- 12 months ago
I recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in accounting December and started my first job as a financial analyst about two weeks ago. After nearly two months of job searching with no luck this job came very quickly. I applied on a Sunday night, I was called the next morning for a interview, interviewed Tuesday morning and recieved the job offer later that afternoon. It’s average pay for an entry level and 5 minutes from home so i felt it was a good fit an accepted.
Ever since the first day I’ve felt off about the whole place and people but I get pretty severe anxiety so I don’t know if I’m overthinking it. I’ve worked since I was 16, I’m almost 22 so I’ve gotten some experience adjusting to different workplaces including an office environment.
Starting with HR orientation they made it pretty clear and even repeated multiple times that “the CEOs don’t like people taking too much time off” so sick days go unpaid, unless you are out sick for 3 consecutive days and then only the third day is paid and if so you must bring in a doctors note. I’ve never heard of a policy like this but I guess it’s common? On my third day I was having lunch with my supervisor and I mentioned I was engaged and getting married at the end of May of 2020, she then seemed annoyed and said “oh well that’s our busy season, are you planning on taking a honeymoon?”, that comment threw me off and sounded quite rude. Now word has spread of this in my department and I’ve gotten quite a few “remarks” about it, and again I haven’t even been here a month.
Now this is where I’m starting to feel overwhelmed. The job is hourly, 8:30 to 5pm with a 30 minute unpaid break, totaling 40 hours a week (pretty standard). In my interview they mentioned from the beginning of April to mid May is busy season and I may be required to work a couple saturdays during that time. I’m fine with that especially since I’m paid hourly. However I’m very quickly realizing that is not the case. My department is fairly small (there is a VP, a director who I report to, a senior analyst, and two regular analysts). The first few days I was leaving around 5-5:15 and I would notice that everyone in my department was still there but the entire rest of the building is essentially vacant. Now at the same time they hired me they hired another guy for the same position but he is about 50 years old, now in the beginning he was leaving around the same time as me but then I noticed he started staying longer. Now I’ve found out that they all stay until 6:30-7 at night, including the other new hire, and on top of that they come in anywhere from 5am-7am, every single day, all while I’m clocking in at 8:25 and leaving at 5:10. No one has made mention to me the expectation that I need to work more hours and I can’t do any work independently anyway and essentially check in with my supervisor every 30 minutes (which they explained would be the case for the first few months). However I’m clearly noticing some “not so subtle remarks” made by co workers that seemed to be about me leaving at 5 instead of staying late. I have also discovered that busy season isn’t “April to May” but actually about 6 months out of the year. They told me this past fall the entire department worked 78 consecutive days(including Saturday’s and Sunday’s) at no less than 8 hrs a day, usually capping at 13 hrs per day. Virtually every Friday the VP walks around and asks everyone to come in on Saturday.
I am beyond overwhelmed with these work standards and I’m very much someone who values my personal life and time with family is extremely important to me. I’m very upset that they didn’t seem to disclose the extent of expected overtime to me and I feel at a loss of how to deal with it considering it’s my first job out of college and I’ve been there only 2 weeks but I don’t want them to have the expectation that I’m willing to put in that much overtime. I haven’t been asked yet to stay late or come in on the weekend but I feel like I need to make it clear that I can’t fulfill an 80 hour work week for months on end.
Some more relevant information about my department is that 5 of them, including the new hire, are 45+ years old, pretty much all divorced with adult kids. The one other analyst who has been there a year is about my age, single guy who lives with his parents. Judging from their shocked reactions, I don’t think they expected me to be engaged and living with my fiancée at 22 years old, I think they were looking for young, money hungry college grads with no commitments and middle aged people with no young children. ( I have also learned turnover is quite high in this position as past employees don’t seems to stay more than year)
Sorry for the long post! Advice greatly appreciated!!