Got fired for "talking to the CEO"
I was fired in 4 months from a product manager position. While firing me the boss told me the reason being that I had met the CEO without her permission.
EDIT: I want to add here that this was just a pretext. My boss had told me verbally a week prior that she was okay with me meeting the CEO
Just posting my story and wondering if anybody else has seen something similar. I am a product manager in Austin. 10 YOE total, with around 8 as a SWE in mid-size companies, and 3 as a PDM.
I joined a sister company of Keller Williams 4 months back as a Product Manager. In a team of 8 people, I was the only tech person, all others being women in their 50s hailing from real estate. The idea was to create a Zillow-Offers like tech company. I was given a 5 member remote dev team that sat in Poland.
From the get-go I tried to educate everyone, including my boss, about how tech companies work. I introduced them to scrum, weekly standups, and other stuff to streamline the business. I also handled 2 products (large to mid-size web applications) and delivered a POC on one in 2.5 months. Just to keep things in perspective, another similar sister company took exactly 1 year to bring out their POC.
I used to get monthly reviews from my boss who told me at least 3 times that she was planning to promote me to a director position.
Suddenly things changed after 3 months. I bumped into the CEO (incidentally CEO was just 2 levels above me; he was my boss's boss) and realized that my boss never told him about the software POC I released. I sought a meeting with him and explained on what I was delivered, and that the other software would be released in a month.
Soon after this I started getting tremendous pressure to deliver the second software in a few days. When I tried to explain why this wasn't possible ("I can add a payment method and some text pages on my WordPress website in a day, why can't you") I was told that I wasn't a good leader because I am not able to push my team enough. Really frustrated and burnt-out by all the work I was doing I made a quick-and-dirty WordPress website for them to hold them off for a month while my team worked on a NodeJS/React app hosted on GCP.
The next day I was fired for "talking to the CEO" and "not being able to work fast enough". I suspect I was made a scapegoat for some office politics.
(Extra: To make things more interesting my boss sent a legal notice to me accusing me of having deleted company info. This was, of course, false - I sent a legal reply and shut them up)
I am wondering if anybody here has had a similar experience. Am I missing something here?