I recently joined a biotech company with < 300 employees. They make drugs and are interested in bioinformatics and DNA sequencing. It's a peculiar situation.
Popularity: I have dozens of deliverables in the queue, and I don't have any team to help me. I am currently wearing many hats: 1. developing pipelines for sequencing 2. developing ad hoc tools for my colleagues 3. training some colleagues on Unix & command line tools 4. advising sales and marketing for anything and everything related to bioinformatics and sequencing, internally and customer-facing 5. developing a database for mining internal and external datasets of interest
Every single senior manager is very excited about bioinformatics, and I keep getting pulled aside being told that I am very valuable and that I will soon be a team leader and the head of bioinformatics. People ask me for advise on bioinformatics and then they go to other meetings, repeat what I said and take credit.
Politics: However, it's been more than 6 months and until now I only saw discussions and politics. Lots of politics. At the same time, I have no support from IT and getting the hardware I need has the same priority of anything else.
Manager: In theory I have a manager acting as a filter and prioritising my work, but in practice he's struggling to avoid being redundant: he asks to meet me before bigger meetings, he asks me technical questions and then repeats my answers to stakeholders in front of me, showing expertise which I just provided... and if I antagonise him, I will be more or less floating in a pool of greedy stakeholders.
The worst part is that every time I speak to some manager I feel like a device to advance other people's careers.
My question is: is this normal/common/expected in a growing company, or is this uncommonly dysfunctional and it would be better to quit?