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I've been working under my manager who came to the company about 18 months ago. He's a nice enough guy and I had high hopes for working with him. About 9 months ago his family moved to the states from China but instead of moving where we are, they decided to move to California where they own a house.  At that point he announced that he will continue to work here "for the time being" with the long term plan to leave and join them in California.  From day one he never attempted to understand the details of the business, and ever since the family move he's made no attempt to understand more than is minimally required to keep from looking completely inept. We are both in finance so our work is extremely technical.  I am and have been doing 98% of his job since he got here.  My efforts to not let it bother me are starting to wear thin and I don't want resentment to affect my professionalism.  I find that I have to explain things to him several times a week because he doesn't understand what I consider the basics of what he should know considering his position. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with the situation? For the long term, I plan on applying for his job when he does leave. Any advice on things I can do now to be prepared for that opportunity?

tomw's picture

Do your best work. Be sure to promote the work that you do so that others see it. And no matter how hard it is, don't tell anyone in the company what you think of him. No good will come of it.

jhack's picture

 There are several podcasts about bosses; the two listed below are key for you now.  

Make sure you understand his priorities and goals.  Offer to help him achieve those goals.  Outperform your peers.  

Say nothing negative about anyone, to anyone.  Ever.  Speak only of positives, express optimism about the future, and continue your efforts. 

He probably knows more than you think, about things you aren't dealing with.  And if is truly ignorant and ineffective, his manager will figure it out.  

Patience is hard, and it is your best strategy.   Good luck. 

www.manager-tools.com/2006/01/managing-your-boss - 2010-01-21  and 

www.manager-tools.com/2008/11/boss-one-on-ones-professional-updates - 2010-01-21

John Hack

mdrubin's picture

I agree with the previous posts.  If you tell any of the higher managers about your concerns, you will appear as a "snitch" who is bitter about having to work for someone else.  It will not be good for you.  Unless anything your manager is doing will be looked on as your fault, since your doing 98% of his job, or if he is doing something illegal, unethical, or dangerous, then patience is truly called for.  Also, when the time comes and your manager leaves the company leaving his position open, do not speak badly of him to managers or colleagues, while you are trying to get that position.

Marty Rubin