Post # 1
I was hired on as the temporary receptionist at my current job which means no benefits, no sick days, no paid time off, etc. It was insinuated when I started that I would be hired on as a full time employee if they liked me. Its been 9 months, management is constantly commending me for a job well done but no one has mentioned a raise or the possiblity of hiring me on as an employee.
I have been providing full admin support to 70 employees-booking hotels, arranging for conferences, assiting the marketing director with special tasks, data entry, managing calendars for the entire office,making catering orders/coordinating with different venues for company events, on top of all the normal receptionist duties.
I’m beggining to wonder if I’m being taken advantage of. I am getting paid what a receptonist who sits and the desk and answers the phone would get paid and I feel that without benefits the hourly rate I’m getting is not fair. I have been told by HR that they don’t want to hire anymore staff on as full time-benefit employees.
Can this be right? I feel like I was bamboozled & I should either ask for a raise and to be hired on as a full time employee with benefits OR i should quit.
What do you think? What would you do?
Post # 3
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
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
@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
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
@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
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. 🙂
Post # 9
its just annoying because i see how much money our company is wasting on things like “wednesday pizza lunch” which can sometimes cost $400 and my co-workers are getting $7000 bonuses and then I’m over here doing the same ammount of work getting paid a shitty hourly wage with no benefits