After 35 years of working at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 58-year-old Michael Stuban felt it was time for him to retire. Before he left, however, the mid-level manager decided to vent out some of his thoughts and feelings regarding his bosses — and he made sure everybody read it.
Using the exit survey, a standard questionnaire for those leaving their jobs in the U.S., Stuban unleashed a no holds barred critique of the alleged poor management of his bosses who ran a commission that operates a toll highway.
He then forwarded to the firm’s more than 2,000 employees by ticking the ‘reply all’ button after filling out the questionnaire, reported Philly.com.
Stuban’s savage evaluation of how his bosses ran things at the Commission accused the higher managers of “only looking out for themselves” and operating a “rudderless” agency that hires incompetent staff based only on political connections.
In an interview with The Inquirer Daily News, he claimed that relatives of high-ranking officials and politicians were given jobs regardless of their qualifications.
“They hire a lot of people that are dumb as rocks,” he was quoted as saying.
He explained in the survey that while he liked his job and preferred to stay longer, he felt that the last five years had been “terrible,” and the workers have already lost morale.
“Giving us classes where we are being told we are not political. That’s bulls-,” he wrote.
“Jobs/Promotions are filled by the politicians, it’s who you know, not what you know. Positions created for people who are not qualified.”
His outpouring of thoughts did get some replies.
“Want to get away? Southwest is offering great fares…,” one employee responded jokingly, also hitting “reply all”
Stuban’s email also got a “reply all” response from one of the commission’s chairman and former state senator Sean Logan.
“Mr. Stuban . . . I don’t believe we ever met, and after reading your Exit Questionnaire, I am grateful that we didn’t,” Logan wrote.
The Commission, he further stated, “couldn’t be to [sic] bad of a place considering you stayed for 35 years. Best of luck in your retirement”.
“When they asked for an honest exit interview, I gave them one,” Stuban was quoted as saying.
Stuban was informed about Logan’s frigid response by his colleagues who had read the thread.
“He did miss the point,” Stuban said. “If it was an effective company and someone told you there are problems and no morale, you don’t have to believe me, but maybe someone should check into it.”
In a separate interview, Logan dished out at the retiree, calling his actions “disingenuous” and “inappropriate.” The chairman noted that he had never heard of any dissatisfaction from his employees before.
“If he really wanted to be constructive with his criticisms and suggestions, there’s a whole other way to do it,” he said.
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