Work Confessions

  • I'm a young engineer who landed a great job with a a huge company. Feeling disheartened because engineering isn't satisfying me. Maybe care-giving careers are better suited for women? I have no female engineer role models. Don't know how to switch out of engineering after accumulating school debt or how to face my family if I did. And if I do switch out, am I just perpetuating the gender gap in stem? :(

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  • I was laid off last year after being overworked and underpaid for almost 6 years at a company where there were only 2 role options: management or non-management. Management roles meant a "whopping" $4k raise to triple your workload and stress. Being laid off was the best thing to happen to me. It gave me time to get my financial, health, and spiritual houses in order. It also lowered my stress to the point where my husband and I are now expecting.

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  • My ex boss was not supportive when I had a chronic health issue after 3 years & had to take intermittent FMLA due to being incapacitated many mornings. She said my colleagues could help with my (2 person) workload since we were a team and denied my WFH request. They were free b/c they handled their own clients; team expectation was to assist anyone's client. The same boss commented that I needed to do my own work & penalized me on my review. I resolved issues for all team clients. Not anymore.

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  • I was working at a healthcare company made up of about 90% women. The first team I was on, one of my female coworkers befriended me and would talk to me and go back to my boss (also female) and tell her my business and twist the truth about my work. I moved on to another department in the same company and the catty women were way worse. They would steal my ideas, come near me and whisper things and snicker among each other. They worked hard to destroy my character in the company.

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  • I also had a queen bee problem. My manager could never find an issue with my work, so she called me out on minor administrative thing. I always felt like she was out to get me. It got so bad, my husband said, "Just quit!" when he got tired of seeing me cry because I felt like I couldn't do anything right. Many people, including two women who'd had the same experience on her team, told me she was jealous that I was asked by many across the company to help with other projects.

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