My colleague and I were hired as leads on a new data warehousing team. She does great in meetings, knows the right questions to ask and appears very competent in customer-facing situations.
Back in the bullpen, however, its another matter altogether.
I have over 15 years of experience in data warehousing and I've worked in every role on an EDW team, and it didn't take long for me to realize that she's totally unqualified to do what she was hired for.
Hers is a very critical role and I've tried to mitigate her incompetence by helping her when asked. I've tried to steer her away from bad decisions, and offered suggestions privately so as not to embarrass her. But we're on different branches of the org chart, so I have no authority over what she ultimately does.
In addition to her incompetence, she's shown herself to be very vindictive, untrustworthy, and disloyal. On more than one occasion, she's disparaged team members to end-users in other departments, one of whom was a director. And her vindictiveness along with her incompetence over the past 18 months has resulted in the director of our department getting fired.
We've been going through a departmental re-org and now the team is under a different director. He recently asked me to put together a .ppt deck defining my ideal warehousing team, with all the roles I believe are necessary, in order for us to succeed. He asked me to place people on the team in the roles I believe they should be, and to augment the org chart wherever I believe there is a need. He also asked me to include in a separate document, commentary about my decisions.
I'd like to exclude her from the new team entirely. She's not loyal to the team. I don't trust her, and I don't see her as an asset. But would that be appropriate? Or is it more appropriate to place her in a different role? I can't in good conscience keep her in the role she's in when I know she has no business being there. I will be managing this new team, and I have good reason to believe that whatever I define will be established exactly as I've asked for it. And I do not want to manage her.
I don't want her on the team at all, to be honest.
My dtr carefully and methodically observed and evaluated everyone on the team. Then reorganized our department and fired my toxic colleague. I have since learned that examples of her incompetence and disparagement of fellow colleagues were brought to my director's attention by several people. And when it was announced that she would be leaving, people I didn't know from other floors came by to say "good riddance". I was surprised that so many people knew about her. We're all amazed at the diff. in the team dynamics. We're much more productive & the environment is peaceful.