[SIZE=4][B]I’m posting this for JohnG because he’s having problems posting to this site
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK AT SUNY MARITIME - PART 3
If you’re just coming to this post without reading the post, and first followup, from Apr. 10, read them first. Otherwise you might not understand this. You can see them at:
Today, boys and girls, we’re going to show more of the insanity that passes for management at SUNY Maritime. We’ll see more of the nonsense that one employee had to undergo during her annual review by her esteemed supervisor. That supervisor was hired by Carpenter even though she had ZERO experience or qualifications for her job. She’d been a paper pusher in a SUNY office prior. We also have to note that she’d been this person’s supervisor for less than 3 months. That employee had reported to Carpenter before.
These are some notes that the employee made immediately after her review. I’m copying them as they were given to me. Some are not directly related to the actual review, but show the insanity of management. I’m not the employee. The bold titles are written by me
[B]Thank you very much. Now go fuck yourself[/B]
Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation: 21st Century Grant partnership
I initiated contact between the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation and SUNY Maritime in relation to a 21st Century Grant partnership. SASF had been my client for about 15 years before I worked at Maritime. The founder is a good friend. I set up a meeting and accompanied Bernstein and Dick Burke to the meeting at SASF and introduced them.
Several weeks ago I received an email from Bruce K, Development Director at SASF. He was trying to reach people at Maritime involved in the possible grant application and had not received a reply. I sent emails to the appropriate Maritime employees, telling them that Bruce K wanted to reach them. I was told by Aimee Bernstein that this was not my area and that I was to keep away from it.
I was reprimanded for simply passing on a message from someone because the idiots in the so-called Development Dep’t. were too incompetent to answer an email or return a phone call.
I was told, in no uncertain terms, to stay away from something that I had initiated, and refrain from contact with a person whom I worked with for many years in the past, including writing at least one grant proposal.
I assume that I overstepped my bounds by passing on the message. I assume that this was also held as a negative against me in my evaluation.
Note to readers from JohnG: A $1.8 Million grant was the result. That was because of this employee and her contacts. Without that, there never would have been a grant. I believe that Bernstein tried to claim all credit but Carpenter sent out an email thanking this employee.
[B]Establishing a budget when they won’t tell you how much money there is for that budget[/B]
Establishment of a marketing budget - Unsatisfactory.
I was supposed to create a marketing budget but nobody would tell me how much money was allocated, so dear old Aimee marked my performance Unsatisfactory.
I had been asked to prepare a Marketing Plan for SUNY Maritime, by myself. I note that creating an overall marketing plan for the school is not contained in the job description for my position, Communications Director. Normally, such an assignment would be given to the person with overall control of external affairs or overall marketing at the school, like the VP for University Relations, rather than the Communications Director, who’s supposed to handle PR. I can only conclude that Carpenter thought her to be unable to create such a plan.
I have no budgeting authority and must rely on amounts provided to me by others. I have not been provided with a total amount for allocation. I can only go on what we have done previously. How am I supposed to create a budget when nobody will give ma an overall amount of money available. Is it $100? $1000? $10,000? $100,000? $1 Million? Who knows! The idiots wouldn’t tell me. I asked and asked and got the “sounds of silence” in response. This is what I’m up against.
In the marketing plan, various advertising venues are described. On pages 15 through 18, I provided the school’s current advertising and the costs of each. That was the best I could do without being given ANY guidance as to the total amount available.
So my performance is unsatisfactory because nobody, including her, will give me an amount to work with. The incompetence is beyond belief.
[B]Note to readers from JohnG:[/B] Are you noticing a pattern here? It seems that one person is given a lot of work that’s really supposed to be the responsibility of others, but they seem to be too incompetent to be able to do it. Maritime also has an Executive Director of External Affairs. It is unknown what this person actually does or accomplishes. She gets paid a lot more than the employee mentioned here. The VP for University Relations is paid about DOUBLE what the employee mentioned here was paid. Yet they don’t seem to be able to accomplish much.[/SIZE]