After the director of our film flaked, I decided I should get a real job. I happened to notice that my old employer was hiring, and even though it meant going to SoCal I decided to apply. They seemed happy to have me. Too happy. I ran into one of my old coworkers and told her the department I was interviewing in. She looked at me as if I were insane and asked ‘Why?’ And I heard through the grapevine that the department had a high turnover rate. How bad could it be? I had fun in my old department, and the only problem was the VP (who has been… well, not sent to Coventry; but into a position that traditionally has been the Last Stop). A few weeks ago I heard that ten people left the department at large in June – right after bonuses. Hm. Two people in our own group left recently. One went to ‘pursue another position’ outside of the company (I’ve been told he was quite happy after he gave his notice) and the other just got pissed off and walked. Another coworker told me last week that he’s thinking of leaving after his one-year anniversary in November.
So, issues… Training has been poor. I know TSO, JCL and Easytrieve Plus. But there’s a lot that goes into a project that is very poorly documented. I was not assigned the mentor that I was promised. The workload is extremely heavy, and timelines are short. The stress is getting to me. I was finally assigned a mentor a couple of weeks ago – after nearly four months. The training project was two projects that had similar ship dates, ten revisions to the order between them, and the final information we needed to process did not arrive until yesterday. So less than a day to code the jobs, run them, send them to two QA people, and get them shipped. Not an ideal training situation.
I’ve been working ten to twelve hours a day. I either work through lunch, or grab something from the cafeteria and take it back to my desk. I was in the office from 0745 to 2000 yesterday. Rode 30+ miles home, had to leave for the office again at 2200. Left again at 0215 this morning and got to bed around 0300. And I haven’t heard back from the 2nd QA person. The data must be shipped today. (The requests are at our data facility.) I slept for less than five hours. I don’t have connectivity at my apartment. If something needs to be rerun (which I don’t think – I hope – it doesn’t) I’ll have to make another 66 mile round trip. (Or my mentor may submit it from his home.) I can’t do anything or even tie up the phone until I know the data is shipped.
Training has improved recently. They’re hiring technical writers to document the procedures. We’ve been told it’s okay to push back on the time lines. But I’ve about had it. I don’t mind long hours, but not every day! I don’t like feeling as if I’m going to have a stroke. I don’t like eating fast food, since there’s no time to cook.
And I miss my house. I’d thought I could fly up once a month to hang out for a weekend, leaving from SNA Frday afternoon and coming back Sunday afternoon. That hasn’t happened. I’ve been up once, on the July 4th weekend. My next flight up is in October. You just can’t let a house sit!
My financial situation has improved somewhat. Things were getting a little desperate a couple of years ago, but they’re better now. I have another income that covers the mortgage. I don’t have to keep my job. And I’m seeing more opportunities up north than were being offered before.
The company is a good one to work for. I just don’t like this department, and transfers are not allowed until you’ve been there a year. One guy tried to transfer (he hates his job) and they wouldn’t let him.
So. I can grit my teeth and put up with the long hours and the stress. Or I can see if the situation really does improve as they said it would. (They’re looking for more people, and they promise training will be better.) Or I can quit and hang out in L.A. for a couple of months, and then move back into my house. I feel like this job is killing me. The answer seems obvious. I’ll go into the office on Monday. But if there’s any more drama I’ll offer my resignation; either immediate or with notice, whichever the manager prefers.