- 5 years ago
I had a job working for a pretty big company with branches in different fields and small plants. Recently I was “asked” to resign. And I’m pretty sure I was set up to look like I wasn’t worth working for the company.
I won’t be mentioning any names or locations so sorry if the story gets hard to follow!
I was an an admin assistant and I started working for one of the plants last April. It was GREAT, from the people (mostly guys because it was an engineering/industrial place), my manager and my work. While it definitely wasn’t a position I felt met my full potential, I enjoyed it because I wasn’t just sitting next to a file cabinet all day. I was actually allowed to do some “light” data entry and travel to help out with recruiting.
Fast forward to 4 months ahead. The plant was getting low on funding so I was relocated to another plant a short distance away but within the same company. This place was more women and therefore extremely snarky and gossipy (it’s in a small, everyone-knows-everyone town, so if you’re an outsider you’re the target for grown-up bullying) but I still made good friends. The manager here was actually the old manager of the one I had at the plant I started with. She was so strange… she would brag that her assistant was a star but then sounded jealous that she was chosen to become a training manager at the HQ of this company (I probably would be too, she was 28 with a PHR and this manager was middle-aged and clearly set in stone at this place). And MAN, considering she was an HR manager, she could NOT keep her mouth shut when it came to gossiping about people getting fired, etc.
This plant treated me like a typical intern, and mind you, this was a a full-time position and not an internship. I did NOTHING compared to my work at the old plant but I still did everything with a smile on my face. I drove people covered in dirt in my light-interior car two towns over for random drug testing with no gas money compensation and never EVER complained. And maybe my lack of complaints then is what is making all of it come out now? Lol anyway… Whenever I was done with my work I did everything I could to keep myself busy. The managers were extremely elitist and 2 of them didn’t even have college degrees; I mentioned this before, this is a big time company and when you apply for an entry level they require you to have a Bachelors so how do you think other employees felt working under a manager with no education?
2 weeks before “my” request to resign the managers I didn’t work for decided, “Hey, wanna help out? Here, do this quality and engineering work and it’s due in 2 days”. Mind you, I’m NOT an engineer and they all knew that. And I am very adamant on doing my work correctly so of course I was asking other people for their input on what to do. The day I was asked to resign my HR manager saw me walking by her office and said “You know what… I don’t think this is for you. *Hug*… you need to leave tomorrow.” I asked if I could have at least one more week just to get my stuff together and apparently, the deadline for me to leave was that very next day. Ironic, since we had this discussion about 2 hours before the end of the day, was she just planning to call me 7am the next day to tell me not to come in?
I was previously told that the politics with this plant (not the company) were extremely corrupt but I didn’t want to believe it. My manager even offered to serve as a reference and to help me find a job. I email her every week and I haven’t gotten a response, I call her phone and it goes straight to voicemail (the way that you know your call was getting through and the person on the other side presses a button to make the ringing stop). I seriously feel like those last two weeks were used to just make me look bad so they would have a reason to make me leave. The more I think about it, the more the pieces are fitting into place.
I hope no one has dealt with this kind of crap either, but if anyone has, I’d like to know what you did. If I didn’t have bills to cover then honestly I couldn’t have cared less about having to leave this place.