I think I bit off more than I can chew.

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  1. LSB

    LSB Well-Known Member

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    I got a job as a manager for a company but I seriously am having a lot of second thoughts. I have to manage some Indians remotely, but every day I feel like I'm wating time when I am not working. Worse yet, I feel like vomiting just thinking about it. I have like 2 months left on the deadlines and the pay is pretty good, but I don't know if I can do it.

    Anyone here ever deal with that?
     
  2. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    Something just doesn't sound right about "managing some Indians remotely".
     
  3. Team Jetfire

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    How long have you been invollved on the project? How behind are you? What makes you think you can't do it?
     
  4. LSB

    LSB Well-Known Member

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    I was hired like 3 days ago. I'm not behind on anything, but I am looking at the sheer number of projects. It is for a travel site and just doing one of the projects correctly will require 100% of my energy for 3 months. Now I have to do 3 times that much.

    I can't depend on the Indians for the engineering because they produce sloppy code with all sorts of potential database injection vulnerabilities. I patched up a lot of that garbage today.

    The problem is building a document that will allow parallel programming for all 3 projects simultaneously with myself gaining some knowledge of the platform. Furthermore there is my friend at Fujitsu who fought for me to get a position, only for me to accept this job - she's pretty angry at me and I don't blame her.

    It is just very very stressful (losing-my-hair stressful)
     
  5. TheIncredibleHulk

    TheIncredibleHulk Find Gary Busey!

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    This just seems appropriate....:lol 
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  6. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    well at least its just 3 months.

    but 3 days is too short to judge your progress. give yourself 1-2 weeks to acclimate. then you can panic.

    also, hair? overrated.
     
  7. Omnius

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    That does suggest some sort of mind-control implant is involved...
     
  8. Team Jetfire

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    I agree with KA.
    It seems like a lot of work, but if you back out now, it will cost you.

    I don't know who said it, but this saying seems appropriate for you:

    How do you eat an elephant?
    One bite at a time.

    Now get off the internet and get to work :p 
     
  9. Blunticon

    Blunticon The Oddjob

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    Buck up and give it all you've got man!
     
  10. tusko

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    Focus on the task at hand and stay organized. Make sure you are in good communication of your expectations and the progress of your project.

    If your physiologic conditions worsen: prolonged sleeplessness, anxiety or changes in health, then maybe take a step back or ask for more help.

    However a new job is tough and there are a lot of simple things to learn that take time. Give it a good shake down, stay positive and remember, you are only one man(woman) and can only work within those limits.

    Good luck.
     
  11. Poho

    Poho That's MISTER Poho to you

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    yeah man definitely give it a couple weeks. just manage your time and remain calm, don't over do it...and if in two weeks you still feel the same way, either ask for some help from the company or quit. Or you could [insert racial joke regarding Indians here], that always works.
     
  12. Jeremy.B

    Jeremy.B Formerly Leader Blackout TFW2005 Supporter

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    Hey man, hang in there. Agree with Team Jetfire - eat an elephant one bite at a time. Are you confident in your abilities? If so, then rely on your instinct, what you know. You will be fine. Being a good manager is about dealing with those feelings of being overwhelmed. I have no doubt you will do well :thumb 
     
  13. jorod74

    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    You work at a Casino in Biloxi?

    sorry, just hoping a chuckle will distract you from using the mind control device so much.
     
  14. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    remote Indians.

    require ur management.

    sorry, I love lolcats
     
  15. RoboticPlanet

    RoboticPlanet Exclusively Exclusive

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    Maybe it's my college naivety talking, but as a manager, can't you impose things to make the process smoother? Peer code checks before they submit anything? Do you guys have testers? Can they run a series of standard scripts, or at least write their own, following some basic guidelines for testing? I wouldn't expect a manager to solely clean up messes of employees like this.

    3 months is short. Hang in there.
     
  16. GENOZAUR

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    hate to sound pessimistic man but it sounds like one of those job cases where the stress itself could literally do you in H.A. wise
     
  17. LSB

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    Guys I'm bumping this thread because this entire story has gotten quite weird. I ordinarily wouldn't talk about it (didn't bother posting it at the 'spark) but y'all really made me try harder and I appreciate it.

    I've settled into the job - and then I found out I had to save the company.

    Basically, the company was founded by Koreans, in Tokyo. However, the president is not navigating this culture change well and is chronically late to the job - he arrived like at 2 or 3 PM sometimes, without telling anyone that he would be coming late the next day. He bullies weaker guys, but he won't dare step to me or some of the other programmers (because of how we look/talk/etc..). The Japanese workers despise him because he constantly berates them, then apologizes. That might be how it is done in Korea, but not in Japan!


    The team there is actually quite decent. They've managed to put up a decent digg-like news site with a million users to boot, but they keep getting new jobs in totally new directions, and they can't fix the errors in the program. Furthermore, the prez basically ruined the Golden Week holidays of some of the Japanese staff with his 'tard temper (rule of thumb: you don't get the right to throw a temper tantrum until you have run a successful company - he hasn't).

    Now the thing is, I know the main investor (he is the one who got me the project manager job) and I let him know basically everything that the staff was telling me. I feel like shit and like a snitch, but the president doesn't listen to anyone and I know for a fact that half the company was planning on quitting in the next month.

    After hearing that I had given him a call and that he'd be coming to Tokyo, the people who were the angriest about it told me they were feeling hopeful for the first time and would were counting on me. Some of them told me they'd stick around for a month because I gave them my word. I'm worried that if things don't improve, I'll be the project manager of like 2 programmers and a gang of half-wit Indians.

    I know some people idolize Japan and all, but I'm telling you this is the most ridiculous work atmosphere I have ever been a part of.
     
  18. Lance Halberd

    Lance Halberd oh hai

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    Are there doe-eyed, freakishly huge-breasted females, sentient battle mechanoids from outer space, and self-lubricating demon tentacle rape monsters around every corner?
     
  19. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    sounds like a clusterfuck waiting to explode in your face.

    better mobilize a back up plan son. you don't wanna get stranded in foreign land banking on money youre supposed to cash in later that may or may not come.
     
  20. Star Sabre James

    Star Sabre James <b>The JUICE</b> TFW2005 Supporter

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    KA is totally right. I would recommend looking for other employment considering your situation. Things could get bad there really fast.
     

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