Aug 29, 2011

Good Riddance!


Some of my enthralled fans long time readers may recall me sporadically mentioning my second job (unaffectionately called J2). I started working for J2 a year ago. Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?



I applied for a job on craigslist. Note to self: Employers who advertise on craigslist are usually cheapskates (don't want to pay for advertising) and are probably undesireable places to work. I digress. I applied, interviewed and was hired on the spot for the wage I quoted.

I was hired to work 8-12 hours a week. I ended up working 16-20 hours a week, while working 32 hours at J1 -and- going to school. I managed to get the books caught up as much as possible considering the "bosses" were never there to answer questions, or refused to inept at using email or pen and paper in response to my emails. I pretty much came to the conclusion: "If they're not going to take responsibility, I can only do so much."

This was last July. By November, I was sooooo ready to resign. In addition to the aforementioned making it difficult to do my job, you can read about the profanity and scantily clad women HERE. I sucked it up and convinced myself to hold out until something better came along.

Next thing I know it's May and still no luck in finding another part-time gig. Everything previously mentioned had not changed. It became a running joke between the BF, BFF, and I as to how many minutes I would be at work before I heard the F-bomb. LOL

I did not know when I was hired how BAD the company was financially. The VP claimed it was due to another company not paying them for a subcontract job they did. I have to disagree since J2 owes their suppliers wayyyyyy more than this company owed. Anywho, in May liquid crap stuff started hitting the fan. First it was direct deposit payroll... All of a sudden, they decided to no longer do direct deposit. Then it was the IRA contributions... no more. That part didn't affect me because I was part time. Since it was part of my job, I DID ensure those contributions were paid until the cease date. Then... we didn't know from week to week whether we were getting paychecks! Ack! You can read more about that HERE.

Let's mosey on to July of this year, shall we? By this time, J2's bank had cut them off. They had maxed out their almost million dollar line of credit, were overdrawn on both the operating and payroll checking accounts, and couldn't make the loan payments. The whole time they were whining complaining about how it's the bank's fault! Whaaat?


Then the brilliant idea was hatched. I think perhaps they tipped a few too many at the pub one night. Start a new company! Then file for bankruptcy with the old one. Read all about it HERE. You really can't get the full effect unless you read it.


Then things really started getting exciting! The PM of the old company (now a partner in the new company) was insisting that the new company be run like a company should be. The bosses of the old company wanted to play "business like always", which is why they were in the predicament they were in with the old company. Btw, did I mention their father owned a company that filed for bankruptcy a decade previous? And they had another company that filed the big "B" about 6 years ago. Do ya see a trend here?? Anywho, the owners of J2 (who were Dad and Uncle of the other partner of the new company) really had the intention of using the PM as a "face" to the new company so that suppliers and potential jobs didn't know who the company really was.

Almost one month to the day of starting the new company, it got to the point where there was no communication between the PM, his partner, or the bosses at J2. The PM quit - I'd like to think he said "F-this! I'm not putting my home on the line for this." He was gone within the week. The bosses at J2 were reportedly telling people the PM was fired. The secretary said it was a lie... She heard him quit. Next thing we know, there's a new PM. Ironically, he was on lay-off from the aforementioned company that owed J2 money, LOL.


By the middle of August, the secretary quit. Afterall, they DID tell her to seek other opportunities. She is a single mom, so I really don't blame her.


Are ya still with me? Riveting, I know! Almost like a soap opera, isn't it?

Last week, I saw that the son of the bosses (Yes, the last remaining partner of the newly formed maybe defunct company) was trying to do J2's payroll. Incredulously I asked, "Are you doing payroll?" As he fumbled around, I could clearly see he was having trouble. I informed him that I knew how to do payroll. The VP (who hired me to do that stuff), looks at me and says, "You do? Huh." All I could think was "O-M-G!". I told them I would do payroll and did.



This past Wednesday, I had to call J2 whereby I found out they hired another secretary/office girl/whatever title they came up with. So, this is TWO office girls they've hired and neglected chose not to tell me! So, Friday rolls around. Just call me Girl Friday because that's the day I go in to make sure the books are in order, to do tax returns, and union reports, close out month end, etc... since they decided the last secretary could do the other things I did. Now they've hired a new one...

