Irritations @ Work

03 Apr

Really had enough of the men at work lying when I ask a question they don’t know the answer to. It’s irritating and makes me want to slap them. Just say you don’t know, okay?

Today was just the latest example. I need to do a very specific thing that I’m pretty sure can be done but I’ve not done it and want to know the best way to accomplish my goal without causing anyone to blow a gasket when they have to make changes behind me.* I ask the self-proclaimed “CAD expert” in the office and he gave me an answer that was so full of bullshit I can still smell it.

Did he think I wouldn’t notice that his answer was crap? Does he think I’ve learned nothing in the last 25 years working in this industry? Does he think I’m a moron and will try to make it work “his” way? Fuck no. I’ll be on the Autodesk CAD boards online if anyone needs me and I won’t bother asking questions I suspect they can’t answer in future.

* Which brings me to my next complaint – stay the fuck out of my drawings! If you want changes, just ask instead of going in there, fucking things up and then apologizing later. It really pisses me off to have to re-do someone else’s work when I could have done it perfectly myself in a fraction of the time. AND when things are changed and I go back in some time later I don’t know what’s been done and since y’all can’t seem to agree on anything the layout is totally different and I have to waste my time asking even more questions and making myself look stoopid, and I hate that more than just about anything. Less than puking, but more than picking up dog shit. Gahhhh


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20 responses to “Irritations @ Work

  1. behindthemask

    April 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Sounds very frustrating!

    • Sofia Leo

      April 4, 2014 at 9:56 am


      • behindthemask

        April 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

        I hear ya!! Here’s to a stress free weekend!

      • Sofia Leo

        April 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

        Should be a ton of fun – lots of things planned and if the weather cooperates I’ll be outside a lot.

      • behindthemask

        April 4, 2014 at 10:12 am

        Sounds great!

  2. Carrie Reimer

    April 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    As much as I miss having a job I certainly don’t miss the crap that goes on in the office. Nothing pisses me off more than doing a great job on a project and then someone goes in and makes changes without asking if 1. I mind 2. I agree with the changes. It is your drawings, if they want changes, they can make their own drawings. I am pissed off for you!

    • Sofia Leo

      April 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

      The problem is that I work in an office full of engineers. I am a drafter. Their job is to crunch numbers and design things. Mine is to make their ideas look good on paper. They have not been trained to draw and they regularly go in and mess things up, making it harder for me to do my job. I’m working at 10% capacity here – there’s no reason for them to go in and meddle with MY stuff – I don’t do their calculations for them, right?

      I worked at an engineering office some years ago. One of the other drafters got mad at me because I wouldn’t sympathize with a couple of her batshit crazy ideas. She went in and changed a bunch of stuff and when The Boss had her print out the drawings I got called out for it. “This doesn’t even look like your work!” he said. Duh. I knew as soon as I saw it what had happened. I also knew it would go on until I left because she was just that vindictive. I quit.

      A couple of years later she was looking for work and sent a resume to my current Boss. He asked me about her and while I didn’t lie, I did ensure she will never work here πŸ™‚ Little bitch thought she was getting the best of me. Hah!

  3. El Guapo

    April 3, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Ouch! Sounds like a rough day.

    • Sofia Leo

      April 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Fairly rough. Irritating. I keep reminding myself that it could always be worse – I have it pretty good, mostly.

  4. NotAPunkRocker

    April 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I’m sorry it was such a rough day.

    • Sofia Leo

      April 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Thanks. It helps to vent πŸ™‚

  5. Awana

    April 4, 2014 at 12:44 am

    No; yes; yes; and I feel your pain.

    • Sofia Leo

      April 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

      You feel way more than MY pain πŸ™‚

  6. vicbriggs

    April 4, 2014 at 4:55 am

    It sounds like you’ve had a bad day of it. Sorry to hear that. As for the drawings… perhaps you could get them password protected so that they can be viewed but not changed without you. That way they will have to come to you if they need anything modified. Sounds like a solution?

    • Sofia Leo

      April 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Can’t password protect anything – that would freak people out. Everything is on a server that we all have access to. What I want is for them to give the changes to me and stay the fuck out of my drawings! The company is small and you can’t tell engineers they don’t know how to do something…

  7. Twindaddy

    April 4, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Sooooooo….bad day? I hate working with people who think they know it all. I have one in the office where I’m at. Only his way is the right way and if you try it a different way you’re a moron. We’ve gone round a couple of times…

    • Sofia Leo

      April 4, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Engineers are among the worst for thinking they know everything. This bunch is usually pretty good, but they had four years to run amok and it’s taking some effort to bring them back in line πŸ™‚

      Just for drill, I tried his way. Didn’t work, as I knew it wouldn’t, so I did it another way, which will freak them out if they go in to do some editing, but hopefully this particular job is all mine – sewer design for The Boss, water for The Other Boss and no one should need to get in there anyway. We’ll see…

  8. djmatticus

    April 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Can you password protect the drawings?
    It’s been a long time since I’ve worked in CAD so I’m not sure.
    But, yeah, the online forums are usually the best bet to get answers for questions. That’s where I go when I have VBA and SQL questions these days. There are people in the office that could help, but getting time with them and then understanding what they are saying are adventures I’d rather not take.

    • Sofia Leo

      April 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Can’t password protect anything without freaking people out. It’s a small office and they all want access. Just trying to keep my mouth shut, do my time and work on as much Fun Stuff as possible away from the office. I just wish they could say, “I don’t know,” instead of giving me a line of bullshit that, in the end, makes me think less of them than if they’d admitted not knowing in the first place. Engineers! Gaaahhhh!

      • djmatticus

        April 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

        Hahaha, well,, yeah, “engineers” kind of says it all. πŸ˜‰


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