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Political Hopscotch

I'm so tired of business political BS. I just want to come in do my time, go home and get my paycheck. My company (we'll call us Somebody Inc.) bought another company (Rotten-Sushi) and since rotten-sushi was SF based they moved into our oversized office and outnumbered the Somebody Inc. people. they also had higher titles so became the power of the office.

Before the merger last December we were all a family with no backstabbing or political agendas, now there is so much blood on the floor and too many people with ass breath. I shouldn't feel like I need to censor myself at work. I didn't when I worked at an investment back, why should I at an advertising/technology company? Why should I have to strap a little metal plate to my back to keep my blood from spilling? It's nasty, I do my best to ignore it, I've worked in these environments before, I'm just tired of it.

I've written way too many times about how The two companies mix like oil and water. On Monday we will be changing the name of our company from Somebody Inc. to Somebody.Rotten-Sushi. I am furious. I don't want their failed company's name. I also don't like the fact that I have to change the reply to address in all the Mac users email configurations. the company is spending a ton of money trying to get employees to embrace the new brand, I don't want anything to do with it. I don't want their mugs, pens, post-its, or any other crap with the new logo emblazoned upon it. In fact I feel like burning it, smashing it and trashing it.

But alas I know I have to put on a pretty face and feign non-hatred. I wonder what would happen if I threw a fit. My boss wouldn't care. I wonder if the rotten sushi of power in this office would be able to touch me. None of them have ever registered my existence, besides I'm corporate. I don't report to any of them. What do you think, should I stir the pot of trouble or just sneer in the shadows?

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supertanshemale
Sep. 26th, 2003 09:20 pm (UTC)
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!
supertanshemale
Sep. 26th, 2003 09:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, or you could send me all the logo emblazoned crap. I always need post-its.

A Million Kisses,
SuperTan
roosterbear
Sep. 27th, 2003 08:07 am (UTC)
What do you think, should I stir the pot of trouble or just sneer in the shadows?

I look at office animosity kind of like a monster. The more you feed it, the bigger and louder he gets. And then before you know it he's coughing up hairballs and shedding and making a general mess everywhere.

I'd say stay as much out of it as is possible. The payoff is not worth the price. Be a fly on the wall as much as is possible.
_kaiser_
Sep. 27th, 2003 10:57 am (UTC)
agreed
monkeyx3
Sep. 29th, 2003 12:35 pm (UTC)
I will follow the consensus. I will try to ignore the BS and focus on my paycheck. That is after all why I am here, not because I like hearing hot air.
mingerspice
Oct. 1st, 2003 12:10 pm (UTC)
Monster?
Sounds like a pet to me. :) I think to be a monster, a being must:

a) Change shape on the full moon, in water, in a mirror, or at will
b) Kill people/other cute mammals in an especially gory way
c) Run on electricity (or possibly petroleum)
d) Be extraordinarily beautiful or ugly; and/or
e) Be hated by small town villagers (with or without pitchforks)
monkeyx3
Oct. 1st, 2003 12:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Monster?
My company meets several of these criteria: A (at will),B (layoff/kill what's the difference. they definitely kill souls.), & C (everyone has a computer that I have to fix when they break 'em).

Funny!
mafioso
Sep. 28th, 2003 02:08 pm (UTC)
Office Politics
I would agree with roosterbear as well. Stay out of it and dont get caught up in the he said she said crap.
monkeyx3
Sep. 29th, 2003 12:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Office Politics
I am going to follow Roosterbear's advice. I don't usually get caught up in he said/she said. What irks me though is the power-hungry backstabbing environment that my workplace has become. We used to be like a small family struggling to make ends meet. We worked together, I don't like the "New Company" environment at all.
mafioso
Sep. 29th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Office Politics
Your situation sounds similar to what we are going through with this company. We are an office with west coast branches in Oakland, Century City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and through a merger now have other offices in New York, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Newark, Falls Church et al Well the whole family situation changed with us as we now had different parents to answer to so to speak and all the rules kept on gradually changing till you noticed the company was far different then when you 1st joined. I also know that this is part of what they call "change" and I dont have to like it and so I deal with it. It seems no matter where you go there will be these politics you must encounter.
Hang in there!
mingerspice
Oct. 1st, 2003 03:17 am (UTC)
oh corporate "culture"
Sounds horrible. Just joined the workforce. Already slightly repulsed by the farce that is corporate culture. Anyone who says that college campuses impose some kind of intellectual/political leftist hegemony has obviously never had to work in a big corporate office. The slight disingenuity and poseurish-ness of campus politics is nothing compared to the corporations, which basically conduct open warfare on their employees' intellectual independence.

Keep your back to the wall and your fist in the air!
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