I was working on a team with people with various employment statuses. Contractors, employees of the client, and me as a regular full time employee of the company that “owned” the contract. My HR manager gave us a presentation about our reporting structure. I had at least seven managers for different reasons across various projects.

I got a new position so needed to resign but I had no idea which managers were the ones I should notify. I looked at the org chart that the HR lady showed. I sent my resignation to five managers that would be affected by my leaving. Unknown to me my project manager was actually a contracting manager hired by the client. He let his employer, the client, know that the lead dev quit.
Apparently it destabilized the contract for my employer. If I hadn’t just issued resignation they would have fired me for telling a customer about a significant internal staffing change. They didn’t fire me because the optics would have been worse for them.

  • 7
    If you have seven managers, you have none.
    Chose one and stick to only using that as information relay for informing the other N managers, that somehow feel like they need to keep informed about your work.
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    @Oktokolo The stupidity of that situation was 11/10.

    The company hired a lot of contractors. They also started hiring full time employees but didn’t manage them like employees and instead treated them like contractors.

    The key difference is the employees got to maintain the project after the contractors left. The employees were getting paid less. The employees had to use a Windows computer that was locked down by IT. There were only drawbacks to being an employee. I felt like I was getting the worst deal as an employee. That is a big reason that I left.
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