Competition and Technical Writers
It is true that competition among employees is high in software companies. This fact also works out to be true in the case of technical writing teams also. But when the competition gets unhealthy and dirty, the going gets tough and the project suffers.
In an environment where the competition is unhealthy, people try all tricks up their sleeve to survive. Remember that we are living in uncertain times fuelled by recession. Apart from gossiping and backstabbing, people try to outsmart others for survival. You will be intimidated, ridiculed, threatened, and even challenged to complete your assignments. To survive or to gain positions, people will throw away all professionalism to the winds. A few project managers do encourage gossiping and favouritism to keep things in control.
As a technical writer, do not believe that your job ends with meeting deadlines and delivering quality deliverables. More often than not, you must have adequate fire-fighting skills to survive in an organization.
Remaining neutral is a recessive trait and it will not pay much dividends. You need to do a bit of fire-fighting and “polytricks” to save the day for you. You should know how to call a spade a spade. Smart people might gain things in the short term, but the day of reckoning will come when they will have to pay for their deeds. You can wait for that day.