- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Hiding a little with this username, you gals understand…
I haven’t had the most fantastic career, mostly retail stuff, and a little bit of Hollywood type jobs for a few years when I lived in LA. My most recent job was at a little family owned shop (of which there’s 3 in my area) of a category of goods that I’m pretty attached to.
I was uber excited this summer when, after 2 years of hanging around the shop, and talking them up to everybody, and just generally being glad they existed, the owner hired me on when one of his guys moved out of state. Thought it was too good to be true. Turns out it was.
Alright, for simplicity’s sake, let’s just say this place is a mom-and-pop local dealership.
I know a lot about the vehicles this dealership sells. Sometimes I know a few things even the mechanics and owners don’t know. I’m very enthusiastic about the product. Can’t say about thing about it, even though I know it isn’t perfect. I was told I’d be trained for everything, not just sales, but even shop work. Great! Then I can even work on my own vehicle, and have half a clue what I’m doing and telling to customers.
Fast forward to December. STILL was not trained as a mechanic. Desparately needed a service on my own vehicle… like, several thousand miles overdue. I was told, simply, that they did not have time for me (and no, it didn’t matter that I even offered to pay full regular retail for it, and do it myself if they’d just talk me through it). I was the only one that had more than a 2-block commute to work, and the bus cost me more than gas would. So I ended up taking a day off, and spending $200 at another competing dealership that treated me extremely well. But still… there is no reason I should have had to do that. I should have been trained how to do it myself, especially after having politely asked many times. I stopped asking after a while, because they acted annoyed by it.
Oh, and did I mention they started doing illegal stuff?!? Like pushing through warranty claims that they never did, just for the checks? On the flip side, they would even let vehicles with recalls on them leave, simply because they didn’t feel like doing that particular procedure because it took a long time. I was fussed at for trying to upsell accessories. I just flat out didn’t want to be involved any longer. While I was coming up with the nicest way to say, “I quit because you guys all suck,” I was pretty much given a reason to. I was told that they really wanted to pay to fly back the employee that moved (whom I replaced) because he could help them out with inventory over the holidays, so if I was going to leave, could I please tell them when? They wanted to use what would be my paycheck for the guy’s plane ticket. I honestly wish I was making that up. I’ve never been so insulted. Except for those times when the owner walked around saying, “F— you,” all the time. To my face. I also got really really tired of having to lie to customers to cover the mechanics’ lack of scheduling.
So…. yeah. How do I word THAT on any job application that requires a reason for leaving? After I did leave, I realized that I’d had a part in some of the illegal stuff they were doing. Totally not proud of it. But I don’t know how to report it without incriminating myself, and making myself look bad to everyone who loves their shops. They have a very small number of employees with very little turnover, so it would be pretty easy to figure out it’s me reporting it, even if I could do it without my name. I don’t feel comfortable even trying to apply for Unemployment over this. I literally just told the manager I’d had enough, fine, go ahead and use my paycheck because I know you want to, and left.
The other matter… ironically, nearly half the places I’ve ever worked at no longer exist. Even larger, nationwide chains. Will employers believe that I’m really just that unlucky that I hardly have any work references left with working phone numbers??
Sorry… guess part of this was because I needed to rant. And I’m not sure who I can rant to about this.