- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I originally heard about the company I am at through an acquaintance of my mother. (We will call her Darlene) She was originally looking to hire me as her assistant however the company was in need of a receptionist. I was hired through a temp agency to see how they liked me as their receptionist with the understanding that Darlene could ask me to help with small projects as long as it wasn’t interfering with my receptionist duties. 10 months later the company decided to hire me on as a full time receptionist. They re-evaluated my job description and made it very clear that I was not getting paid to help Darlene with her work and that I do not need to help her if I choose that it is interfering with my work. When I was brought on as a full time employee I was in the middle of wrapping up a few projects with Darlene. Now that all the projects are done I am seriously considering letting my office manager know that I don’t wish to work on any more projects with Darlene. There are many reasons for this decision but mostly it is because I am not getting compensated for the work I am doing for her and she is a very demanding and difficult person to work with. I plan on telling my office manager that it is simply taking too much time away from my receptionist duties.
Is this a good move? Or is it burning bridges? I know that when I leave this job in a few years it would be great to be able to say that I worked on all those projects with Darlene, and I would love a good letter of recommendation from her, but at the same time, I was told by my bosses that I do not have to work with her and that basically I will never get compensated for it and I can’t ask for a raise because of it. Is the experience alone worth the extra work? Will I still be able to ask Darlene for a recommendation letter based on the 1 year of help I have been giving her if I choose not to help from here on out?