I had a boss forbid me from telling a client I was pregnant for fear of them not extending me on a contract. I was nearly 20 weeks pregnant at the time. What about my safety if something happened? He was a huge jerk, and all I wanted to do was to move to a new boss. I tried to talk to him about how much this mandate upset me and was none of his business, and he just hurled insults. I had to report him to HR because his rules were illegal, and nothing happened to him. What a joke. I left soon after. Even during my short-term disability, the company pestered me for documentation and documentation to justify my time away from the job. There are too many other great companies out there--please pass on this one.
I worked as a GBS management consultant (100% travel) for four years. I was frequently the only woman on my team and the only working mother. Departments are highly siloed and networking opportunities limited.
Maternity leave was a mess. My manager had no idea how to go about the paperwork and assuming everything was filled correctly, the processing was a nightmare. I lost my healthcare coverage twice while on leave - once while on paid leave, and again while on unpaid leave. HR also missed two months (8 weeks or 4 paychecks) of my payroll after I returned to work. I was on the phone sorting things out with insurance, hospitals, and the IBM employee hotline every week for the first six months of giving birth. It was an administrative nightmare on top of all the normal stress for new moms, working parents, and consulting professionals.
Job Satisfaction Level
6 paid / 6 unpaid
Senior Consultant, Global Business Services