Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My New Job Sucks!

Where have I been? Inquiring minds want to know. Well the answer is working and unlike my first impression, my new job is not all it's cracked up to be.

First, the money. My paycheck is still being lagged so I am making LESS than I was at the old job despite the fact that my salary is technically more.

Second, the rules. For some reason I am now obligated to tell my receptionist every single time I have to use the bathroom, grab a soda or go to lunch. And when I come back. Despite this, my new boss glares at anyone that dares to leave the office for even a minute. Well not everyone....


Third, the double standards. Due to a weird office layout, dumb luck, or my perceived incompetence, my cubicle is in Siberia. Everyone in Siberia is exiled from the rest of the office where the non-stop office party takes place. They have a fridge, breakfast treats, a couch, chats, etc. But God forbid anyone from Sibera dares to intrude on the fun! Blank stares, dead expressions, the fun literally is frozen if you stop by ("what, do I smell?").

Next up is my "mentor." She sits in the non-stop office party and if she is on the phone and you come by her cube (trekking all the way from Siberia!) she will turn her head the other way and pretend she doesn't realize you are there (never mind the fact that she summoned you). But if she dares come to your cube and YOU are on the phone she will just stare at you until you end the conversation. She comes equipped with such motivational phrases of "I don't know why we do it this way," and "this is good enough I guess."

The last and very best of it all is the Newer Girl! She just started last week and through some freak happenstance (or my percieved incompetence?) she was placed in a cubicle right in the middle of the non-stop office party! No Siberia for her. She gets to hang out on the couch and socialize with everyone else.

The work itself is okay. Just every day is a lesson in humility. I am getting very frustrated and just wish my co-workers had some basic human decency.

I'll try to post more about money tommorow (it's budgeting time again!) but I can't guarantee I'll be in a better mood by then. :-(

7 comments:

Dara said...

I'm so sorry to hear about all the drama at your new job. I hope it gets better. Maybe you can come up with an "allergy" reason to move out of Siberia? Or perhaps you can request to be closer to your mentor?

graduatedlearning said...

Aw, that's rough. I'm afraid that the new girl will trump me as well...she's younger, and likely prettier and smarter...you know, I'm assuming the worst!

Daizy said...

Wow, that's awful. Even the worst jobs, like the one I had scrubbing toilets can be fun if the people are fun, but a fun job can be hell because of the mean people, like my pet store job. I sure hope things change real soon!

Sunflowers said...

Wtf... you have to tell the receptionist when you go to the bathroom?? Can't they just transfer people to voicemail if you're not at your desk? Big brother-ish... geez...

I'm hoping things will get better for you!!

Anonymous said...

I feel for you. And you were so excited to get the job. I once worked in a company with similar "values". Granted, it was an easy job, just data entry and everyone else got chocolate cake and yummy stuff for their birthdays but the other girl and I always got fruit bun or some crap :) We too were sitting in Siberia. On the other side of the partitions from where the "fun" people were. It must be disheartening for you. See how it goes.
Jennifer

Shtinkykat said...

I was wondering where you've been! Never would've thought you were in exile in Siberia. When will management realize that micromanagement of an employee's time only serves to destroy morale? It's amazing how soul crushing it is when the office atmosphere or politics is so toxic.

Nicole said...

You know, this could also be perfect blog fodder (here's to me looking on the bright side). Like you could have a hilarious conversation of the week or something! :^) Hang in there, sounds like you are getting some humor out of it anyway, which is great.