- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2015
I need some advice on quitting my job. May be long…
I work two jobs, one at a petstore in the evenings and one in an office in the morning. I’m quitting the evening one. I already wrote my last day on the calendar (May 1st). When I first started there almost a year and a half ago it was great. Everyone was nice and helpful, it was around Christmas time so my boss even got me a gift even though I just started and the company gave us all gift cards to target. I worked some evenings and some mornings, even a 1-9 eight hour shift on Sat which really helped money wise. I was able to play with the animals we have in the store frequently, and it was an over minimum wage job. It was perfectly fine!
It started getting a little more stressful the longer I was there. People quit, new people were hired and promoted (including some that have been there less time than me soley because they were male). Rules started to change and there was more for cashiers to be in charge of, including tons of cleaning and stocking out items. So my time with the animals was limited though I still had to clean them. Then the drama started. My boss is male and all the other workers including myself obvously, are female (in thier early 20s). We had some male workers but most of them didn’t last long….wonder why. I stayed out of it directly but was always talked to about it. Some girls disliked other girls and called them names behind thier backs and refused to work with each other. Then the next day they would be bffs again. That got old really fast.
When these girls got along, they would come in off the clock and talk to the others who were working, leaving me with all the work. They would take at least 4 smoke breaks in a 5 hour shift on the clock (and get lunch). Sometimes they do invite me out places outside of work but it’s always to a town an hour away to drink and dance…deff not my scene. One of the girls was even like, “Oh yeah I got robbed there before”. Like, why do you still go?! I try to suggest local things or board games/movies while drinking at one of our own homes and they think that is dumb. So now they don’t ask me and talk about plans in front of me. Some of the girls are “allergic” (I think it’s because everyone I work with likes dogs better than cats and they just don’t want to deal with them) to cats animals so I had to clean the cages for the cats. I don’t mind, I like cats, but they sit there and talk while I do it. When I started my office job my boss was still putting me on weekends. I told him I couldn’t do that anymore because I wasn’t going to work 7 days of the week, I needed some off. I was then scheduled 5 nights and one of them on Sunday. My husband has Sundays and Mondays off so it’s the only full day we could have together. I finally got it accross that I couldn’t work Sundays at all, but once I covered for someone, being nice and all, and he started scheduling me regularly again on Sundays. This past Christmas was also dull. No celebrations what so ever and the company didn’t give us anything.
I finally put my foot down and said I could only work 3 weeknights a week. Since I don’t work as often anymore I noticed a drop in store cleanliness, including animal cages. Now drama is still happening between some of the girls and I’ve started to be ignored and my boss doesn’t work during the day. He will be there 8-5 and then leave tons of stuff for us (well, me since I do everything) to do which he could have deff done in the day, then complain to us if we don’t finish it all. I’ve had a hard time recently and had to miss some work with an almost kidney infection and my car icing over and not starting. So I called out and found someone to cover my shifts. But they still act like I was horrible to do that. But one of the girls had “a bad cold” and couldn’t work and that was ok. I almost had to go to the hospital and they acted like I was being inconvinient. I even told them yesterday that we were out of paper towels (we were out friday too and no one listened) and they literally just looked at me and didn’t say anything. I had to use brown bathroom paper towels to clean animal cages. I don’t think the animals have been cleaned since Friday night because that was when I last worked. There was even dried crusty bathroom on the cats cages! I told the humane society we get the animals from directly about it because that really made me mad. That is no environement for an animal. One of the girls only sneezes when near the cats. Like, take some allergy medicine and wear a mask. It’s not like she breaks of in a rash or ca’t breathe. That would be completely understandable, but no. Her nose itches and she can’t clean the cats.
On top of all this my husband is leaving in June to Basic, so I want as much time as I can with him. Since we both work mornings (him till 11 and me till 1) I want to utilize it. That’s a lot of valuable time and I need to make the most of it. Also, when he is gone I want to spend time on myself, getting ready for our wedding ceremony (not breaking nails and gaining weight every other day due to work) and spend time with my friends. We leave in October, possible out of the US and I don’t know when I will see them again. Plus, I have my other job. It’s not like I’m quitting to sit and do nothing. I’ll still have income and I understand it may mean sacrificing buying things for myself and eating out less. I’m also looking at contracting websites so I can work here and there with data entry for extra pocket money.
I am just so sick of being treated like crap there and they just don’t care. What did I do that was so wrong? Be civil and actually do my job? That’s literally all I’ve done. Are these good reasons to quit? Also how do I ignore my mom if she says anything? I am 22 but live with my parents until my husband gets his 1st base assignment. I told her I wanted to quit and she told me she thought it was stupid and I shouldn’t beccause I need to save more money. But as long as I hold out till May and can pay my rent she would tolerate my decision. I have a good chunk of money saved up and realize more could only help, but with everything I put up with there, it just isn’t worth $8/hr.
I’m sorry I guess this is more of a rant. But I just wanted to get it all out there and some opinions about my reasons for quitting.