This post has been sitting in my draft folder for a few months. I’ve gone back to it. Added stuff. Deleted stuff. Never really thought about actually posting it. But, as I’m sitting here this afternoon binge-eating chocolate & fuming at my boss it just seemed appropriate. I may regret this in the morning.
I’ve been working for my current employer for nearly 8 years. There are some things that annoyed me at the beginning and have festered since then. There are new issues that have popped up recently. These are the
5 Things I Hate About My Job
1. They Think I’m a Secretary
I am the Controller. I manage the largest department in the company. I have a CPA and MBA. In most circles, I am considered a professional, but not here.
Every year on Administrative Professionals Day I am treated to lunch with all the other ladies in the office. Why does this bother me?
Administrative Professionals Day is observed to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals.
Do you see Controller in that description? No? Me either.
2. I Will Never Get Promoted
I have reached the highest position a woman has ever held in the company. The only level above mine is VP and there never has been and likely never will be a female VP (see #1).
3. My 40 hour week has become 70+ hours
One perk, besides the pay, when I took this job was that I worked 40 hours per week. No late nights. No weekends. Even during tax season, when all my friends were burning out, I was leaving the office at 5.
That ended about 3 years ago when business started booming and we were under a hiring freeze. I now work every day from January 2nd until the end of March. The rest of the year I work a leisurely 50 hours per week.
4. They Never Tell Me Anything
I learn more about what our company is doing from reading the paper than I do from my employer. Normally, if a company creates a new subsidiary, the Controller is one of the first to know. Me? I learn after the new subsidiary has done some business and my staff is getting bills for a company they’ve never heard of.
5. This Email
“We have been discussing things and think it is very important that you spend more time in the office while we go through this period of change. It is important for people to see you. You should be in the office every 2nd week, for the full week.”
First, I received this email at 5:35pm on a Friday. Great start to the weekend!
Second, I work remotely. I am currently required to spend 25% of my time in the office. That is one week per month. I leave Sunday so that I am in the office Monday morning. I leave around 3pm Friday so I can make it home late Friday night.
To meet this new requirement, I will have to leave home Sunday and get back home Saturday. That means for every 14-day period, I will spend 7 days at home.
Thanks for letting me vent. I feel much better now. Do you have a similar list?