Change in the House of Flies

Those who know me personally know that I work 2 full-time jobs, and I refer to them as “The Job I Like” and “The Job I Hate”.

The interesting part is that I hold the same position at each job, but they couldn’t be more different. Here are some examples of the differences.

The Job I Like

  • Much better hourly rate of pay, in spite of the fact that I have been at The Job I Like for nearly a year less than The Job I Hate
  • Better benefits
  • Responsive management who engages us as employees, giving us an active role in day-to-day operations, as well as a sense of ownership
  • Yearly performance-based bonus structure
  • Frequent token perks like t-shirts, bags, logo cups, etc. It’s nothing really special, except that it’s nice to see these small tokens of celebration and appreciation from an employer–these perks are always, when distributed, delivered to each department, usually placed in each employee’s working area before their next shift

The Job I Hate

  • Lower pay, with frequent updates informing us how “competitive” they are
  • Severely lacking on the benefit front
  • Management that expects orders to be followed without question while blaming staff for mistakes in those self-same orders–this is not an exagerration or embelishment
    • Note: A new manager was named, skipping the corporate protocol which requires job listings to be posted internally to afford any qualified candidates to apply
  • Promises of bonuses that are never delivered
  • In 5 years, 1 t-shirt was made available for free, to celebrate a new marketing campaign–these were only available during “normal business hours” and only at locations that favored daytime staff while ignoring the entirety of the night shift–and we were scoffed at when we requested they be sent up to individual departments for night staff to receive–this is in spite of only 3 locations–on a first-come/first-served basis

Now, The Job I Hate hasn’t been all bad. I worked with many of the staff members back when I started in my field 18 years ago. The outgoing manager is someone I respect professionally and get along well with personally and professionally, but he was made virtually powerless due to backbiting and power grabs by upper management, administration, and the incoming manager. Yes, it is exactly as drama-filled as it sounds. There are believable allegations of  trading sexual favors for promotions, raises, and other off-the-books “perks”. There have also been some morally questionable and morally bankrupt practices put into place, which makes me question my association with this employer.

The Job I Like is not without its faults. Low level supervisory roles are often filled by unqualified personel, with more emphasis on personality than capability. The supply chain is chaotic, meaning that we often run out of supply stock before we can get anything new in. Management is laid back and trusts the staff to get the job done, but often this is taken a bit too far. Management is often late to relieve the night staff in the morning, is lax on scheduling regular meetings, etc.

No employer is perfect. There are going to be problems no matter where one goes or what one does for work. A lot of the shortcomings, regardless of severity can be mitigated with some good old fashioned respect and consideration.


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