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Do you like your boss? Does your boss like his boss? We want to hear from you

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Federal Times would like to find out how you feel about your managers — from your frontline boss to your agency’s head in Washington. With the sequester hitting, budgets getting slashed, and morale plummeting, are your bosses helping you make the best of a bad situation? Or are they only making things worse?

Sound off below, or e-mail amedici@federaltimes.com. If you’d like to remain anonymous, that’s fine.

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  1. HenryJ Says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I retired early. That tells you all you need to know!

  2. Trust7144 Says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    It’s funny you should ask. They, our civilian as well as our military leaders say that they care, but they could really give a sh–t about us. They talk furloughs, and yet even with a so called hiring freeze my division continues to hire and in one case promote someone.

    Another funny thing is that my direct supervisor is recognized for outstanding management of our program yet he lacks in providing annual performance appraisals to all he manages. He as well as my senior rater have received their appraisels as did their office pets too include bonuses or a WGI before OPMs guidance to stop monetary awards for performance. How f—– convenient. Am sorry but am pissed at my entire chain of command and the Congress. They all have failed us federal workers.

  3. Erob Says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Post Office management is the worst it has ever been in my 30+ years. High stress, grievances off the chart, discipline handed out daily for petty infractions. Managers are he’ll vent on making unreasonable projections, and forcing it I. The carriers to perform daily beyond normal.
    I can’t wait to retire!
    Welcome to the new Postal Service!
    Thanks PMG Donohoe!
    What a joke!

  4. henry logan Says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Try having your NCIS Director and Deputy Director under a senior level dodig investigation for fraud waste abuse or taxpayers and abuse of authority by conducting an illegal and unauthorized workforce reduction via the ncis mobility policy. The dodig investigation number is 125602. Refer to thetruencis.com site or just type it into your google search. Also they had a navy times article published about this plus two cnn ireport sites. Just type in ncis backdoor downsizing for the article and not mark harmons ncis for the two cnn ireports.

    Some employee was told by ncis SES’ers to choose between his career or the health of his child with cancer and they are forcing him out.

    You think we have it bad try having those SES’ers. Its a good and informative read.

  5. Neu Says:
    March 23rd, 2013 at 8:49 am

    In my Air Force organization of 250 people here in the D.C. area, my leadership is seriously considering confiscating everyone’s laptops and Blackberries the evening before a persons’ furlough day and returning them the next morning. They’re also seriously contemplating temporarily cancelling telework and compressed work schedule. Why? ‘Cause they believe that this will make it much easier for supervisors to ensure that employees aren’t working on their furlough day and that keeping track of who is on and who is off much easier if everyone’s on straight eights. Absolutely ridiculous. I personally don’t think they’ll go thru with these crazy ideas (logistics and potential grievances may convince them these are not good ideas), but it’s causing a LOT of angst at the organization among employees.

  6. Neu Says:
    March 23rd, 2013 at 8:49 am

    In my Air Force organization of 250 people here in the D.C. area, my leadership is seriously considering confiscating everyone’s laptops and Blackberries the evening before a persons’ furlough day and returning them the next morning. They’re also seriously contemplating temporarily cancelling telework and compressed work schedule. Why? ‘Cause they believe that this will make it much easier for supervisors to ensure that employees aren’t working on their furlough day and that keeping track of who is on and who is off much easier if everyone’s on straight eights. Absolutely ridiculous. I personally don’t think they’ll go thru with these crazy ideas (logistics and potential grievances may convince them these are not good ideas), but it’s causing a LOT of angst at the organization among employees.

  7. DJ Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Hmm, actually I’m luck to have a great boss. She keeps us informed, goes to bat for us, it’s not her fault Congress cannot make up their mind on ANYTHING, it is not her fault we have not had a raise, she is one in a million. Cares about the team, doesn’t micro-manage us, allows us to make decisions, allows us to grow. She has an open door policy no matter what the situation is. The entire team gives 100%, because that’s what she gives. My opinion, Congress could take a few lessons from her; but their heads are stuck so far up, and you know the rest of the saying.

  8. Penny Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    No and no. My supervisor has virtually abdicated all his authority to his superior, only to complain about his superior’s ability to manage the office. Why he gets GS-14 pay, I’ll never know. In any matter, from a minor leave issue to a serious safety infraction, he points to the corner office and tells employees to take it up with his boss. If we have to do HIS job, then we want HIS pay.

  9. J.P Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I have worked for DOD for over 25 years. We seem to do more spreadsheets for our mangement and little customer related activities. My boss see’s little value in the skills I have developed over the years along with our Sr. level managers. Time to get back to what we here for and stop all the chart making that makes our mangers look good. What ever happened to the customer and what thay want.

  10. Whorhay Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    My Boss is great. Does everything a supervisor/boss should for their workers. His boss I also have little complaint with though he needs some work on personal communication skills, his ethnic background is very different though which is probably the root of some of that. The boss above that I have had a lot less interaction with and can’t say one way or the other.

  11. Blame Obama Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    My boss, Joanne, at the USDA is absolutely awesome! She has her subordinates’ backs and is a pleaure to work with. I like being around her because we always find something to laugh about. We laugh at everything and at each other; she is a gem! She supervises her subordinates and does not interfere with us supervising our subordinates. She has been in the government for 40 years and I hope she stays for 40 more!! She is really easy to work for.

  12. Misery's company Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    My manager has said that he dreads coming to work; so do I, ever since he became my manager. His reign of terror has resulted in resumption of antidepressants after 8 years without them, chest pain, anxiety attacks, and high blood pressure. He has created an atmosphere of negativity and constant high stress, affecting several of us! He has severe mood swings, shows favoritism, dislikes older employees, and makes me miserable. He lies to upper management if his actions are made known-and he is not held accountable. Help!

  13. Linda Says:
    March 27th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Both are good — however, their line of communication with me sucks! They tend to do things and not share the information — being their admin assistant – I am the central point of the office. I should know just about everything that is going on – I don’t need to know all the intricate details – just the jist of it so when asked a question by others I can answer it. My biggest problem is with another individual in the chain….he may be an E-9 – but I’ve been in civil service longer than he’s been in the military! Let me do my job – don’t go behind my back and check everything I do – I CAN DO MY JOB!!! Don’t ask me to do something and then go and double check with others that I am doing it — what kind of message does that send to our organization? I don’t care what kind of unit you came from — you’re here now….we CAN all work together if HE lets us…

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