I work for a software product in a software company. It has been more than three months that I joined this company.

In past few release cycles I have struggled due to a learning curve of the product and business domain etc. My manager does not have good feedback about me.

Today a few interns/junior developers have joined the organization and it was an introduction session. My manager introduced me saying,

"He is [My Name], having experience of 7+ years. He keeps working on problems. Problems do not come to him, he actually goes to the problems. Overall a good guy and everybody in my team is."

As a human being I am feeling offended and thinking even if he has any negative feedback about me, he may have discussed this in person with me.

Isn't this a bit unprofessional?

Can you please suggest, should I ignore this and move on or should I report this to the Upper management level to the manager?


I was just surprised the way he introduced very first time with the limitation (maybe a quality as others are evaluating it). Is it normal? Can be my own perception which is negative?

Comments and answers are pushing me to think in a positive way, which is good thing but I need a little bit more time to be convinced.

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    Why do you think this is negative feedback? Can you explain what you find here to be negative?
    – Oded
    Commented Jun 21, 2017 at 13:21
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    That sounds like your manager was complimenting you - you go after problems and tackle them, rather than waiting around for problems to come to you.
    – user45269
    Commented Jun 21, 2017 at 13:22
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    "Problems do not come to him, he actually goes to the problems" => "He is proactive, not reactive"
    – Oded
    Commented Jun 21, 2017 at 13:22
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    How so? It says you go after problems, meaning you seek them out in order to solve them. That's a good thing.
    – Oded
    Commented Jun 21, 2017 at 13:30
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    @Devjosh, I see nothing negative here. He even said "overall a good guy" and then linked you to the team "everybody on my team is." - that means he is saying you are just like his team - good.
    – user45269
    Commented Jun 21, 2017 at 13:31

3 Answers 3


As the comments are showing here, maybe you've misinterpreted what your manager actually meant. You might feel that maybe it's rude to inquire, but honestly the only way to know for certain what your manager meant by his expression would be for you to put your vexation aside and just ask him.

If you were to run to upper management without truly understanding what was expressed, you'd end up looking like an ass. Not worth it. Ask!

  • seems to be the good option to go for. i will try to go 1:1
    – Devjosh
    Commented Jun 21, 2017 at 13:32
  • @Devjosh I agree with this answer; when I read through the quote, my interpretation was "This is someone who is really good at solving problems that are assigned to him, and he seeks out things that he can improve"; When you heard this, did you think it meant that he was saying you had a lot of personal problems that needed work?
    – schizoid04
    Commented Jun 27, 2017 at 17:35
  • @schizoid04 yes, at first but later i concluded that i was taking it in wrong direction.
    – Devjosh
    Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 9:52

Here at the Workplace, we have a rule: "assume good intentions". I think applying it to your manager would be good in this case.

Honestly, I am having a hard time seeing any insult in this. It looks more like he was making a joke in the style of "Chuck Norris Facts"


later, he says that you are a good guy.

where is the insult/ lack of professionalism?


He keeps working on problems. Problems do not come to him, he actually goes to the problems.

He is saying that you are proactive. You deal with problems before they start affecting you. If you are become idle, you search for a problem to fix. I would say that's a positive comment. I would certainly take it as a positive comment.

Taken in the context of the full comment, it looks to me like a very positive comment.

Yes, he should have said in a clearer way. He was probably trying to impress the interns. It looks like he was exaggerating a bit. In other words, he was trying to make you look as a very hard working men in front of the interns. As far as I know, he was trying to paint you in a very good light.

I have seen a couple of similar presentations. They were made half as a joke. However, the meaning was positive. We were being told to respect that worker as a hard-working colleague. The overall tone was very familiar and the manager was exaggerating a bit as a joke.

  • I interpret it exactly the same way.
    – ASA
    Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 10:30

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