re: bad fit?

Subject: re: bad fit?
From: "Cindy Parker-Mart" <cparker -at- fuse -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 17:39:06 -0500

I'm going to take the opposite opinion from everyone else. BIG DISCLAIMER
FIRST: Based on the information presented, I in no way believe this is what
happened to Maggie and personally I think she's probably much better off.

At one time, I worked for a company that hired a writer. Interviews were
terrific. Samples were wonderful. References were glowing... you get the
picture. This person was going to be IT. I am sad to say that as the lead
writer, the one who had to train aforemention hiree, and sadly, one of the
ones who recommended hiring this person - knew in 2 weeks time that we had
made a terrible mistake. Without listing this person's flaws (they were
many and not minor either), it was a complete mess. After numerous attempts
to salvage the situation, boss quits. The performance plan we had placed
this writer on went out the door. New boss comes in... ready for
challenges. New boss does nothing, situation with writer gets worse. More
attempts are made, boss 2 quits. Boss 3 is hired. Asks me what the deal
was... I repeat story, cite problems, attempts to correct, the lack of
consistency with bosses 1 and 2.

We are now 6 months into new writers career with company. Person cannot be
fired at this point because probation time is up and large sev. package is
costly. Sadly, I knew, honestly knew this person would NEVER work out.
Other writers have been fine. I wish we had cut this person loose for the
good of the person ( who obviously hates the job) and for the rest of the
team who is demoralized, angry and frustrated.

Now, with that said, I mean no disrespect to Maggie, but girl, be happy! I
think that if they can't communicate the problem, then think about review
time, about deadlines etc. Imagine the problems. Perhaps my organization
was impossible, but many many people did work there happily. You will find
the right fit and you'll find that the company probably did you an enormous
favor when you look back in a month or so.

Best Regards and Good Luck

Cindy Parker-Mart
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