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May 18, 2012 7:54 PM Subscribe
I got moved to a new department at work-- only to find out I'm working harder and with less of a break for the same pay. I feel I'm getting punished for being a good worker. How do I civilly and professionally tell my boss this without being canned?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A couple weeks back I landed myself a summer job. My boyfriend has been working for the company for almost 3 months now and he seems to enjoy it-- I figured I would, too. They hire in groups and they've been hiring a lot lately. I applied and was hired on nearly immediately. I passed their "technical test" which means I was eligible for their testing position (which pays $10.00/hour). They apparently didn't have that position available because I was only offered packaging despite passing the test. At first, I was doing "packaging" work, or rather, taking electronics that had been repaired or otherwise approved for resale, cleaning them and then putting them in bags/boxes. Easy work but tiring. I quickly "moved up the ranks" and was 2nd to 4th in the production rates within the first few days.
Then a couple days ago, our general manager pulled me aside and said he's noticed my high production levels and said that I was the best candidate for a new position that opened up and that I would report to the "camera department" the next day. Given the fact that he was impressed with my skills, I assumed that I was getting a better position with at least better pay-- boy, was I wrong.
The last couple of days have been hell. The breaks (including lunch) in the other department were 15 minutes with 30 minutes for lunch. Now, I get a 10 minute break (and might I say, given security checks and long hallways, it takes me 7 minutes just to leave the building) and 25 minutes for lunch. I also found out earlier today that I'm not getting any kind of pay raise... and the work? Much harder and much more demanding both physically and mentally. The job is repairing broken cameras.... which involves taking them apart, removing the broken parts and replacing them. I get shocked at least once on every camera I take apart. We're expected to repair or break down 46 cameras a day. I was given a very shitty look from the HR lady for simply ASKING if I was supposed to be getting paid more per hour for working in repair.
How can I handle this without seeming like a "whiner"? Is there a professional way to talk to the boss about it? The other job had better breaks and easier work for the same pay. How is this fair? Is this really that common?