I work as a Lead Engineer and Individual Contributor on a project. Our team consists of an Engineering Manager, a Program Manager, and other engineers. After being with the organization for 7 months, I've noticed an unhealthy culture within the team, particularly related to the behavior of the Engineering Manager.
During our daily standups, which regularly exceed an hour, the Engineering Manager adopts an investigative approach. If a Jira ticket isn't picked up within the first week of the sprint, he starts questioning why it hasn't been addressed, even when the developer assures him that they will handle it soon. He also insists on receiving daily updates on the ticket, which can be interpreted as a lack of trust.
On multiple occasions, the manager has openly admitted to being harsh on me to set an example for the rest of the team. Additionally, he expects me to handle tasks such as providing release plans, coordinating with the team for successful releases, and taking on an overwhelming workload of 16 story points for a 2-week sprint.
When I explained to him that this workload, along with the planning responsibilities, would impact the sprint's deliverables, he disagreed and insisted that I should be able to handle both because of my role as a Principal Engineer. Furthermore, he consistently criticizes my performance in front of the team, which creates a negative atmosphere.
When I addressed my concern about receiving feedback in front of the team, expressing that it feels disrespectful to me, the manager dismissed my request and stated that he is just doing his job and will continue pushing me and asking questions.
Additionally, the Engineering Manager has mentioned that he expects us to work for 15 hours on the project, which contradicts the desire for work-life balance expressed by the extended team in other locations. This expectation puts undue pressure on the team and further contributes to the unhealthy atmosphere within our working environment.
I would appreciate guidance on how to handle this situation and bring attention to the manager's behavior with senior management. The atmosphere he creates within the team is unhealthy, and it seems like he uses status updates on tickets as a means to harass people.