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Old 10-12-2012, 02:33 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Boss that flies in, makes a lot of noise.....

...craps on everything.....then leaves.

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Old 10-13-2012, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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Had one of those at my last job. He's a big part of the reason I left. No seagulls where I am now!
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Glad I've only worked for small businesses... The worst is when a small business tries to behave like one of the big boys by hiring consultants... Yea, move the coffee pot closer to the workers

It's no wonder America can't compete anymore...
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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Move the coffeepot? That's some pretty low hanging fruit, there. Good thing someone got paid thousands to come up with that brilliant gem.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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Move the coffeepot? That's some pretty low hanging fruit, there. Good thing someone got paid thousands to come up with that brilliant gem.
And after the company continued to lose money, he continued to collect money. Now that's the businesses to be in... Where poor performance and results have no negative impact on your income. There are those that do, and there are those and "consult"...

And his other (literally) bright idea was to change the color schematics of our process bins to brighter colors... At some point, you have to start blaming the victim.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:50 PM
 
Location: North Fulton
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The seagull manager comment is funny and true, sad to say.

I tend to think of outside "consultants" as one of your co-worker's buddy-friend who gets an overpaid and useless short-term gig. Consultant suggestions are usually crap anyway. Most companies would get better feedback to improve the office from most of the people who work their day-to-day in my opinion.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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I would say these consultants are the ultimate seagulls. Really, how can we think they could come in knowing basically nothing about a particular business and expect that they could make it meaningfully more efficient? They can't, and with the internet now I tend to believe I could find out most of what they are going to tell me in a couple days of research. They come in, stir the pot up, and leave.

In the job I recently left, we worked in a particular niche industry. Things had to be done a certain way, often dictated by law or construction code. We were good at our various roles and making sure our collective butts were covered (including the company's). One manager, who had been there since Hector was a pup, would regularly come in, find some minor problem, and turn it into some kind of Herculean obstacle that would send us all into the deepest pits of eternal hellfire. Of course, then he would go back out on the road or work from home. He never offerred any solutions, he just got everyone all worked up.

One of the other managers contacted me recently, asking what it would take to talk me into coming back. Among the list was firing the seagull. Other things included dancing girls and a well stocked bar.
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