Monday, July 19, 2010

A Moment To Complain

It has become obvious to me my time has come to move on from PHONECO so i will be looking.  I have often griped on the blog about this or that and certain things which torqued me, but I have been loyal to the company and done what was asked of me.

I cannot say that any longer.

The final straw began when I was moved into a temporary assignment and asked to cover a product I hadn't worked on for two years to help out as they were losing one of their support guys.  I immediately agreed and was enjoying myself fairly well. Until the second support guy turned in his notice to leave.  This group only had four people, so I thought it over and decided to apply for the open position.  My thinking was to get more Microsoft experience under my belt and not be so pigeon holed.

Long story short, I was given the position with a title change, but no money.  The money didn't bother me too bad as I understood things are tight, but since I have been screwed before by a title change with no money, I know that the money will not come later.  I respectfully asked for my title to remain the same.

I was denied.

Apparently management fought so hard for me to get money that the offer of a new title was all they could get and since they made such a huge fuss they don't want to go to the big boss and tell him that this underling is willing to do whatever for the exact same pay and title.  I guess I can understand that, but a snazzy title doesn't pay the bills.

Next up we were told we had to participate in mandatory vacation and take every Friday off to burn vacation hours off the books.  This is an accounting trick to free up cash as that way they don't have to show as much money on the ledger for the half.  I was moderately irritated but the family and I were taking vacation in August, so I wasn't exceptionally worried and actually was looking forward to the long weekends.

Well, apparently even though everyone was told to take off, tech support has to cover for all the days, plus after hours support.  This resulted in my vacation getting screwed so the family is now no longer taking a road trip for the vacation.  This is minor compared to two of my co workers as one has been out of the country for a month and has to take off still and the other who is going out of the country later in the year and also has to take off.  Obviously they don't have enough hours to cover this and management gives a big shrug of the shoulders to that with an "I don't know," when they are asked how they will handle that.

The last thing which set me off was me finding a write up over the weekend talking about how our sales are up 24% from last year.

I have the offer letter sitting on my desk.  I'm sure I will sign it as I will do what I have to do to take care of my kids, but I'll be damned if I will forgive them for this one.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is definitely time to consider your options when getting up to go to work each morning is getting too hard. Been there, done that.

Life is too short and family is too precious to stay under the black cloud (obviously assuming that the alternative isn't clearly worse).

My humble suggestion, do what is best for you and your family. No one at PHONECO (who can actually change the situation) is lying awake at night, worrying about you and yours.

- A voice from the north