Long story short - I was brought on to provide oversight on a PMO vendor who my client suspects is not performing. And the vendor is AWFUL. The lead project manager assigned to this project (which has a budget of more than $200M and a highly complex technical system) doesn't have even a basic understanding of how data works and doesn't seem to think that the deliverable is actually working code. The project is supposed to be managed using Agile and this PM keeps sliding back into using outdated waterfall processes because they don't actually understand how Agile works. The documentation outlining the strategy to manage the project is mostly repurposed garbage cut/pasted from the internet by the PM's secretary that contains absolutely no valuable information. We don't even have the vendor selected to build the system yet and the red flags are starting to really scare me.
Originally I was told that my job is to point out the issues. And I have gone back and asked how far I should go with this on multiple occasions. The answer is always, "You do what you need to do." But the big issue is that until the vendor replaces this guy with someone with at least a teeny understanding of software development, we're running full force towards a pretty ugly cliff. I've mentioned this and they'll agree with me, but when push comes to shove, they back the vendor in order not to make waves.
I know I have no control over this because I'm not the decision maker - I was just brought in as a quality check. But it's bothering me to the point where it's affecting my ability to be pragmatic and keep an impartial viewpoint. I feel like my frustration level is starting to boil over. It doesn't help that I have developed a visceral dislike of the vendor's project manager because they are deceitful, condescending and arrogant.
My husband says I should swallow my pride and just lay low and keep getting the nice fat paycheck while the project goes up in flames (like apparently everyone else is doing there). But I honestly don't know if I'm actually capable of keeping my mouth shut and letting this thing tank. Do I stay or do I run for the hills? Help!
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Word to the Wise- if you are freelancing or a contractor, get a RETAINER= money UPFRONT.
I was just BURNED out of a full month of full-time work, by an unscrupulous CEO who paid his own travel costs ahead of contractors, and the company is now out of cash and going into receivership- bankruptcy. A full MONTHS' pay for me, that I WORKED, will NOT be paid.
As a contractor, there is no EDD, no Labor Board and no attorney to help. I am a 'general creditor' along with every other vendor in their accounts payable, and will be lucky to get 10 cents on the dollar in 6 months.
Get a RETAINER, people! It's a month's pay for your contractor work, BEFORE you begin, and is held by you until the final month of work is done. You still send bills to the company and client each month, or every 2 weeks, but that retainer money is in YOUR bank account in case the client company pulls a fast one on you.
Don't let what happened to me, happen to you!
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I relocated for the role and achieved my goals.
Due to new management I’m out of a job and struggling to find a new position while still paying for the relocation. Losing confidence in my ability as I achieved my objectives and out of a job due to new management.
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Can my employer make me pay for fees related to the licenses required to do the job?
Let me explain: I used to have a job in insurance, which required licensing in multiple states, which the company helped obtain. When I left the job, I let everything lapse, and now one of the states wants me to pay a fine of $500 if I want to reinstate it, in addition to retaking the test anyway. The new company not only isn't paying me for the time spent studying for the test (whereas the previous one did), but they also want me to cover the $500 fine all on my own. Is that okay for them to do? The insurance license is person-specific, not company-specific, but clearly is necessary to work for them, so I can see it both ways. Curious to hear everyone's perspective.
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I am being targeted for taking FMLA time.
I am being lied about and given a written warning at work that is untrue. My daughter was diagnosed with a serous medical illness and then I was diagnosed with breast cancer the next year. Therefore, I had to take two FMLA leaves in the past two years. I am still working but fear I will be unfairly terminated. I just started to see a lawyer. Has anyone ever been terminated for FMLA retaliation ? Any advice? Thank you!
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How many of you network in your down time?
I'm on LinkedIn everyday, including Saturday and Sunday.
Friday afternoon as I was being driven out of town for the weekend, I was on LinkedIn looking for jobs and sent a connection request to a lady that's hiring for a position that I'm interested in and qualified for.
She accepted it within minutes.
Thinking outside the box for the win.
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currently I'm working as a Associate software engineer in Capgemini, I do have experience in WiFi Automation. Using Robot framework. Looking for a change.