|Since moving to the US I have had several IT jobs at differing levels but up until my current position I have found a certain consistency in "corporate attitude".
-- When I have the interview they have been excited about my ability to "fix" problems at previous positions and my passion for "doing it right".
-- When I start the job they are excited about my ability to "fix" the code, the development procedures or, a couple of times, the staff.
-- After a while I usually push to implement better procedures for IT, such as backups, source control and testing (all three sadly lacking in surprisingly many cases). I get lauded for this and full cooperation and upper management support until the rethink usually based on shoestring budgeting.
-- I usually get requests for new modules, features, systems, whatever; but with amazingly short deadlines. I put in extra long hours and miraculously produce these (with almost no errors). I get lauded and free pizza lunches or cast trophies, clocks, etc. for my desk for this.
-- I get requests to review and refactor all previous code - but not to spend too much time on it. I do some of this and get initially lauded for it.
-- I then get requests to document "everything" that ever existed - but not to spend any time on it! I do some of this and get nothing for it.
However, after a few of these successful projects they start to expect at least three miracles before breakfast each day. If I ever "slack off" back to "normal" 40+10 hours a week working with sensible timescales or object to endless impossible deadlines with the company, department, team is now in good shape (has been saved from certain doom) then I get poor reviews all of a sudden or pay raises & bonuses are suddenly reduced or cancelled due to "budgetary constraints" or because the company is "having a bad year" - even though my extra work and intervention has on two occasions saved the company from bankruptcy and pushed it back into profitability.
I was getting fed up of having to say "my work here is done" and finding another company in trouble to go and save.
At my last job working in Europe I worked for an international giant start-up company based near Munich, Germany where the concrete was still wet when I started. Top, highly experienced and talented People from all over the world came together and created an amazingly capable high performance system almost from nothing over the course of a few years bringing it to production status nearly two years ahead of schedule (we were all doing three miracles before breakfast regularly back then). Then the accountants took over running the company and didn't want all the high power (and high paid) people any more so they made life unpleasant with poor reviews, reduced benefits (carefully done by making everything more restricted rather than any quantifiable reduction, such as extra paperwork to request everything, delays, permissions required, etc., "Yes, of course you can still use the office telephones for personal calls, just enter this personalized, ten-digit code number before you dial the actual number", that sort of thing). This drove the good people to resign and get other jobs - the cheaper people stayed, money saved, system now mostly in static, maintenance mode".
Anyway, I digress. Back to the point:
Does anyone else have this experience of the gratitude and respect wearing off over time and eventually being treating like a drone no matter how talented you are or what good work you have done to date?
Note: My current position is an amazing exception as I have constant challenges but are given good tools and enough time and help to complete all my projects successfully. My opinions and ideas are listened to and occasionally, (actually quite often) acted upon. The pay isn't as quite good as the other companies (but is enough) and there aren't any automatic pay raises or bonuses - but I was told that at the interview. The team I work with are all exceptional. Team pizza lunches are fairly common. I expect to stay here a long time.
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