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I started at this company in Europe 5 months ago.
I was placed in a small team within a company of about 150 people. This team is a stand-alone team and does not collaborate with any of the other teams within the company. The company has a relaxed work environment, you can come in late without issues, there's numerous game consoles and fussball tabels.
My coworker, E, is in the same position as I am. Yet because of his long time at the company he is unofficially considered to be a 'lead'. He will have final say on something and our product owner, who is also our manager, is his best buddy.
Upon joining I quickly noticed that E spends about 2,5-3 hours a day behind a game console. Another hour or so is spent outside, smoking. The manager also smokes regularly and will join him for a game every once in a while. The manager claims this is part of the creative process and it's important to give creative people their space. 'As long as the work gets finished'.
It does, because any timeframe E gives for whatever he needs to do is very long. Brainstorm sessions of 3 hours with no outcome other than how cool that new game is or 'I need another day because I just couldn't set my mind to it yesterday'. All these hours are written up to our clients so my company nor my manager really feels the pain, the manager doesn't even seem to really care. I feel like we could be doing twice as much good work in the same time as we are doing now, meaning we could basically earn twice as much as well.
I decided to ignore it but E noticed I finished my work much faster and I feel like he is now giving me bad feedback on purpose just so I have to go back and redo work and need more time. I can't prove this of course, but he does give me the feeling.
I'm scared to go to HR because I don't want to be that person and 'snitch' on my coworkers.
I feel like my unproductive coworker is costing the company time and money, yet our manager doesn't seem to care. Do I report this and if so, to who?