I work for a large-size engineering firm, in the R&D department. I am working there from 6 months by now, and it is my first work after my MSc degree. I like (unsure now) both the company and the position, because I can work in research projects with other universities. I also collaborate with the Production department, doing more practical/engineering stuff. The R&D department is comprised by four people: my colleague, Mr. X, and my boss (line manager). The irascible, unprofessional person is Mr.X.
Overall I enjoyed working there because I knew I was up for the challenges, even if they tasked me to do things that I did not cover in my studies. The first 5 months proceeded smoothly, until last month, for a simple R&D tasks, I had multiple arguments with Mr. X, to the extent that he explicitly said "What do you expect?! To be replaced with somebody else that can actually do the damn job?!".
One day, out of the blue, Mr. X shows up to me with "a problem", we (I) needed to write an internal document on a topic A (in my MSc path, I only did compulsory courses on A), to gain knowledge for a research project. The document is internal to the company, a "what if" scenario for optimal practical design of experiments. Excerpt:
- Me: "my practical knowledge of A is zero, I will have to study first"
- Mr. X: "Well, aren't you from a technical background? I thought you could handle it, but here we are, you are the man for this project, and you must do it because I am the manager and I say so, ok?!".
I am reporting the words I wrote down after the argument. The "what did you expect" part followed after my argument, trying to convince Mr. X that I wanted to DO the job, but I needed time to prepare and study. All of this was futile and he was adamant in believing that I "dared" to tell how to do his job. The next day, Mr. X shows up at work and as soon as he looked at me said:
- Mr. X: "now, enough with the 'I will be committed to the project' bullsh, do this damn report, you should have prepared for it months ago!" and left.
All I did, apart biting my tongue, was just a cold "ok". I knew this report had to be done, but had NO idea that was that urgent and covering a huge macro-topic such as A. Four days later I received a poorly put report template and began to work on it for 7 days. As it is clear that he himself made me not stand him, he even does not look me in the eyes when talking to me.
How (or if) can I deal with such kind of unprofessional, irascible person?