I work for a multinational accounting firm. I work on a huge, multi-million dollar project. I’m the supervisor over this project and then there is my boss and the project manager. The project manager has got to be one of the most incompetent people I have worked with. First of all, if his ego was any bigger, they’d be able to see it from the space station. He helped develop the software that we use and this software is always breaking down, always has glitches and is very confusing to use. He screams that we never tell him about glitches but when we do tell him, we just are incompetent and don’t know how to use the system.
We prepare tax forms in the system along with reports that go with these tax forms. We also have access to an offline software (one that the project manager did not help build). A New York return takes me about an hour to prepare in the offline software and over 4 to prepare in the system, so I’ve been preparing it outside of the system (I put in the necessary data to get the reports) and I’ve been coming in under budget. Mental midget informs me that we should not be using the offline forms because he wants all of this data in his wonderful system. Now I argue with him because 1) the data on the form is not useful past preparing these forms, it changes from year to year 2) the things like nols and credits that carryforward are put into the system and 3) My budget is about 2.5 hours per return and I can met my budget by doing it out of the system rather than preparing a return in the system. He calls his director and partner on me and I have to break down the efficiency differential until they finally agree with me, which pissed him off.
He recently started implementing protocols that he says will help us; however, these protocols require me to do more work, not less and they won’t help me at all. He has no follow-through and can’t see past his pride and ego. My boss is a nice enough guy but I think has suffered permanent brain damage from inhaling the methane coming from the project manager’s behind. I’m the person on our team that does the training, that does the most complicated returns and that works on the biggest and most important projects and I’m about ready to move to another team. In fact, I’m talking to my Director next week.