I started a new job and have been here 6 mos. and it is truly hell. When I came in for the interview, I was told to ask for one person and was never notified that it was a panel interview with 6 ppl (board directors, county officials, and sr. level leadership). But okay, the interview went well. I received an offer rather quickly and was told I needed to make a decision within 24 hrs. All of this should have made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, but I ignored my inner voice and proceeded on. When I asked why the position was available, I was told simply that the previous person had moved on and was looking for more growth. That was the furthest thing from the truth. They answered my remaining questions and were very friendly and sent me detailed information about health benefits, etc. Despite these things, it seemed like an opportunity to get into the nonprofit/gov. industry (I just changed career fields), so I accepted. Huge mistake. A few days before I started the position, I still didn't have a start time and they had pushed my start date out 6 wks. so that I would start in the beginning of the year. I had to call the supervisor to find out what time I should show up on Monday. I chalked it up to him being really busy and that it was just some oversight. So my first day, I meet with my supervisor who tells me that one of my staff members isn't happy there and is looking for a job due to the pay. Then I'm told we need so contact the auditors and start the audit process. I asked during the interview, what major projects would I be responsible for in the first 30 days, the first 90 days. Never once did they mention the audit or having to fill a position because an employee was leaving. I also found out that another staff member had only been there 6 mos. so I needed to continue to train her. We embark on the audit and I'm the point of contact to the auditors, but my boss is nowhere to be found. I can't answer all of their questions because I wasn't there the prior year so the support was lacking. I then find out that he doesn't like the auditors and that there were all sorts of problems the year before w/ the same firm. Then I get hit with several other projects with little to no detail and no resources or support. When I ask questions, people are reluctant to provide any info or assistance. I soon learn that the person who had previously been in the position, had been w/ the co. a year and was treated the same way and decided to leave. So much for just wanting more growth! She was probably just as burned out and frustrated as I feel. During my time here, not only has there been a lack of support, communication, and honesty, but the staff are unmotivated and negative all the time. My boss yells, cusses, and does the most and not in a helpful way. His behavior is unprofessional to say the least and hostile and intimidating at best. I consider it a good day if I don't feel like crying, hiding, or vomiting at some point in the day. Most of the staff yell at one another and are angry all the time. It's nothing to walk into a meeting and have someone get yelled in front of everyone or find yourself on the receiving end of an attack. I've started job searching, but I'm not sure how to handle questions like why are you looking for a job? Why did you leave your last position? And how to explain only being here for such a short amount of time? Do I leave this position off my resume and just explain the gap in employment? Please help w/ any recommendations. And just to note, I spoke w/ HR about the hostility and just trying to get some clarity on the situation, and I was basically told they're aware of the behaviors. HR has encountered the behavior themselves and my boss has had several coachings about his management "style", and they are sorry that I'm experiencing all of this, but that was it. Nothing more said or done so this definitely isn't for me and I don't fit into and don't want to fit into this type of culture.
Browse recent posts
I have been interviewing since April.
I am working but I am making about $15,000 less then I was.
I have been over-qualified for positions but I am not getting hired.
Now, not sure if it is my age, I am 60 but look 50. Truly do!! Been blessed.
I think I blow it in the interview. I get very nervous for some reason. I don't know what I am doing wrong! You would think after all the interviews I would feel comfortable or used to them.
Does anyone have any hints for interviewing? All of mine have been over Zoom or Teams. Thank you!
1 Like • 1 Comment
I made a small error at work.
No harm was done. I placed a message that a patient needed blood work on the wrong chart. This was questioned by my manager. Upon reviewing the chart, I realized my error and the patient never had the blood work done.
I am concerned this could become a written warning. If it is a written warning I plan to request it be a teachable moment instead of a warning since no harm was done. Any other advice on how to handle this?
My manager who spoke to me about this issue has made two huge mistakes that I am aware of. If this becomes a written warning should I question if her errors were also written warnings?
1 Like • 12 Comments
Can I even negotiate pay at this point?
I entered into an interview process after knowing their comp range which was below what I desired. When they asked if the salary range would work for me, I said it was below my desired range but am interested in learning more. I thought perhaps learning the total comp package would make it better but it didn't. For reference, this is a very large private university, not a small business. After learning more about the role, it's clear that the responsibilities are way higher than the title calls for (I'm very confident of this). This role title would be a "step down" for me but the responsibilities match, or perhaps exceed, my current role.
It's a new role they created and frankly, I'm not sure they know exactly what they want/need. I honestly don't know how many folks would do that job with those responsibilities for that price. It seems like an easy "PASS" and move on but I met the whole team and they are so wonderful.
Here I am at the job offer; can I even negotiate a higher salary considering they told me salary is $XYZ - $XYZ? If so... how? What the heck do I say? This people-pleasing gal is stumped.
1 Like • 2 Comments
I am on my way into maternity leave (29 weeks) and don't want to return to my job. I want to start a new job after my leave. How common is this? Does anyone else have any experience with this?
2 Likes • 5 Comments
An employee's spouse has previously fought and kicked cancer's butt. Unfortunately, it has returned for the 3rd time. I'd love to hear some ways on how to offer support to this family through an employer, aside from a meal train. Thanks in advance!
1 Like • 6 Comments
a relocated for a job in July, everything was going well. I started to really love my job for the first time and was going over and beyond. Covering managers shifts day and night and more.. never gotten a written up or anything. They fired me without any reasons all they said was you’re not the right fit for us we will have to part ways. I told them they had me relocate for this job and now you want to tell me I’m not the right fit.
I had to break my lease to my apartment and move with my parents. But I am so traumatized. I don’t think I ever would like to work another 9-5