I don’t talk about my job much. I could tell some great stories, but…if my bosses ever found out that I was speaking negatively about my job I could get fired and if reveal confidential information, I break the terms of my confidentiality agreement and I can be sued. So, instead of risking job talk, I talk about J or my dogs or my house or things that happened on the bus.
But today…well, today I’m pissed off so I’m going to talk about my job.
If you’ve been reading a while you probably know that I work as an accountant for a family. My office is very small…just 5 people…and we do all the personal accounting work, like bill paying and financial reporting and tax preparation. There are three siblings and their families who share in our services and even though that doesn’t seem like a lot of people, we are always really, really busy. We are also short staffed…instead of 5 people, there should be 8. Because of the staff shortage, we are even busier than we should be.
Here’s what is currently going on in my office…
The office director has resigned…but he still works here. They are paying him a boatload of money to stay on while they search for and train his replacement. But at this point, he’s basically phoning it in because he’s fed up and no longer cares. I mean…it’s not like they can fire him. I understand his feelings, but it’s frustrating to deal with.
We have been trying to hire three additional people for a long time. The family is extremely selective about who they hire…which is fair since the people who work here have access to all sorts of sensitive information. We’ve actually hired a couple of people who ended up not working out. It’s been very difficult to find people to fill the positions who are competent and will show up regularly…and who aren’t on drugs, apparently. Because of the lack of people, the workload is increased for those of us who are here. It’s also frustrating.
Then we have my hours. When I was hired, it was agreed that I would work 40 hours per week, with an increase to about 45 during tax season. Somewhere along the line, that was increased to 45 hours per week with an increase to 50 during tax season. I have no idea how that happened, but it’s definitely not what I signed up for.
So all of that is really annoying, but here’s what really has me in a snit…
My bosses don’t really believe in flex time and want us all working set hours. We’ve all been sort of pushing the limits of that lately and to keep us all in line, they asked us to formalize our hours a few weeks ago. Because I’m the most senior person here, the director often shares things with me that he probably shouldn’t and he showed me the list of everyone’s hours. Everyone was schedule to work an 8-hour day…except me. I was scheduled for 9 hours. When I asked about that, I was given a half answer that basically boiled down to…they all have kids and I don’t. Such bullshit. Needless to say…I immediately went back to an 8-hour day.
Then yesterday I was given a new piece of information. Of the three people we are currently searching for, one will be hired as a senior accountant…which is the same as my position. And yesterday I found out that person will be paid $15,000-45,000 more than me. I’m angry…but I’m also really insulted. I’ve been here for three years and I know my clients in and out. I’ve basically been operating on my own without any support or help for over a year now. I make what I think is a decent salary, but I had to fight for every raise. And now, someone new is going to waltz in and make more.
I’m so disgruntled. I’ve been looking for a new job, but positions like mine aren’t that easy to find. J says I should just quit. I’m not sure. Any advice is appreciated!