There is ALOT more to this story. I've been on my job for 4 years. The big boss who I will refer to as Direct A, does not like me. She is the head director of 4 different departments in my office. And her close friend Lady X, who is the supervisor of the department that I was hoping to eventually move into, does not like me either. I also have an immediate supervisor who I get along with pretty well. I've been going back in forth with these two women for the past 2 years. It all started when they found out I was friends with a woman that they both do not like. I had no idea that my friend was enemies with these two women until I moved into her department.
All of our departments work closely together. Our department is the first part of the process then our work goes to the lady X's department for the final part---so our work is checked twice. So whenever my friend or my work goes to Lady X's department she nitpicks everything that we do. This woman is not my direct supervisor, but continually keeps calling me into Director A's office. So hard for me to do my work because I'm obsessively checking everything to make sure I don't give her a reason to call me into her office. But she will make it a point to find something.
My friend left two months ago because it was causing her stress to the point that she started seeing a psychiatrist and had to get on medication. My friend said she just couldn't work in that type of environment anymore and left the government altogether. I'm a good worker. Despite all this going on, I get cash awards because my performance appraisals are always high. Yes I have good benefits and the job is pretty stable but I feel like i'm in a "stable" dead end job. I have no chance of moving up here.
I literally feel like I'm on the verge of a mental breakdown. She called me into this lady's office again yesterday saying that I was not following procedure. I had to remind them that they changed the procedure back in August of last year, I had the emails to prove it. They did not remember any of it. I asked her do I need to get my emails and she said no that's okay. After they were done I just turned and said thank you and walked out the office. It was time for me to leave. I went straight to my car and started crying. I'm so sick of these woman particularly this Lady X--who keeps trying to make me look bad.
I've been trying to get into another agency and I'm having no luck. I keep getting notices that say I'm qualified but I was not referred to the hiring manager. The gov is so competitive. I don't have an advanced degree and then I have to compete with people that get hiring preference--veterans, peace corps, etc. I can't afford to get my masters. I can't risk getting more student loans and still can't find a good job.
I can't imagine working with these two women for another 5 year....not even 1 more year. And they are not going anywhere they both have been there for over 15 years. One of them doesn't even have a degree at all. She was in the gov back in the days when they had the upward mobility programs and would train you. Those days are over in most agencies. So she cracks me up when she says that we can't be trained on new areas or we are not owed a "grade" for years of service.
I feel bad cause my family makes it seem like the Government is where it's at. They all make me feel crazy and say that I'm letting people run me out my job. And If I leave I might never get back in. I am miserable in the federal government . I feel like just leaving an going back to doing nails full time.
I have done everything to get along with these two women. Has anyone dealt with a situation like this?