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Old 04-15-05, 04:24 PM   #1
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A boss rant

I am so totally going to shoot my boss, it is a good thing he left for vacation this morning. He has got to learn that when he hires people to do a job let them do it! In the last month I set up a deal to buy 50 pallets of boxes for pennies on the dollar of the price we pay our supplier. He dragged his feet for so long that they were sold out from underneath us. This would of saved my department thousands of dollars. I have been working to buy up surplus boxes because the suppliers have raises their prices twice in the last year and are ready to raise them again in May.

I negated a sweet deal for LTL truck shipping that would save our customers hundreds of dollars in cost over the year. All I need him to do is commit to it and he hasn't done it, its been 2 weeks and we just lost an order to a competitor because they bet us out on shipping costs. Another deal with fedex ground was stalled for almost a year that has halted shipping of an entire line of product. Dangerous goods that UPS won't handle and Fedex will. All just because he is balking at the paperwork that has to be done (which is already in place with UPS we just need to alter a couple of things it its a done deal.

He hired me specifically because of my shipping skills, I am an awesome negotiator I just wish he would stop tying my hands and let me commit to these on his say so. As a manager he should just let me do my damn job, I don't make many error in judgment and very few mistakes (which I usually learn from) . This is hurting out business and we are in a very competitive market right now and we need to stay on top of it. The time is right to capitalize on the shipping market. Times are tight for them and they are all hungry for or work.

Micro managers just drive me frigging crazy!

Thanks I just needed to get that of my chest I better get back to work
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Old 04-15-05, 05:10 PM   #2
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Nateguy, I just opened a bottle of a 2001 Pinot, let drink that puppy and talk about riding in the Cascades.

Shipping bargains are going to get scarce with fuel cost going through the roof, you might want to put together a spreadsheet and some notes just in case you are asked for an opinion, or for a future job interview. Have a good weekend!
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Sounds to me like he's afraid to let you look too good. Maybe he is afraid you'll take his job.

I left the work world ten years ago when things were really getting bad; I can only imagine how brutal it must be by now.

Hang in there ngateguy
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Just make a list, and accumulate the savings he didn't give the company.

If he ever makes a stink to the higher levels about something stupid and tries to burn you over it, use that chart to prove you were being pecker-blocked.


I learned to be kind to those in the business world who are kind, but vicious to those who are not, back from my dot-com days...where new VPs would let go of their entire Dept to bring their personal friends in...pretty much after being through enough of those, I pretty much think very low of management until they prove themselves otherwise. For the most part they blindly do what they are told, regardless of whether it's right or wrong. There is the occaisional exception, but for the most part it holds true.



edit (again): go get a nice dram of scotch and unwind...it's FRIDAY
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Well I took the train home, an awesome ride up the coast of the puget sound even though it was raining it is very therapeutic. Then I stopped and had a couple of IPA's with good friends. That does wonders for your morale. Tomorrow I will ride from here up to Gold Bar at the foot of the cascades then ride back. No Pinot, but a kick bottle of Syrah which I will open and sip as I soak in the hot tub. Then life will be good!
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I'm on to the riesling now, raining here too, cheers!
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