Manager called me "code monkey"

Sep 6, 2019 55 Comments

Today during my 1 on 1 with manager we were discussing some technical decisions I was making. We got into a bit of an argument. My manager doesn't care about quality and always talking about delivery. I got a bit heated. My manager slapped me on my back and called me "code monkey" while laughing. I stayed quiet for the rest of the meeting due to holding myself. Couldn't do any work after 1 on 1. Went home. What should I do Blind? I want to report to hr but I don't know if hr will take my side. Or is it time to vote with my feet and leave?



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TOP 55 Comments
  • Wayfair / Eng tAcq10
    I'm confused. Did you believe you weren't a code monkey before that?
    Sep 6, 2019 0
  • GoDaddy lt84bw
    Stop being a code monkey and get back coding lol 😂
    Sep 6, 2019 0
  • Amazon zVjh74
    Report to HR. You are being discriminated against and you have a legal case.
    Sep 6, 2019 2
    • Amazon Waze
      No, this is stupid. What discrimination? At worst its an insult. It's obvious that the manager and you have different mindsets that make it hard to work together.
      Just vote with your feet and go to a different team.
      Sep 6, 2019
    • Symantec oocla
      He is being discriminated against because monkeys are a legally protected class.
      Sep 7, 2019
  • New uPqF72
    What I don’t get about blind is that couldn’t your manager just be reading this message and obviously know it’s about him and yourself ?!?!?!?!?
    Sep 6, 2019 4
    • Twitch / Eng annnon
      If you don't care then why don't you just be an adult and talk to him directly rather than passive aggressively blind shaming him on the social media? Sure he will appreciate that :)
      Sep 6, 2019
    • Salesforce OuiC70
      OP wouldnt give a shit if the manager appreciates or not. The manager already crossed the line and lost all due respect from OP
      Sep 19, 2019
  • Apple picheswar
    Sep 6, 2019 0
  • NVIDIA dirtycpu
    Are you fucking kidding me?

    Why is report him to HR even an option. Man or woman up and tell him that's not funny, don't go cry to the teacher every time someone hurt your feeling. 😱

    Or maybe you are a code monkey and it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. It almost never is to do with your appearance so don't start that shit...
    Sep 6, 2019 0
  • Apple


    I would give him a one-way trip to suplex city
    Sep 6, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / R&D I 🏇
    I think there could be a communication gap. The manager could think that “code monkey” is a person, who thinks about code only and doesn’t care about business needs or prioritizes code over business needs.

    Regardless how your manager called you, do you want to work in a team, where good engineering isn’t respected?
    Sep 6, 2019 1
    • Microsoft wtfdudes
      I agree there seems to be some context missing. The backslap and laugh suggest it was intended in an amiable manner and making a point about perspective /approach rather than meant as a slur. Op can still be offended if they want (and people can say horrible things even when the intent was nonnegative) but it may be worth considering what exactly the intent was.

      Anyway as ^ said, independent of this event op and manager seem to have “irreconcilable differences”, and it’s apparent in the way op describes their manager.
      Sep 6, 2019
  • Procore Obama2024
    Are you black?
    Sep 6, 2019 3
    • Microsoft / Other jdpywbk
      Are you a coder?
      Sep 6, 2019
    • Procore Obama2024
      Still borderline. Monkey is a code word
      Sep 7, 2019
  • Microsoft jilla2
    Report to your skip
    Sep 6, 2019 2
    • Google Faithful
      A quicker way to be shown the door is by walking to it directly, rather than asking for directions
      Sep 6, 2019
    • Amazon Waze
      ^ this guy knows how shit goes down.
      Sep 7, 2019


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