I get there on Friday and introduce myself. She starts complaining about the lack of training. It was all I could do to not say something sarcastic about training to laugh or smirk. I proceeded to tell her that when I started a year ago, I had to pretty much figure it out on my own. I asked her where she worked before and she started bragging about how she had an "accounting background" because she worked in the office of the country club. Oh really? OK. She proceeded to ask what I did at J2... THEN says, "Well, later I'll watch over your shoulder to see what you do." I thought to myself, "The H-ell you will." She also admitted she had no payroll experience other than submitting hours to ADP. So, I showed her how to do payroll. Rather than doing it herself, she had me do it and watched. Usually not a good way of learning, but hey... Who am I to argue?

Let's skip along to when the bosses finally show up, OK? Both were in an office and I asked if they had a minute -and- I closed the door. Very diplomatically, I said: "Now that you've hired someone with accounting experience, what are your long term plans for my position?" I totally caught them off guard! The VP (the guy who hired me, remember?) stammered and could hardly look at me, kept mumbling "I don't know." The president told me that they were looking at getting an investor and he had 5-6 accountants of his own, yadda, yadda, yadda. He eventually said, "Probably 2 weeks to month"

Oh really, and at WHAT POINT were you going to spring this on me? AFTER I train the new girl? I didn't say that, but it's what I was thinking. Talk about an insult to the intelligence! Did I mention the president also said, "We'd understand if another opportunity came up". Sound familiar? It should -- it's basically what they told the secretary. Oh, and did I mention they told me they were starting *another* company (a THIRD one!) if this new investor gets onboard. Again, my guess is the new investor will be the "face" of the company so no one will know who's really involved.

Oky doky. For those who don't know me, I can be pretty good at hiding my emotions. Where as most people would've said "F-You" and stormed out, I calmly went through my day. I finished up payroll (and added the hours I planned on working that day). They signed the paychecks, not even questioning or noticing that my paycheck was twice the normal amount. Two days worth instead of one. I knew if I didn't add my last day's hours to the previous week's, I'd never get paid for it. I closed out the books for the month I was working on, and proceeded to do most of the next. I cleaned everything up and left a note as to how far I got.


The whole day I was fuming inside... not so much about getting let go, I'd been expecting that... it was more about the fact that they *thought* they were going to use me and then lay me off.



Now remember how I said I was ready to resign November of last year? Really, I was. I had a resignation letter ready to go, saved on my desktop at home. On my lunch hour Friday, I went home and got that resignation letter. I put a copy in my employee file. I worked until 5pm, set the alarm, and locked up like I always did. I promptly drove to the post office, put the key in with the resignation letter and mailed it.

I'm sure they've gotten it by now. I did apologize in my resignation letter. "I apologize for the lack of 2-week notice, but due to circumstances beyond my control my resignation is effective immediately." There were many "circumstances" beyond my control that went through my brain... none of which I could state in a letter, though. LOL

Like my coworker at J1 said: Yes, I need the money but I also need my sanity, too. There was too much drama, unprofessionalism, and unethical things going on at J2. Then to insult my intelligence.


Buh-bye!

34 comments:

Mary said...

Good for you!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm proud of you, Meari! I think I would have lost it and told them off! LOL You'll find something better....I'm sure of it! :-)))

Robin from Erie, PA/USA

valerie said...

Geez...what drama! Sometimes you just have to let it go and find something better. Good luck!

Gabi said...

Thank god you're out of there. That's not a company that's a set of corrupt morons.
You deserve better then that!!! I found it pretty upsetting to read that and felt myself getting really mad. But I love the way you handled it.

Claudette497 said...

Yay! I'm so glad you were able to leave with your self-respect and sense of humor in one piece. I hope something else comes up soon.

Shelley said...

Good Riddance Indeed!! I am so happy to hear that you finally got away from J2. What a bogus waste of your time. Although you needed the money it was totally not worth your brain cells!!

