(Closed) I hate my new job so much, I cry almost every day?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this increased stress and unexpected hours. Do you consider your previous boss a mentor who you could meet with privately for advice? Since this individual knows you well, I wonder if they could advise you in how to move forward.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

How far into the 1 year are you? You have a few previous posts about difficulty finding a full time job, so I would not quit without securing other employment first. if you think this job is so unbearable that you can’t stick out the rest of the year, start looking for a job elsewhere. 

Post # 5
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Newbee

I’m sorry to hear you’re not enjoying your new job. Did you sign a contract upon taking the position? If so, were requirements such as late night calls and 24 hour on call weeks listed in the contract? If so, then it is one of those things you will have to suck up and tolerate or quit. However, if those things were not mentioned in the contract, you might have some legal standing grounds as all those hours and awkward shifts do sound excessive.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’m so sorry that you are in this situation! I have not been in the same position, but when I was on clinicals with the commute and 14 hour work days I ended up with 16 hour days M-F, plus my part-time job on the weekends. I was able to push through because I knew it was only 9 weeks long and obviously it was required for my program, but it hit me hard. I personally cannot imagine doing a schedule like that for an entire year. Please just think of your mental and physical health. Financial stability is extremely important- so maybe consider finding something new (if possible). But above all you need to stay sane and healthy. I would also confide in a close mentor to provide advice as well. Good luck and take care of yourself! 

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 

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beach_lover89 : I don’t live in the USA, but I do know you have employment legislation as we do in Canada. Not all salaried positions are exempt from overtime. I suggest you review the pertinent federal and state legislation. Perhaps if they have to pay you overtime rates for all those hours, they may suddenly not require such onerous work hours.

“Is there a limit to how many hours I can be required to work?”

Overtime Pay: 80% of American Employees are Entitled. Are you?

I would phone the state and federal department of labor (or equivalent).

ETA I see you have already consulted with an employment lawyer. Did you ask about overtime? Or , just if they can make you work those extended hours?

Post # 9
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Newbee

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beach_lover89 :  I don’t understand that. If you accepted a job that was described as 40 hours a week then you should not be expected to do anymore. Obviously, if you do more then you should get payed more but if you only wish to work 40 hours a week then you should be able to as that is what was stated in the contract. Maybe, it varies from state to state. But in my state you are only required to do as much as the contract states, if you do anymore a new contract should be written up. 

ETA: I just re-read you said ‘offer letter’. Did you sign any contract though? 

Post # 11
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Newbee

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beach_lover89 :  now that makes it difficult. “Standard work hours” vary between companies and fields of work. I can’t really give you anymore advice, but maybe the links Julies1949 posted will be of some help

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Don’t take the advice from Bees if you have an employment lawyer. However, go back to that lawyer and ask if you are properly classified as exempt. A lot of IT people aren’t, especially in CA where I suspect you live. That said, I don’t know a single adult with a salaried job who only works 40 hours. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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beach_lover89 :  Look for another job asap

Post # 14
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Helper bee

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beach_lover89 :  Good god. You sound like you work at Amazon. I hope you don’t work at Amazon. In the very small chance it is Amazon, leave, 100% leave. Even if you find a new team, it’s not worth your health trying to stick it out for a year. There are tons of other companies to work for. Don’t waste a year getting burnt out and resenting work and letting it affect your personal life. Trust me, it took 3 years of therapy before I left a toxic job. 

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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beach_lover89 :  how about your colleagues? Are they nice and fun to work with? Sometimes a not so wonderful job can be offset by wonderful people.

I would not quit. If you had a big unemployment gap before and struggled to find a job I think it would be smart to suck it up for a bit. May be keep an eye open for openings which the same company? Switching departments can be easier and will look less bad on your CV.

In terms of hours, I can assure you, you will get used to that. As an investment banker my hours run between 60-110h a week. It was really difficult at first, but you get used to that! Try to relax on the weekend (I normally get 1 day off a week), and don’t try to do many things during the week!

 

ETA: My contract also says 40h and bankers obviously don’t get overtime. I wish we did, I would get paid so much 😉

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