||[Sep. 30th, 2010|10:21 pm]
This has just been cross posted from the Ladies Loos. I've been fired now, so I'm not really bothered about this being here.|
I work for a company that was voted within the top 15 by 'Times Top 100 Companies to work for' 2009. I am employed as a Marketing Exec.
It's been almost exactly a month since I've been there, and at first, it was great. I'd managed to get myself back into the field of work I was in before the recession, and there seemed to be lots of perks. I'm employed on a temp - perm basis depending on workload, and was very happy with the way things were going as management were pleased, and I was kept busy.
After the first week I noticed I was doing a lot of jobs for the MD. Not to do with work though, but his personal life. Then I was asked to do his wife's work as well. I've still never met her. It got to about week 3 and I realised that asking any questions with the option of MD having to lift a finger is apparently a stupid one. Most recently, he wanted his couch at home to be "fixed". This LITERALLY involved pushing two parts of the sofa together. Not even kidding. He insisted that I get a technician round to his house on a day that his housekeeper is in, so the technician can PUSH IT BACK TOGETHER so he doesn't have to "deal with it". So this is just one of many, many stupid and pointless things I'm doing in work at the moment as well as my actual job. One of the problem's is if it's an MD job, I am expected (I actually have to) drop everything, doesn't matter what, and do it.
I'm working stupid hours to make his personal life slightly more comfortable and it kills me. I was at the pub the other night and had to call France at around 10pm, spending an hour on the phone, to make sure the wine that he bought on holiday was getting shipped over when it wanted it. I'm constantly stressed at work and don't have time to have lunch breaks, then when I get home I'm still thinking and worrying about all the work I have to do, and when I'm asleep I'm dreaming about it. Seriously, the average is around 3 work dreams per week.
In another situation, what I would do is talk to my manager about this.
If any of you have ever seen The Devil Wears Prada, in all serious, it's not far off. She sends me "MD jobs" with a baffling subject, and no content. When I ask WTF that's about, she tells me she "expected me to read her mind". If I ask would MD mind signing something, emailing something, anything really simple and effortless, I just get this look. As in "no, MD is not going to be happy if you ask him to do that." When I first started working there I thought she was joking, but this was proven this week when I was trying to help him with his personal life yet again.
He's got some headphones that need to be returned. They need to be in the box or to be couriered back to the company. I saw MD, and walked over to talk to him about this. I've only ever spoken to him once before, and he was fine then so gave him the benefit of the doubt for now. I asked him if he had the box, he said no. I started to explain that you need the original box, or to have it couriered and was going to ask him if that's OK, when he literally walked away. No apparent reason. Just turned round, and slowly started walking. No words for how incredibly rude that is.
So yes. This is all bad and disappointing. On top if this, there is the awful sexism that is just crushing. Marketing has never employed a male. Marketing is expected to walk around the office offering tea and biscuits occasionally, and beer on a Friday. Marketing is expected to prepare all drinks and such for meetings, and bring them in and put them on the table. I've also found lately that Marketing (or me) is expected to take upper management's cars to get washed without question. I get the feeling upper management is a bit of an 'old boys club', obviously there are no women. The way I am spoken to by them makes me feel stupid, intimidated, and generally like a dogsbody. This is not OK, and makes me desperately miserable, but I currently don't have another option.
If I didn't have to do all of this stupid shit, I'd probably stick with it despite the sexism. My actual work is interesting and I'm learning lots - unfortunately I only do that about 20% of the time. If I was PERMITTED to speak to upper management like normal human beings. For reasons I cannot comprehend they tend to act and are treated like they're some kind of higher beings. I desperately wish I were in the position to say something, but even if I were, when the MD's exactly the same then I don't think there would be much point anyway.
I've been employed continuously for over a year, but they've been temping jobs, and this isn't great for my CV. I can try and get something else, it's just very hard to find the time and energy.
I really needed to rant about this somewhere, because my boyfriend had been getting all the rants lately in bitesized chunks.
This is certainly not what I signed up for.