- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I am an IT Specialist at a medical facility. There is one other IT specialist (he works at the hospital that is part of our company) and an IT Administrator, let’s call him Jim, in the same company. I was hired on in Sept. 2012. In my interview I was very upfront with the fact that I come from a web design background, and I don’t know networking, servers, or anything of the like. They understood, and they said it was something Jim would teach me.
Jim was helpful from Sept. until after Thanksgiving. Suddenly wouldn’t respond back to my e-mails, my phone call cries for help, nothing. Many times I would go to my direct supervisor (she is a clinical staff member, not an IT staff member), and she would address my concerns with the CEO, but he would just get a light slap on the wrist, be good for a week or two, and then turn sour again. If he didn’t help me, I would just go ahead and do what I felt was the right way of going about it because, as I will explain below, it is important for my co-workers to respect me in the workplace, and I want to do what I can to help. He would then call, text, e-mail, whatever and chew my ass out for doing it wrong or doing it differently, but he would never educate me on how I could do it his way.
In the meantime, I really strived to educate myself in other areas of the company rather than the server and hardware aspects because he would ignore me and push me to the side and just take care of it himself. I was no longer allowed to touch certain peices of equipment. Not because I did anything wrong, but because he wanted to be in complete control. I took to learning the medical side of my job, and I have been excelling ever since. I am a valuable asset to the company and to the employees, and I work really hard at creating and maintaining relationships with my co-workers.
So I’ve been dealing with this for a while. I went on maternity leave at the end of March this year. During that time, Jim, who was covering my position, changed EVERYTHING. I knew he was going to because I was gone, and I couldn’t cry wolf to the supervisor. In short, he is a major control freak and powermonger. I do not exaggerate. When I came back, I lost probably close to 70% of my administrator privileges and rights, and I couldn’t do a lot of what I could before such as give people access to shared folders or even install a damn update. It was ridiculous. He told me he wanted me focusing on the medical software side of the job instead, and he would handle the hardware/server/networking side. Ok.
Long story short, shit hit the fan because Jim was expecting me to still do everything, but not educating me on any of it or giving me access to what I needed, he and my supervisor had it out, and he decided to start having classes for me to get certified in CompTIA A+. Here is where my issue is. I work 8-5 at this job. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30-4:30 he is going to hold these classes for both me and the other IT Specialist. The first class was today, and while he was actually decent to work with on it, he gave me 68 pages worth of “homework” to read.
Here are my issues:
1) I will get certified in CompTIA A+, but I have not been promised a raise or any other incentive for completing it.
2) Even if I complete this certification, which is teaching me NOTHING as to the nature of my current work now that he’s taken away all my rights, he doesn’t plan even after this certification to allow me to work with servers or anything of the hardware anyway!
3) And this is the biggest one…I am all for learning and bettering myself, but I don’t think I should have to read 68 pages of material and have “homework” on my personal time without getting paid. That is time away from my 5 month old son and husband. I get up at 6, work 8-5, come home, eat supper, go to the gym, give my son a bath and put him to bed, and if I am lucky I have an hour and a half that I get to spend relaxing with my husband.
Had I wanted to be an expert in servers, I would have went to school for it, but I didn’t. Had taking courses and certifications been part of my job responsibilities, I would expect to get paid for them, and I would expect that to be listed in my job duties when I was hired. I expected to be taught things that would pertain to the nature of my work, and I cannot justify learning all of this and reading material on my personal time and not getting paid and especially since Jim doesn’t want me focusing on the server/networking side anyway anymore.
After talking it over with DH, he absolutely thinks I should be paid for the time I spend on this certification outside of work. I’d like to know what everyone else thinks and how I go about asking my supervisor for that. I have never asked for a raise in my life, and I am kind of nervous to do so. I love my job, and I don’t want to make waves or cause problems, but I want to ensure this is fair.
I’d love to get both, but at the very least if I can’t have a raise I expect to get paid for the time I spend on the reading material outside of work on my own personal time.