I have been with my firm (financial sector - private equity) for over 5 years and built great working relationships with senior level partners as their senior executive assistant. I often worked with other teams and worked on projects outside of my administrative role. The team recognized that and promoted me as an analyst prior to me going out on maternity leave. I was excited and flattered at the promotion and looked forward to learning and taking on new tasks. However, since returning from leave in the past 9 mths I have been struggling in my new role to meet the demands, and I am receiving little to no support from my new direct report. I was never given any training to go along with my many new responsibilities and when I ask for help or direction I am often met with a figure it out attitude or “I cannot hold your hand” sentiment. I have tried to relay that my background was in administrative support so I lack basic understanding and knowledge in a lot of key areas needed in my new role. I have been really pushing myself often working 12+ hours daily and even on the weekends trying to figure out how to do my job or to just try and keep up with the demands of the position and when I express that again I’m just told it is the nature of the job and part of my responsibility. It does not help that our team is understaffed in my opinion with no sign of expansion in the near future as well as the fact my direct report is one of the only senior minority women in our firm. As a minority women myself I’m almost reluctant to relay my issues or complain. I love the firm and many of the leadership and do not want to leave but I’m feeling extremely burnt out and do not know what to do.
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How do you tactfully ask for more money?
Nobody said anything about the amount of my raise. I just saw the difference in my paycheck. Yes, it fell in their corporate standard 3-5% but I expected more.
Since August additional responsibilities have been added not directly related to the job I was hired to do. My role is sort of a combination of customer service and account manager, processing orders and customer communications, being their advocate.
The first area added was compliance. This is handling reporting of things like conflict minerals, REACH, RoHS, PFAS, NIST, etc. The person who handled this before was terminated so I had no training. To do this I've been taking the historical records and making the rest of the process up as each request comes along. There's nobody else that can do the whole thing.
I did get trained on the second area, creating and closing jobs, before the previous person retired. The Master Scheduler drops the details into the log and I create the job, printing all the associated paperwork for the floor. (He handles some job creating himself as well.) When the jobs are completed, the paperwork is returned to me. I verify everything has been filled out and chase people down to complete it if it hasn't.
There are other responsibilities that I now have as well but they don't really take up much time to complete. The compliance and job processing duties combined are probably a half a person amount of work. I rarely take a lunch break anymore (I eat but continue working). I wasn't expecting my salary to double or anything like that (a dream) but I still expected more.
How would you approach your manager in this situation?
PS I also have to ask where my back pay is since the raise was supposed to happen in December. They pushed the process to February so all salaried employees are done at the same time.
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Several websites for job searching will only let you view to a certain point without asking for you to review your previous and/or current employers.
How do you do this honestly without burning bridges?
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When the culture of a company systemically negatively impacts the mental health of the people who work there, that’s a toxic work environment.
Even if upper management itself isn’t malicious, if the culture they’ve created allows bullies/narcissists to make everyone around them miserable because upper management looks the other way, that’s a systemic issue.
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I was employed while job hunting.
I have completed the interview process at one company and am waiting on an offer (or not, however it goes). Since completing the interview process this past Tuesday, I was let go from my current job. I know it’s going to come up in the background check, so what should I say to the recruiter if they call with an offer? I was thinking: “I can start on Monday March 11, as, due to unforeseen circumstances, I was laid off on March 1.”
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I was the chief CO of a Bank in wealth management.
this job made me sick. I resigned after 2 years of hard work, no recognition and mistreatment. Now, I am over 50 years old and it is really hard to find a new job. Nobody wants to hire employees over 50? 55? And the experience? I hear often that resigning / leaving shows no stability … and why this? Someone shall stay somewhere to suffer? Getting ill? Only youngsters with low salary… and the idea is to work until 67 in Switzerland… who will hire the elderly? What a fake working condition! I am desperate …
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i am recent graduate , looking for a job ..i have 9 months experience as SWE intern.
Struggling to find a job if any could refer me it would be really great.