I am an accounting manager. At the end of last year, my old boss (Ben, our SVP of accounting) resigned. I now report to Matt (our head of operations), who in turn reports to Steve (our partner). When Ben resigned, I had a meeting with all three of them. Ben had giving me a glowing recommendation, so they wanted me to take a larger role (which I have) and eventually move me up. After Ben left, I report to Matt (who has no accounting/finance background). Steve, the partner, had another Accounting SVP help out (let’s call him Rick).
I have continued to do my job and take on more assignments. However, I am having issues with Rick. Anytime I ask him to look at something, he doesn’t get back to me in a reasonable timeframe. Often, I just have to tell him, I am moving on without his feedback so that we can meet a deadline. I have talked with my new boss, Matt, and he has noticed the same issue as well, and in talking to others, who work with Rick, they have encountered the same problem. When I do have a chance to talk with Rick or get feedback from him, it is many times unhelpful, or he goes on a tangent. I have talked with Rick on the timeliness issue, and he has made promises to look at something by a certain time and proceeded to miss that deadline. I feel Rick only gets involved when he want to be involved/thinks it’s important.
I have asked our partner, Steve, about Rick’s and my role within our division. Steve has said that he wants Rick to provide “guidance”. Someone else asked this similar question in a meeting, and Steve again used the word “guidance” to describe it. I tried to get Steve to clarify “guidance”, and he said that Rick knows people and what they expect.
My question for you is, what is my role and Rick’s role (I report to Matt not him)? What do you think Steve meant by “guidance”? And what should I do about Rick’s slowness?
If I had to guess, I think they want to move me up and take over from where Ben left, but they think it’s a little early, and they want Rick to make sure stuff is getting done well until they are more certain. However, if Rick really doesn’t have the time to provide feedback, I’m not getting any good “guidance”. I feel like I should talk with my new boss, Matt, who agrees on this issue, and eventually Steve about it again, but I feel the only long term solution is to push Rick out of our division (but don't want to overplay my hand if I'm wrong). At the same time, I don’t want to push someone under a bus, but to be honest, I really don’t need Rick that much.
(Sorry for the long post. All names have been changed.)