I’m going to have to find one of those places that will let me connect with whoever I was in my past life. Apparently I have some wrongs to right, because Karma is kicking my butt right now.
This isn’t our first rodeo with the place Jake works. Two years ago, he was employed there for two months and fell victim to the lay-offs. However, his experience was such that as soon as job openings started appearing on the website, he started applying. After six months, he was called in for an interview.
He was informed that as long as he passed a physical and a background check, he was hired. After five weeks, the background check was done, and he was given a start date-a Monday. However, the Thursday before his start date, he was contacted and told that a mistake was made, that too many people had been hired and he would have to wait. No date could be given. He pointed out that since he had been hired and given a start date, he had quit his job. He was told that was too bad, and to call back in a week. He called back in a week, and he was told to call back in five days. He called back, and was told to call back in two days. He called back, and was given a new start date three weeks later than the original one had been.
The first four days of his employment went as expected-training and orientation and such. On the fifth day, he was told that there aren’t actually any openings for the position he was hired for, and he will be working for what is essentially a custodial department for at least twelve weeks. The custodial department a)gets paid less than the job he was hired for and b)doesn’t have the schedule that we anticipated.
So, now Jake is living in a hotel. A really nasty, gross hotel. He is working as more or less a janitor (which obviously isn’t a bad thing, but he was NOT hired for this position, he was hired for a very different position). We were expecting him to have this week, and then going to an every other week schedule. They won’t tell him anything about company housing-whether or not it is available or anything period about housing. Gah.
I am so, so over this. This place has jerked us around so much in the past month and a half or so. It seemed like such a great opportunity, security, insurance, long term career prospects. It is just heartbreaking to have things turn out this way. We had such high hopes.
I don’t even want to add up the amount of money this stupid job has cost us between the lost salary when they goofed the start date, and the extra living expenses, and gas and blah blah blah blah. It is more than he’s earned so far, that’s for sure.
How much more of this can we take? I’m thinking not a heck of a lot more.
Update: Everything worked out and has turned out even better than we could have hoped.