I recently got a promotion-We do case reviews for Hip replacement recalls, and the job my immediate group does is (there are three of us) determining whether referrals are valid, and then creating agendas, meeting documents, and presenting the cases at bi weekly meetings. A team of two MDs and an RN determine whether the case will be approved or denied.
The woman I work directly with was responsible for creating the format. Frankly, it seems rather inefficient and very user unfriendly, but I have stayed quiet and just followed the convoluted process. I swear every time I ask her about a process, she shows me a different and even more difficult way to acheive it. She is fond of saying how everything needs to be done YESTERDAY, yet spends half her day on the phone, chatting with a annoying woman who takes 30 minutes to make a two minute point, and just dragging her feet.
She's expressed that the MDs are assholes and constantly tells me how demanding and demeaning they are. I haven't really participated in the meetings yet, but they seem fairly cooperative to me. I would imagine they're assholes because she makes a point to send the final draft of the meetings at the end of the day before the meeting, which means they have to stay up late reviewing and making determinations. We started the Tuesday meeting draft on this past Friday, and only got the first 5 parts done (There are usually eight) because she had to check my work, and took her sweet time doing it. I estimated I could have completed the entire meeting by 2pm at the latest, but I think she does this to control these people because she feels unimportant because she did not achieve the higher education they did.
I have already gotten off to a good start with the more down to earth Doctor, and think I will deal with the older, more set in his ways Doctor fine. The problem is dealing with this sour, negative woman until I get to the point where I have more autonomy over my work. Normally, I would just hand a person like her some rope to hang herself with, but being the new person and still struggling with the process, I have to show that I am competent first, but she seems to have a vested interest in that not happening.
It doesn't seem that she feels her job is threatened, as she was pulled from another position to do this one, and it seems like she would prefer to go back to her old position. I just think she's a controlling jerk, and need to find a way to deal with her until she either leaves the project, or hangs herself.