I joined a consulting company and was staffed on a project. I have several years of professional experience, I'm not a recent graduate. I worked as a consultant before, so it's not like I don't know the field.
However, this situation happens to me for the first time.
The first day I joined the project, I was given a max. 15-min introduction to the (very complex) project and asked to quickly create a presentation on the project for the highest management: a project plan, goals, schedule, roles. (I've been on the project for a while now and can say that none of these was clear or is clear now). I was given around 3 h for that. We arranged to discuss it let's say at 3 pm. I was also sent a long deck on the project and since I hadn't received any, even the most basic, info on the project before I started up by going through the deck quickly and coping the slides I found important for my task into the new deck.
After an hour or so, my boss came and told me to urgently send him what I've done so far. I told him I didn't have a presentation yet and intended to say that I'd been getting acquainted with the topic first. I was interrupted and asked to immediately send him my presentation. So I sent him the collection of random slides copied from the other deck with some structure and notes in it. I tried to explain my approach but wasn't given a chance. I was repeatedly interrupted.
He then told me I completely misunderstood the task.
Situations like that have repeated several times.
I'm wondering whether this is normal. How to understand whether I'm the problem or the environment is?