Ant in a kid's school project
Manager (Former Employee) – Doha – October 8, 2018
Working in Qatar Airways is like being an ant in the ant farm school project of a 10 year old brat (think Sid in Toy Story 1).
You’re trying to build your hill like a good professional ant in spite of being thrown in a sandpit arena. While you busy yourself, tons of debris are thrown at you to make your path an ordeal. Sometimes a flood levels everything back to the primitive ages.
At random moments some your fellow ants are set on fire, crushed, or meet an equally brutal end – usually the ones who work in the same direction than you.
Whenever you try building or shaping something that makes sense, little burning sticks appear all around you and threaten to kill you if you continue. If you escape, your work is burnt down. Suicide is the alternative option.
After a while you realize the safest is to stay underground, run in circles and move stuff from A to B while other ants carry it from B to A, endlessly.
You finally get the revelation that no one cares about what you do – as long as you pretend to be busy (preferably by making other ants’ life difficult) within your non-negotiable working hours, you’re good. Of course you have to give up any idea of achievement, self-development, success, etc.
None of this makes sense to you, little disposable ant, and so has your life become: senseless. Welcome to Qatar Airways.
Blame culture, policies and procedures designed to fire staff, employees treated like replaceable objects.