My employer is a disaster, which makes bailing hard. What do I do?
June 20, 2010 2:08 PM Subscribe
My employer, a small web design and software business, is hovering on the edge of insolvency and is also dangerously incompetent in a few other ways. What do I do?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
During the last three days of this work week, I experienced the following things:
1. My most recent paycheck from my employer bounced.
2. We, the staff, were informed that every one would be taking a 20% pay cut across the board.
3. My coworker, whose child support payments are withheld from his paychecks automatically and sent to his child's mother by our employer, told me that they frequently miss several of those payments in a row and then send a large check for the past few months. I guess it's better than just not paying, but the child's mother is unemployed and needs that money, so this strikes me as reprehensible behavior.
4. Office rumor has it that the owner/R&D manager and the president, a husband and wife team, don't actually draw a salary and instead use the business credit card for their personal expenses. This supposedly explains why, a few weeks ago, our checks were delayed in coming by about a week and a half, as they put in a new floor in their house. This is a huge accusation that needs substantiation of some kind in my mind, but it fits with their general mode of operation. My boss, the head of R&D, was formerly in charge of sales, and his sales technique basically consisted of egregious lies and empty promises; the biggest example of this, something they did before I started working there and that I wish I'd heard about, was that they rebranded Wordpress and claimed it as their own in-house, proprietary CMS.
So this place is clearly a disaster. They seemed great when I started after graduating in December, and I was hoping to work here for about a year and get some experience as a Java and PHP programmer to make up for the fact that I've only got a CS Minor and not a major. Now I'm not sure what to do. All signs point to leaving but I had a pretty difficult time getting a job in the first place -- I live in the sort of city where temp jobs as a PHP or Java programmer are nearly non-existent, and the people with full-time positions are usually interested in somebody with much more experience than I have. I don't know how I'd represent the last three months on my resume. Another complicating factor is that my coworkers want to splinter off and form their own company and take a lot of the software we've worked on with us -- we never signed any sort of contract, so they're convinced that we'll be in the clear. It seems like sticky territory to me, but I'm also just not interested in devoting my free time to that enterprise -- their plan is to keep working at my company until either the paychecks stop rolling in or the other business is off the ground.
So, this is my predicament. Any advice would be appreciated. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd rather not post a reply here or if you need more information.