I joined my current company not even a year ago, I knew the manager (Paul) previously an old work colleague from many years ago. A guy who I've had on facebook but not seen during this time. But we are friends, kind-of.
I have to say I'm very careful with him and what I say to him.
I think he had a big part to play in getting my current role.
Under the managing director he's at the same level as handful of other managers in the business, but he and another guy were the original three founding members of the company, the other guy is called Dave.
Anyway, a junior colleague joined the company a few months ago and was told by his supervisor to be careful of Paul as he has a short temper and not to talk over him.
I hadn't heard this and did talk over him and was barked at 'let me finish' several months ago.
Anyways we have morning meetings, every morning. As soon as Paul enters the room, the mood changes. He has a stern look on his face.
He often scolds people in the meeting and barks out orders, even some in senior positions, direct reports to him, also some at the same level, it's just really unprofessional. He often tells off one guy and the junior guy especially.
I feel that he judges and assesses all of us every day, it's supposed to be a scrum.
It's really stressful and embarrassing, seeing him treat people in this way.
In the department, they've lost 3 of the 7 staff this year, all of whom have been there several years. We now have 6 in total. I don't think my junior colleague will be with us much longer. It's really quite a desperate situation in the company, we really can't keep loosing people like this. I know Paul is really quite annoyed that people keep leaving.
To be honest I'm not happy either, I have mentioned it to Paul in a review, but I didn't at the time, make an issue out of it.
I just think it's such a shame that this is happening and something can't be done.
The rest of us guys in the department get on well together and even have a bit of a laugh when Paul isn't in the office.
I know I could speak to HR, but I still feel quite junior to the company and I'm not sure what would happen.
Paul is regarded as quite senior through-out the company.
I could speak to the managing director, but it might get back to Paul, he may even tell Paul to sort out his department, I can't imagine what sort of chaos that could come back to me.
My junior colleague has spoken to Dave and said he wasn't happy, who spoke to his supervisor, who spoke to Paul last week, but nothing has changed and nothing will.
I'm really trying to figure out if we can do anything to get out of this situation, I'm struggle to think of any solution.