Being undermined by colleague



Schlumberger Limited
Jun 18, 2018 14 Comments

This is a real WTF moment for me. I joined the company and team <6 months ago. My team mate appears to be actively undermining me.
After I delivered my project successfully, my manager asked me to take over a project which was abandoned by this colleague last year. I am not privy to the exact reasons why he didn't complete that project at that time. I contacted my colleague to get the latest on that etc. He always talked in a very hand wavy manner, shying away from any concrete details. I took this as a sign that he hadn't actually made any progress. I didn't get any prototype code, or docs. He didn't even tell me names of the cross-org folks he was "working with" and actively changed the topic once I brought up setting a meeting with "them" to discuss the current state. Anyway, it was slow going but I made some progress on my own. Now he is actively blocking me, not giving me the experimental boxes, and keeping me out of the meetings he had with this other team. Worst of all, I suspect he took details on my progress on this project from our discussions and put it in a "draft doc" to be sent to all stakeholders and hasn't yet told me about it.
TLDR: A colleague is undermining my effort and going behind my back to portray my work as his. I have some written evidence of his active blocking efforts but not everything. I am the new guy, how can I even approach my manager about this, if at all? I haven't confronted him yet since he has abruptly gone remote for a month.
TC is that of an L62 @ Microsoft, Seattle.


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TOP 14 Comments
  • Microsoft vMmk05
    Basically just means he hasn’t been doing shit. Just set up meetings with stakeholders and say you’re the captain now. Also escalate if he keeps doing it
    Jun 18, 2018 0
  • Every time you send him anything, bcc your managers and any other stakeholders that you want to know about this. Maybe not every single email, but just bcc them occasionally with the whole email thread included.
    Jun 19, 2018 2
    • Microsoft / Eng

      Microsoft Eng

      Hate coding quizzes but studying hard for better future!
      Bcc is very bad advice. What would his manager think of OP? If anything, he is giving impression that he is being political and trying to complain in a weird way. He can simply CC his manager.
      Jun 19, 2018
    • Avvo kewpie
      Or he could just talk to his manager instead of being passive aggressive
      Jun 19, 2018
  • Cisco / Eng

    Cisco Eng

    500 Startups
    Following. I just hope the cruel team mate leaves the team or u just switch teams. It’s difficult to deal with them. I experienced same in my previous company and I just switched.
    Jun 18, 2018 1
    • Cisco Avr1UsK
      Welcome to hell.
      Jun 19, 2018
  • Microsoft desanxxx
    1. TLDR should go in the fucking beginning. 2. Why didn't you talk to your manager? You had to bring it up to the management attention immediately. If your manager does not listen or does not support you it may be still because you don't know how to present such things and complain properly.
    Jun 19, 2018 0
  • Airbnb keOU54
    It’s review time. He could be worried that your success will reflect negatively on his failure from last year, or that you will stack rank higher than him if you complete this.
    Jun 19, 2018 1
    • I thought MS quit doing stack rank?
      Jun 19, 2018
  • Intuit / Design canary
    Take the initiative to share your progress out yourself. To your manager, to your manager’s manager, to his manager, and to key stakeholders. Give context on what you inherited from who and in what state, and then share the goals you set for this project, progress you made as well as the process details that got you there. It’ll clear up any confusion, give you ample visibility, and establish you as the driver for this project.

    And document everything you’re doing and the blockers you’re encountering. Tell your manager everything and ask for support. Connect with his manager. Ask your manager that you’d like to define a clear escalation path to ensure that the blockers you’re encountering are removed promptly so they don’t impede your work or this project’s success... and get approval for additional resources to aid you in this work. If necessary, enlist a third party to be part of those convos (e.g. cc your manger and his manager. Sick a program manager on this colleague to ruthlessly follow up on questions, assets, and tasks while sparing you the grief and effort of engaging directly.)
    Jun 19, 2018 0
  • Facebook i0mr
    Sounds like typical Microsoft.
    Jun 19, 2018 0
  • Twitter / Eng

    Twitter Eng

    Oracle, Facebook
    Dude TL;DR at the fucking top next time. Also talk to your manager and tell him or her about the douchebaggery
    Jun 19, 2018 0
  • Uber sammi
    Sounds like a typical day at Uber
    Jun 19, 2018 0
  • Tango Health / Eng fifafever
    Which org?
    Jun 18, 2018 0


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