I just started at this company as an interior designer. The work and pay is gonna be great and I can't wait to get out of training. I have over 2 years of experience in this exact field and that's why they hired me. I have two main supervisors, who are both co-owners. It's a small company, so it kind of needs to be a happy family. Here's the problems... My third, so far unofficial supervisor, who is the lead designer and was actually the only designer until I showed up along with someone else, is really hard on me. It's noticeable when all three of us sit together. She'll quiz me on something, and as I work towards the answer with a lengthy response, she'll interrupt and say "no that's not it" even though the final answer actually is. She's rude and condescending when I ask questions, acting as if my question confuses her, even though it doesn't confuse my co-worker, who actually chimes in and wonders the same thing, and generally tells me to forget about it and do it her way. Again, this is a sharp contrast from how she treats the other woman I work with. I shadowed her on a design consultation and almost got fired the next day because the owner must've heard all the negative and none of the positive. He heard about how I used her calculator for a quick equation (OMG, I touched her calculator) and made a small comment to the client when I was sposed to be silent. He heard about how I wanted to be fulltime instead of parttime, yet the designer worded it as if I was resentful and competitive of everyone for not getting FT. He must've heard everything that I said to her that could've been construed as derogative to my job. And the worst part is, she's nice to in front of me most of the time. It's basically a trap where she gets down to earth and personal so I'll open up and then uses everything I say against me later, and it's fucked up. I'm still at the company. I climbed out of the grave I dug with her and am on good standing with the owners. The problem is, I think she's gonna take whatever chance she can get to make me look bad to them. I'm completely on guard when I talk to her, to the point of being afraid of her. I shadowed her for the second time today and am honestly nervous about tomorrow. I asked her, after we said goodbye to the client, how I did and she looked confused and said fine, we'll talk about it later. I can only imagine what she might use against me this time. It's like she's not ready yet and is working her way into it. Another problem is that she'll eventually be my boss. That's not cool, especially if she has any kind of pull with how many consults I get a week. She could easily phase me out. If I had kind of pull or neutral ground with the owners, I'd verbally put her in her place. I'd confront her about whatever bullshit she said to them. But I'm the new guy and I can't. Again, this is a small company, and tension like this wouldn't be good for the "family." The only decent argument I have with the owner is that, "If she's like this to the new hires, what's she gonna be like in the future to other new hires as this company grows?" I need this job, but it's gonna be scary for the next week or two until I get out of training and am mostly on my own. The only thing someone said so far that seems logical is that she's intimidated by my outgoing confidence, which seems about right. I think she might consider me to be "competition" since I will be digging in to her visits. Any advice? Right now, I'm completely on guard with her.