like this in every role. I've also found that they tend to be the last fired; I once had a position where nearly the entire department was laid off, but the guy rumored to be working a second job while supposedly holding down the duties at our office is still happily working there full time.
I happen to be upset at the moment because the director just rode me hard on something I later found out the new guy was doing on pretty much a daily basis. I've been job searching fairly intensely but I would like to know if I should be avoiding nonprofits and universities to stop encountering this issue or if this would be de facto in corporate jobs too.