Modern Middle Manager
Primarily my musings on the practical application of technology and management principles at a financial services company.
Reviewing My Job

Friday, May 30, 2003  

Since I'm obviously in a proper frame of mind to evaluate my position here, let's look at the positives and negatives, the advantages and disadvantages, the virtues & vices of being CTO at my current place of work:

The Good
Flexible schedule.
Pretty reasonable department discretion with a large (to me) budget.
Good staff that acts as a team, receives mentoring and continues sporadically to become better professionals.
Final authority on technology -- can implement OSS projects to solve a problem if I think it best, for example.
Direct vendor contact (helps with the perks).
Rest of company is pretty easy to work with, except senior management (see below).

The Bad
No mentoring.
No strategic direction for the company.
No motivation other than a paycheck and near-sinecure.
Stupid, stupid requests.
Staff needs occasional beatings.

The Ugly
Senior management appears to adhere to the Asshat School of Management (thank you Oliver Willis for the term).
Management at our parent company appears to do the same.

posted by Henry Jenkins | 5/30/2003 12:11:00 PM

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