About two years ago, I quit my job and accepted a position as an administrative assistant in a small manufacturing plant. My new employer wanted someone with an extensive skill set, stating that the position was "extremely challenging and would lead to advancement".
On my first day, it became apparent that I would not have much to do and I would also be working in a small office with only my boss and sometimes alone. I was the first person to hold this new position. After creating the initial spreadsheets he requested, my work pretty much dried up. He instructed me to look for new customers on Google Earth and cold-call them all. I did that for the entire slow season (7 months) and only landed one customer who we subsequently lost. Our product was extremely specialized and required special equipment that is expensive and we did not provide. I hated cold-calling and it was not in my job description. During that time, I usually had less than an hour of other work to do each day. I was so bored it was painful. I was not utilizing any of my skills. I had no coworkers to talk to or work with. I started to stretch the work out to try to make it last longer. But I got caught.
In February, my boss noticed that I had not entered a shipment in the system (yet) and he sent me a scathing email stating that I had no excuse because we were slow. I had not even received the paperwork from the plant for it yet. But I apologized and didn't think much more of it. He followed up with me a few days later stating that if I made these kinds of mistakes, he didn't need me. Soon after, I saw my job posted online. But then the pandemic happened.
My job was removed from the online posting and my boss didn't leave the office from March until June. He then stopped talking to me and took away my responsibilities, except one which required me to make a few entries once a week or so. I sat in silence in the office five feet from my boss for months.
In June, he relisted my job online and began to interview applicants after I left in the evenings. He left the appointment list visible to me. That went on for several more weeks. During this time, I was a nervous wreck. The pandemic was bad enough, but waiting to get fired was too much. I started to make silly mistakes. It had been over one hundred days of the silent treatment and waiting to be rid of this situation forever. Finally, he let me go, stating that he can't trust me in his absence since I make too many mistakes.
Looking back, I realize that this job was a far cry from ideal. I never got a performance review, a raise and my boss never bought me lunch even once. I had no ability to increase my vacation time and the healthcare was terrible. I was never going to advance or even get a raise.
So, why do I feel like such a failure? How do I explain this in a job interview? I know he will not give me a good reference. I feel like this may have been the wrong time to sabotage (by inaction) my job. I also feel personally offended since my boss and I spent so much time working alone together and he never suggested any solutions or gave me any clue that he was unhappy with my work in the prior year and a half. Any suggestions?
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I was put on a client and told to do IT tickets when I do communications in writing about technology and when I said, I need to be removed and placed on another client because this is not a job fit and not what I was told the job would be.
I was removed and benched and now fired.
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Hello I am a fresh graduate industrial engineer, it's been around 3 months since I started my journey to get a job and until now I couldn't get an offer.
What are really the requirements needed in order to get a job? And tbh I am starting to doubt myself.
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Is this a red flag?
I just had a video interview and the gentleman I would be working the most with asked if I was a quick learner. I told him I believe that I am. His response was "I guess everyone needs to say that. I don't like to answer questions more than twice." My response was "Well, it's a good thing I like to take notes" and I showed him my note pad I had been scribbling in since the begining of the interview . We laughed it off but... I'm thinking this might not be the best learning environment.
Some background about the company: it was started in the 90s and the same 6 people who started it are still working there today. Some of their systems are so old that they are no longer supported by the manufacturer. I would be replacing a person who wants to start their retirement.
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Not sure what else I can do..
Just over a year ago I got a new boss. She came in strong and made some changes that a lot were not happy with. She claims to be holding people accountable but she’s really just pointing the finger and persecuting everyone for their mistakes.
There are a lot more details behind the situation that I can’t share but I have made two lengthy complaints to HR and an anonymous report to our ethics board. Going to her boss would mean speaking to the president of the division and I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that.
One of my direct reports has quit because of her and I am also looking for other employment. Several others have stated the same (which was shared with HR). I feel as if I’ve done my due diligence for my team but nothing is being done above me.
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Just need to mildly vent.
I recently lost my contract job and have had to start the applying and interview process again UGH! Anyway, have a second interview with a company for a position that I’m over qualified for and will be making a lot less money. The second interview is where I have to do a presentation followed by questions. Not thrilled by no issues. What I am annoyed with is having to send them my presentation in advanced. I was more prepared to just take over the screen and present. Why do companies feel that they can ask for your work and possibly use a later date. It is bad enough when you are asked questions about a past project that the company may also be considering and want to know your ideas and processes on how you accomplished it. (You see them writing down notes during this specific conversation), and not call you back for the next stage of interview.
So of course going to put in pdf, no notes, and password protect which is about all that can be done.
Just needed to get this off my chest
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I'm going to go a little differently on this.
While I appreciate the employee's personal challenges, you both have roles that need to be performed for the company. I actually am sensing some manipulation by the employee and you stepped straight into it. If she is messaging you on Facebook, that means that you probably added her as a personal friend. It sounds like potential manipulation lured you into blurring boundaries that could set you up for a challenging situation down the road particularly if her performance is not up to par. It is possible to be an empathetic leader while also maintaining appropriate workplace boundaries. Many people today are going through different types of struggles. The balance is in finding humanity while also having realistic expectations of them to perform their role and being clear on the boundaries. It's fantastic the employee is in therapy but therapy is not something to be weaponized for poor performance. Incredibly, there's nothing in this long post about how this employee is actually performing their job. I think more of your time should be spent on helping her achieve career goals versus getting into her personal situation about which you only hear one side. I found that it's best to maintain professional boundaries especially with someone who reports to you. If you decide to be friends after one of you leaves the job, that's completely fine. But while you're on the job, situations like this are fraught with landmines.