- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I need advice.
I just started working for a company that is affiliated with a VERY prestigious university. I sit at the front desk and do normal “receptionist” stuff — answer phones, sort mail, file, order office supplies, and help whoever needs it with whatever they need (as long as it’s not a specialty project, of course, like designing or creating programs).
My supervisor was an AWESOME woman who was the CEO’s assistant. She put in her 2 weeks notice because he is impossible to work with and after only 6 months, she’d had enough. And everyone at the office says that 6 months is a long time for him to hold onto an assistant. Her last day was this past week and now her job has fallen to me.
I. am. panicking. To say the least. He is SO intimidating and demanding. NO ONE can please him, everyone says so. And our company is hosting the President of a small, Russian republic in 2 weeks and ALL of the planning has fallen to me. I’m freaking out.
Everything I’ve done for him so far, I’ve screwed up somehow. No matter how much I concentrate or take my time, it’s just never right. And he’s just so . . . cryptic!
I know that this is only temporary, and they are interviewing replacements for my supervisor, but ugh. I am so stressed out already and it’s only been 2 days!
My 90 day review is at the beginning of Sept. Normally my supervisor would do it, but now the CEO has to do it!
Besides panicking, I am actually really mad and irritated. Before my supervisor put in her notice, I LOVED my job. Yes, it had its own stressors, but nothing I couldn’t handle. And everyone was SUPER complimentary and said I was doing such a great job and was such a great help.
Now I’m a mess. I took a “front desk receptionist” position in order to limit my stress and make sure I didn’t have massive amounts of overtime like I did at my last few jobs. I’m planning a wedding and buying a house so I really need to keep work and my personal life seperate. But if I’m stuck being forced to be this jerk CEO’s minion that is totally NOT what I signed up for!!! And I would STILL love my job if I didn’t have to work directly with the CEO.
I’ve spoken with HR and she’s assured me that this will only be temporary. But it’s still stressing me out. I’m petrified that he’s going to fire me before they can hire someone to replace my supervisor. Or that I’m going to royally screw up the visit from this president guy.
God. I feel like that girl in The Devil Wears Prada.