Continuing on with the story, my boss worked at the corporate office, so he didn't actual work at the facility I was working at. While I was at the facility, the Plant Manager was my boss. My true boss had an assistant at the corporate office. For a week, the assistant came down to the facility I worked at, and spent time working with me. Previous visits from him had gone great, and I learned a lot from him. I enjoyed his company and he taught me a lot of things about the job. He came down to my facility for a week because the Vice President of Operations had assigned him to come down and help me work through a problem the facility was having.
When the Vice President of Operations asks you to do something, it's probably a good idea to do it. There was a lot of pressure to get results, and the assistant to my boss knew that. The assistant had a reputation for being mean and he liked to use the term "aggressive". This was aggressive in way that'll make people hate you, not aggressive in the "go-getter" kind of way. During this week, the assistant starting being more aggressive towards me. Towards the end of the week, I was tired of him, and he even yelled at me at one point. I had never been yelled at while being at work, nor had even come close to a verbal counseling or warning.
Feeling tired of him being around, I went to a meeting just to get some distance from him. When I came back after the meeting, he said "did you read (Boss's name) email?". I thought he was referring to a previous e-mail saying that I shouldn't be going to meetings, and that sole focus that week needed to be on the project (Again, I was getting burnt out and frustrated, so going to the meeting was actually productive in my mind). I thought the assistant was going to yell at me again. I read the e-mail, and it was an announcement from our boss saying he had taken a different job.
Right then and there, I knew that the assistant would apply for the boss's job, and that could start the chain of events, or the dominoes, that could end up with me getting promoted.
- Warning Sign #2 - My co-worker, the assistant, had a chance of becoming my new boss. This assistant was someone I was growing to not like, and was starting to feel intimidated by (intimidated in a bad way - like bullying/threatening/power intimidating).