Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

Perhaps a pointless rant about mismanagement.

On the up side, I should be in a new, better job soon. My o qdllc10/06/17
Nothing good will come to you if you vent in an exit intervi 2ski10/06/17
qdllc (Oct 6, 2017 - 12:22 pm)

On the up side, I should be in a new, better job soon. My old boss (now a judge) wants me back.

On the down side, I think things in my current office are going downhill fast.

The managing attorney is a nice guy, but somewhat self-centered and not very good at the "managing" part, and he can say some of the most WTF statements...and this is coming from someone who is renowned for putting his foot in his mouth and being socially-inept.

When the paralegal went out for major surgery, the next day he texted her asking if she might get any work done.

Now, she needs to have eye surgery, and needing a magnifier for her monitor, he treated the matter as an "inconvenience," although I'm sure she's not looking forward to getting surgery. Her hours have dropped because of this problem as she can't work once her vision goes wonky after hours at her desk.

This branch of the firm has seen a serious uptick in cases. That's good. We have minimal staffing. That's bad. Only one secretary. Only one real "paralegal." The new one is not trained, certified, experienced, etc. She was the old secretary, rehired into a paralegal position. She has yet to "master" the new position and certainly doesn't come close to the output of work product of either me or the paralegal. It appears she was hired back as she was a "known quantity."

The "boss" already is getting a wake up call in trying to find my replacement. The pickings are abysmal, and even the better ones likely won't match what I've been doing for the last 2-3 years. The paralegal (the real one) is so put out with the nonsense that she's seriously thinking about getting a job elsewhere. He can't afford to lose two productive people for two unknowns. The firm MIGHT approve a second secretary with the addition of another full-time attorney IF the paralegal gets her hours up, but we're already at a place where the paralegal does some of my job (which she can bill for) because I'm already putting in overtime to do what's on my plate.

Clearly, the new job is a no-brainer to move to, but had it not opened up, I'd seriously be considering finding another job because of how poorly things are being run.

I know, "Not my circus, not my monkeys," but I wish the "boss" would realize we are a small operation and have a workload that mandates more staff. There's enough work for two full-time secretaries. The paralegals doing secretarial work means less time doing paralegal work. The lawyers are already handling a caseload where they have the attitude "I'm doing doing anything I can't bill for."

I don't know if I'll get an exit interview or not. If so, I don't know if I should say anything. All things considered, the pay is good for the area and the benefits are not bad. The staff, for the most part, get along and we like each other, BUT it's like the lunatics are running the asylum.

I know standing up to home office could boomerang in a bad way, but being managing attorney means you actually MANAGE...not DELEGATE. Wanting to avoid confrontation results in nothing getting done until it's past being bad.

Thanks for letting me vent.

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2ski (Oct 6, 2017 - 3:31 pm)

Nothing good will come to you if you vent in an exit interview. Don't burn bridges in my book. Tell them you left for a better opportunity and $$.

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