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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 10:10 AM
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117. The way the system seems to work now...
is that managers get huge bonuses for coming up with insanely short production schedules for projects. They browbeat the computer people (my husband is a DBA) into working long hours and weekends to meet these ridiculous targets.

If the targets are met, the managers collect their big bonuses, while the IT workers get zip. Not even a thank you these days. My husband's company is known for being an unusually nasty place to work, and he's been looking.

At his job level, he's considered exempt and always has been. He works for a company that contracts with a federal government agency. Previously he worked many years at Fannie Mae and took early retirement instead of staying on and eventually getting laid off. Fannie had a pretty similar system of creating unrealistic targets and browbeating IT people into working long hours, but at least managers gave the workers $100 and an emailed thank you while collecting their $50,000 bonuses. It's probably changed there too.

The work culture in corporations seems to have become one where managers can do pretty much whatever they want to their staffs and get away with it. And nobody dares to complain for fear of losing their job and not being able to find another one. In addition, a lot of working IT people these days are here from overseas on H1-B visas and don't dare complain. Because these folks don't dare make waves, and because everyone knows how hard it is to get a decent paying job now, there is very little dissent against rotten management people.
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