You go girl :)

octoberlace said...

Meari, I totally empathize with you! Without getting into details, big companies can be just as bad as the small ones, so be careful before accepting a new J2. Best of luck, Theresa

Vicky said...

Awesome, you will not regret the decision!

Robin said...

Good for you. I doubt I would have lasted as long as you. Sounds like just when you think you've seen everything, something crazier would happen.

Carol said...

You are well rid of that bunch, Meari!! I know something deserving of you and your many talents will come your way...

Sparkles 'n' Stitching said...

Sounds like you did the right thing at just the right time... I dont think i could have lasted as long as you did though. I hope you find something to replace it soon

Sunshine said...

You Go Girl! I bat you feel better already!

Berly said...

You will be sooooo much better off without them, Meari! Yahoo!!!

Mary Ivancicts said...

Geez, what a job...Good for you getting out of there!

Pam said...

Honestly I don't know how you lasted as long as you did with them. You have waaaaaaaay more tenasity than I do. I would have been screaming 'stick this job where the sun don't shine' long before you did with your very tasteful letter of resignation.. Good for you. I'm happy that that particular chapter is finally over for you. Time to move onto bigger and much better things.
Pam

Emily in NC said...

Geesh don't they sound like a smart bunch. Hope you can find something, well, more normal.

Akila said...

Really appreciate you for putting up with them for as long as you did!!!
Definitely good riddance. Good for you

Pam in IL said...

Too much drama in one's life is bad for one's health! Glad that you remained professional and left on your own terms. Now you can take a deep breath, put J2 behind you and focus on your schooling, J1 and STITCHING!

meli.mrtz said...

Good for you! Sounds like I had a job just like yours. At least you have that weight off of your shoulders, and not have to stress over other people's BS. :)

Anonymous said...

Good job!!!! You lasted longer than I would have that's for sure. Hope you find something soon that is just up your alley & one in which you will be appreciated for your hard work.
Betty in AZ

Anonymous said...

OMG! Your blog is hysterical! I could completely relate - been there/done that. I agree with co-worker at J2 - sanity is priceless. I really think you should look from some sort of writing job - you had me cracking up.

Just remember - when one door closes, another one opens.

Sue in WA :)

Kay said...

What a long year you have had with this second job. You did the right thing though and the way you handled it shows you have class!

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Wow, how unprofessional that place is/was!!! Best thing to get out of there before you lose your sanity!

Kate said...

You did the best you could in that job and now it is time to move on. Good luck finding a better position.

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Lol what fun reading.

Anonymous said...

That was a great update. You use such great cartoons and graphics. I am sorry you had to quit. I hope you find something else soon.

Tina

Sue said...

YOU GO GIRL~~~~!!

Hugs,
Sue

Linda said...

Ok, I read through it...I think it is too easy for companies to pull a chapter 7 (or 11, never remember which it is) and continue on. Then to use you to train another...amazing the gall. Glad you are out of it, and you'll find another if you need to; of that I am sure. You are to be commended for taking the high road, you never know when burning a bridge will come back to haunt you, so good for you! Not sure if I could have done it with such decorum.
The bird: I don't know Meari, sounds weird to me. Paint a bullseye on your wall and see how many times she hits it I guess.
Take care!!!!
Linda in TX

EvalinaMaria said...

You did the right thing, girl! Why it took so long? I can take much but I can't stand lack of ethics.

Nancy M said...

I didn't think you ever liked that place so I'm sure it's a load off your mind now. Are you going to Deborah's this month??

Nancy in IL said...

It took me a while to get through but was well worth the read. I had put it off for a while when I had some time. Incredible and funny too! I enjoyed the entire thing but can't believe there are companies out there who operate this way! How can they stay in business??? You definitely handled it with class like the person you are. I'm so proud of you and so glad I know you!

Anonymous said...

Good for you!!! I would be very afraid to deal with the accounting in such a
company.

Jackie in PA

Patches said...

good riddance for sure

Anonymous said...

holy crap! I worked at a place very similar to that....

You will never regret leaving!!!

glenda