What happened to my job?
A couple of months ago my manager offered me a job as an application dba and I accepted. (I'm currently a programmer who is getting tired of writing web apps.) This would take place when funding for the position was approved. The manager and I were the only ones present during this discussion and she made no announcement about my upcoming change of status. However when I got back from two week's vacation yesterday I found that she had hired a new person as the application dba. Incidentally this new person started work on my first day of vacation. My manager has so far said nothing concerning this change and I have just been trying to stay calm and not walk off the job. I don't see how I can say anything about this and come out a winner. It will all come down to he said - she said and the manager's say will naturally prevail.
Regardless of whether it's he said/she said, you need to confront your manager. When you do this, I'd be prepared to leave (easier said than done.) You really should not leave without having something else lined up, which you probably won't be able to swing while this is all still relevant. I'd say if you have a decent severance and/or are willing to sacrifice a bit of your 401k, you should confront them, and if things aren't resolved to your satisfaction, take off.
No, don't confront anyone. Just ask her why she hired someone else when you thought you were lined up for the job. Maybe she's thinking of something even better for you?
+++No, don't confront anyone. Just ask her why she hired someone else when you thought you were lined up for the job. Maybe she's thinking of something even better for you?+++
Next time get it in writing.
Of course you have to ask her why she offered you the job and then hired someone else without letting you know. She has been dishonest, at best.
Definately don't "confront" her, meaning going to her all pissed off, but you do need to sit down with her and ask what happened and why things changed. It would be a good idea to be prepared to leave at that meeting, as worst case it could come to that. If she simply renigged on her offer/word, then out of respect for yourself and to soas not to loose all future respect within the organization you will need to immediately give her your notice.
If you work for a company with an HR department, run, don't walk, to your HR rep and ask what the heck is going on ... if not, you should probably do as suggested elsewhere, and just ask. I would not, under any circumstances, delay too long or leave it alone. Additionally, I would NOT take the approach of "satisfaction or I walk" ... that just screws you. If you the issue remains unresolved, start looking for a job, but DO NOT WALK OUT. You only cut your own throat.
Dey took yer jerb!!
Okay, you seem like a really nice kid, so Im going to give you some advice, but I am only going to say this once, so read carefully:
Perhaps she's been overruled, is embarrassed, and hopes to gloss over the incredible disservice done. That reeks, but check the new hire's quals - better fit for DBA than yours? HR or higher management involved?
The biggest problem imo is not that you didn't get the position, but that your manager hired someone else and didn't even bother to discuss with you why he/she did so upon your return from vacation.
One Programmer's Opinion
>Q: What is the difference between a DBA and Attila the Hun?
I don't know about the inner workings of your company, but unless your manager has a lot of power, I would guess that the decision to hire the other person was made higher up the food chain and she just has to live with it.
Jack B. Nimble
sounds like your timing to take a vacation was impeccably aweful.
If there were any way to put a positive spin on this move (e.g. saving a better job for you, overruled by "them", i can't help it sorry, I can get you a bigger payrise this way) then any manager with half a brain would have called you in as soon as you got back and told you the story their way instead of leaving you to stew.
Make friends with the new DBA. Ask the new DBA how they got hired, who interviewed them, etc.
While the "complain to HR" route seems like the proper procedure, I've rarely seen an HR rep that isn't a devoted follower of the corporation and all the managers therein. Their job is to look out for the company's interests, not those of the worker. Simply put, you got screwed over on this one and there is no better thing lined up for you as someone suggested. Update the resume now and watch your upcoming performance reviews since she might start laying down a paper trail of things that "need improvement" so that she has ammunition when the chopping block is rolled out from her closet.
Let me guess. The new DBA is the CEO's nephew.
A recruiter probably sweet talked the manager about the "fantastic" candidate they had ready for just such a role.
Isn't that the script for "The invasion of the body snatchers"?
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