Manager got the credit of work, should I raise issue?

New / Eng uhYr23
Oct 30, 2018 30 Comments

In an all hands presentation, there was a table on a bunch of technical tasks with people on charge of then as Leads.

I was in charge of leading a task for a sprint, BUT my name wasn't there and my manager's name was. He barely touched anything and just organized/scheduled meetings. In every other team, the name of ICs who actually did the task was on the slide.

It was really demoralizing for me. What to do now?

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  • Microsoft ihfrdghj
    raise it
    Oct 30, 2018 2
    • New / Eng uhYr23
      OP
      To whom? Manager or skip?
      Oct 30, 2018
    • Microsoft ihfrdghj
      talk to your manager first, but don't come off as confrontational. maybe it was a mistake
      Oct 30, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng
    tcyoe|gtfo

    Facebook Eng

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    tcyoe|gtfomore
    raise to your manager in a 1:1. IC recognition is really important for eng culture and team morale, a good (skip) manager will definitely understand
    Oct 30, 2018 0
  • Aurora bystander!
    He/She got credit for hiring yo-ass, and getting work out of you. For him, every monkey in Bay Area can code, only he/she can get work done ;)
    Oct 30, 2018 1
    • New / Eng uhYr23
      OP
      They already get the credit for that. That's why their title is manager and pay scale higher. They can't get the credit of technical work if they haven't done it. This is a broken system.
      Oct 30, 2018
  • New / Eng ☘️ guest
    I think your manager is insecure and no way this was an accident. However he is not doing this on purpose to screw you over.

    He probably meant to represent the team under him. This is the reason why he doesn’t put everyone’s name on it. But it does make you feel like crap.

    I would never raise this issue because

    1. If you raise this issue, you’re only rubbing in the fact that he is insecure (you may not see this, but this is probably how he feels about himself). There is no point to cbring more attention to this fact.

    2. Instead of criticizing him every time he does something wrong, how about say it casually. “Hey, you’re a great manager and I really enjoy working for you. You aren’t the type of manager to take the team’s credit and you always credit everyone on our team in front of everyone else. It really makes me want to work harder for you just because of how you are.” Then you sit back and observe if he changes behavior. I bet he will want to put his team’s name on it from now on and he will never take credit again. If he doesn’t put your name on it, I’m sure he will at least credit you verbally in front of other people.
    Oct 30, 2018 3
    • Qualcomm
      ic-rf

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      ic-rfmore
      being passive aggressive does not yield effective results
      Oct 30, 2018
    • New / Eng ☘️ guest
      This is not being passive aggressive. It’s positive reinforcement. Note I only mentioned positive qualities and see if he would change his behavior in positive way.

      Passive aggressive is being angry and not saying anything. I’m making sure I mention positive qualities so I can see if he would react it this.
      Oct 30, 2018
    • Goldman Sachs / IT OWWG73
      That's definitely passive aggressive... Everything you are saying means the opposite. It's like saying Hiiii that's a nice shirt. You're not the type who buys clothes from the homeless, I can really tell (fake smile).

      Just man up and say something or start leetcoding to a new job. Anybody with some smarts will see through this type of passive BS and will start thinking much less of you.
      Oct 30, 2018
  • Amazon Ggggj
    Think of it this way. Your job as an IC is to make your manager look good. You should feel proud that your manager was recognized for something that you did. It could’ve been someone else on your team too. As long as your manager recognizes that he was appreciated for the work that you did, it should be okay. My manager received an award for a cross-team collaboration that I lead as an IC. He recognized that it was my work that got him this award. I think that was the point he began investing more in me and develop my career. With that being said, if your manager leaves tomorrow and no one know you did the work then it’s kinda screwed given that work was good for supporting your promo or a raise.
    Oct 30, 2018 3
    • Qualcomm
      ic-rf

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      ic-rfmore
      👆🏼this guy must be a manager
      Oct 30, 2018
    • Amazon Hhhhu
      I’m an IC.
      Oct 31, 2018
    • Qualcomm
      ic-rf

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      ic-rfmore
      an IC on track of becoming a manager???
      Oct 31, 2018
  • New ktFx33
    Are you new? When I was new I wanted credit for everything I did. After a while I realized true confidence is doing good work even when nobody ever sees it. Unless this is a pattern I’d let it go
    Oct 30, 2018 1
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

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      Brazukamore
      /\ This
      Oct 31, 2018
  • Indeed / PR CDwY37
    Don’t confront him. You never know what comes out of it. Some people hold grudges and the power imbalance between subordinates and managers make it hard to fight. Just remember what you’d like to get out of the job and observe his behaviors over time to have a better judgement about him. If working with him isn’t going to bring what you need, just plan ahead and find a better manager
    Oct 31, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng msmsmznzns
    Millennials!! In my time we used to work for 💰 and save enough for retirement. It was better those days.
    Oct 30, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm ic-rf
    manager.... then manager’s manager
    Oct 30, 2018 2
    • New / Eng uhYr23
      OP
      For raising the issue?
      Oct 30, 2018
    • Qualcomm
      ic-rf

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      ic-rfmore
      yes, tell him it’s demoralizing not being credited for your hard work. If he does it again then go above him
      Oct 30, 2018
  • New / Eng
    hYw82bsos

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    hYw82bsosmore
    Kick in his door and yell "what the fuck if up kyle?!?". No matter his name
    Oct 30, 2018 0
  • IBM / Eng
    Elaine💕

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    Elaine💕more
    Ask him a deep question with respect to the project publicly.
    Oct 30, 2018 2
    • Illumina / Other
      Capice

      Illumina Other

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      Capicemore
      “What do you think about the clever use of setjmp and longjmp in the dispatch code?”
      Oct 30, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng 🍤🍤&🌭🌭
      I witnessed something like this (only it was an asswipe IC from another team trying to take credit). It was one of the most uncomfortable meetings ever because everyone knew the deal about 45 seconds in. The managers were squirming. The techies were smirking. And the GEM let the guy dig a deep hole. It was awesome. I’m not recommending it, but it was very entertaining.
      Oct 31, 2018
  • Oracle champa
    If he give give promotion, you no worry. Some manager only ask your promotion
    Oct 30, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng Chad🕶
    Time to get a new manager now. Any great manager will always try to help their direct reports look as good as possible.

    Any manager who claims to be leading big tasks sounds like a shitty manager to me. They're either lying, or just suck at their job i.e. delegating the work to their employees and managing them
    Oct 30, 2018 0
  • Illumina / Other
    Capice

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    Capicemore
    Wait until you are asked to give 360 input on him or until your company gives you a survey about your manager
    Oct 30, 2018 0
  • Facebook Totalcomp
    I'd bring it up in a one on one. That's his job, to motivate people. Feedback is important for his career growth. It's too his benefit more so than yours though.
    Oct 30, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Blkman
    Don’t confront him. If it was just once may be it was a mistake. If it happens again, check with him like “what additional items should I do to see my name in all hands”. IOWs, Make it about how you compare to your other peers whose names appear on the board.
    Oct 30, 2018 0

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