I never thought I'd leave a company after a short amount of time. But then I got hired by Company X, working for a "difficult" person. I'm proud to say I lasted a full three months.
Due to the recession, I was laid off from a company after working there 12 years. Panicked about supporting my family, I hit the job search hard. One day an opportunity arose that was right up my alley: helping set up a new section for information security at a midsize organization. It sounded challenging and, quite frankly, fun.
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I was called for an interview and met with "Zack," who would be my boss. He asked all the standard questions, but something seemed off about the situation. I couldn't figure out what bothered me, except I'd been through enough interviews that I expected to be questioned by more people in the organization; I wasn't. When I was offered the job, I told myself I was reading too much into it and accepted.
A few days on the job went by. I learned that Zack was also a new hire. He may have been my direct boss, but the one calling the shots and whom I ultimately reported to was the director, "Jill." One of the first tasks Zack gave me was a request from Jill to give feedback about one of the security processes in place. I wrote a three-page report, ran it by Zack, then sent it.
Jill replied that she would not even read the report until I produced it on the "Word template for improving processes." I asked around for a copy and was told that there was no such thing. I asked her in person and was advised that I should get the template from one of my colleagues and to not bother her again until I had it. I asked around again, and one coworker told me that the template did not exist and that he'd had a similar experience. My report was ignored.
I was quickly learning that Jill lacked personnel skills, and she did not understand information security concepts even at a basic level. And yet she was in charge of creating an information security section.