- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2010
I work in customer support / project management for a startup company in the SF Bay Area. My co-workers are awesome, I have a short commute, and I make decent money. The problem is that the company leadership/management/communication is absolutely terrible. Our CEO has major temper/anger issues. Our Chief Technology Officer is very old fashioned and stubborn, and as a result our product is outdated, bug-ridden, and really just not all that user friendly. In addition, we’re expected to work craaaazy hours. We all work more than 50 hours/week, and we’re salaried, so no OT. Some of my teammates work 60-70; I’ve been able to keep it to 50-55 so far, but our workload is picking up pretty quickly so that won’t last long. I’ve gotten to a point where I just can’t handle the stress or workload much longer.
I’ve talked to my manager, who works 14-16 hours/day on average himself, and while he’s completely understanding he’s not really able to do anything due to office politics. I asked him for comp time for any time worked in excess of 50 hours/week, and he politely said no (that it’s not in his control, but that he already has addressed with the CEO and that he didn’t approve.)
I found out yesterday (by contacting the department of labor after getting a “no” on comp time) that we should technically be hourly employees, and that the company is probably in major violation by having us designated as exempt. I have the option to file a claim with the department of labor and potentially get past OT and future OT for anything beyond 40 hours, but I really don’t want to go down that route.
I have four months until our wedding. My FI has a good, stable job, and is willing to support me in my employment decisions. I have thought about leaving the position, and looking for something that is a better fit. I’d actually like to go back to school for a masters in September 2011. Money-wise, we’d be ok on one income, but it would be tough. I don’t mind making less money if it means a more positive environment. I have been applying but due to having very limited time haven’t had much luck with job searching. I hate to be greedy and know that I should just be happy to have a job in this terrible economy, but I can’t seem to find a way to not let this job drain the life out of me.
What would you guys do in this situation? Any older bees have a previous experience like this? Any advice you can offer is greatly appreciated. 🙂