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AndyK | posted 06-16-2010 | Number of Votes: 60  |  Current Rating: 4.65   

Worked for a boss one time who was a real doozy. He was over an entire tech group of about 16 people, including me as the PC/tech guy.

We had a few critical departments in our corporation and I knew that if any of them went down, I was to drop everything else until they were back up and running. One day department X was down, and since they were critical I went straight there and started on the problem. I grabbed a bag of chips and a soda for lunch and was making progress in the early afternoon when Doozy Boss called for an update.

Doozy Boss: How are things going down there? You know they are a critical operation and we need it running as quickly as possible.

Me: Yes, I've worked straight through lunch. {gives him details of problem} I'll have to install some patches on the server, then we'll test with a few workstations and if that works we'll get all the other users logged in and start on the backlog of work they have.

DB: Keep in mind that this is a critical part of the business.

Me. Yes, I'm well aware. Thinking: I rushed straight down here, skipped lunch and have been working feverishly ever since!

DB: Oh yes, we have another critical issue in Department Y, so I need you down there as quickly as possible. Can you leave now and get started on it?

Me: As soon as I get finished here, I'll go over to Y and start on their issue.

DB: No, I really need you to go now. It's critical, remember?

Me: Okay, if you want me to leave now, I'll have to come back and finish this later...

DB (interrupting): No, finish up there first, then go over to Y and get started.

Me (thinking): since you won't hire anybody else to help, why not just clone me instead!! This kind of stuff happened on a daily basis with DB too.

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