Soupy Sales meets Fight Club
May 10, 2010 7:39 AM Subscribe
We are all so demoralized that if we don't get new jobs soon we're going to bring cream pies to work and run amuck throwing them at people as part of a massive collective nervous breakdown.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm part of a team of business analysts in what could be loosely described as a finance company, although that's not precisely what we do. The learning curve for our job is extremely long. We have to be prepared to come in on our weekends twice a month if required, and we work all holidays and weekends in a shift setup. Because of this scheduling process, poor pay and extraordinary levels of stress, we have obviously have trouble attracting people. At one point the job was an excellent launch pad to other opportunities in my global company but that has changed dramatically in recent years.
In the last six years no one from my team has been promoted or gotten an internal transfer, although the rest of our department has received multiple promotions in the same span. We have all repeatedly applied for internal jobs for which we are very well qualified and none of us have gotten anywhere. The fact that all twenty of us are unable to transfer tends in my mind to eliminate poor interviewing or skills as a factor in our stagnation. As far as leaving to go somewhere else, it's such a specialized job it's hard to convince people in other companies that the skills transfer even if specialized job knowledge does not. But believe me, we are trying.
Management has taken to writing the equivalent of signing statements on our yearly appraisals; statements that do not affect our raises but look extremely bad when the appraisal is provided to prospective internal bosses. They also make a point of making us all sound bad when speaking to anyone outside of our team. I'd like to forestall the immediate retort that we are probably just bad employees by saying that this is not true, even by their own admission. We consistently produce outstanding results which are acknowledged throughout the organization... as our bosses' achievements. This makes their reluctance to let any of us go understandable, if still terrible.
Morale is absolutely through the floorboards.
All of this is to ask this. Are there actually bosses somewhere who care about their employees and their morale, who do not verbally abuse their employees and then say bluntly that we should be happy we're still employed? Are there any ways to tell a prospective internal boss that we prefer our current boss not be contacted, or is there no option, as I suspect, but to continue to look elsewhere?