(Closed) Getting taken advantage of at work…What to do?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t think you were taken advantage of– you were offered a position at a certain rate with no benefits, and certain duties, and you accepted. There was no formal stipulation that “in X months you WILL be offered a full-time position,” just an informal hint dropped, so while it is extremely frustrating for sure, it’s not exactly unfair.  You have nothing to lose by asking for more money or proper benefits but I would not quit without another job lined up, nor would I threaten to quit if I weren’t given benefits because the company might say “I guess we will have to say goodbye then.”

You can, however, compare your current job duties to what was in the job description when you were interviewed, and request to return to just those duties; however, most companies have a generic clause like “all other tasks as assigned by a supervisor” which can cover these extra work duties.

It’s a sucky situation, for sure, but not at all uncommon in the current economic climate, with companies trying to trim budgets, and even before the economy tanked, in certain industries (like IT and government contracting) very common to hire someone without offering benefits and never convert them to a proper salaried employee.


Post # 4
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ll be honest and say that a lot of companies likes to keep people on as contract employees or “PT” employees rather than making them FT. The issue is that FT employees are expensive. For example, my manager budgets in $100+k per headcount if he wants to hire new people even though he’s not paying them anywhere near $100k. This takes into account health insurance, benefits, 401k matching, disability insurance, life insurance, EDD, etc. So with this in mind, it doesn’t surprise me that HR isn’t doing FT hiring. Our department, for example, asked for extra headcount and we were denied although we were given a generous amount in our budget to hire outside vendors to do the same thing. The theory is that it’s still cheaper in the long run in the event that next year, we won’t need these services anymore but we are stuck with employees that are now considered unnecessary. You can let go of a contract employee/vendor at any time but it’s a lot more of a hassle letting go of a salaried FT employee.

Post # 5
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@fishbone:  I agree.  OP – you took this job knowing it had no benefits, had the pay you are still getting, and had no guarentee of FT status.  Sure – it can’t hurt to ask to be converted to a full-time employee but I can’t agree with quitting (especially without another job lined up) if the company can’t or won’t fulfill that request.

Post # 6
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would schedule an appointment with your manager and say something like, “I have really enjoyed working here for the past nine months and was wondering if there is any room for advancement.”  Something like that. 

Post # 7
206 posts
Helper bee

@peachacid:  This exactly.

OP: Request a meeting with your supervisor and ask. If they say no, or string you along, find another job with what you (don’t settle for less) and quit.

Post # 8
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with everyone else here.

I was hired at my job as an intern, with hopes of being hired on. The project had almost no money at the time, so I knew it wasn’t likely at first. You know what I did? I worked really hard (like you) and I made it KNOWN that I wanted to stay, and I wanted to either be paid more, or be full-time (preferably full-time, though, since that included benefits).

I talked to my direct lead, as well as the project lead, for a few months about this. I must’ve sounded like a broken record, but everyone said the same thing – they won’t think about it unless you ask. Otherwise, how are they supposed to know how you’re feeling and what hardships you’re going through? The worst they can say is ‘No’.

I was an intern for 7 months (doing lead work, half the time), but that’s just the way it is sometimes. I have no been here for 2.5 years, and I make a really decent salary (considering what I do). I will say – I was very lucky, and I was one of the last people hired on as a full-time employee, and not just contracted until the end of the project. 

Just thought I’d share my story. 🙂

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