I can't believe it has been 7 months since I posted something. I know I am not a big blogger, but still, I thought I had posted at least once, in the summer.
Well, I lived through the census. The pay was good, but the hours lousy. The beginning was especially hard, since they didn't pay overtime, and the first 2-3 weeks I was definitely working about 60 hours. Then it settled into just under 7 hours, 6 days a week.
My team was 2nd to last. We had a mix of people. Some were excellent in any situation, and others were only one hit wonders. They worked well in only certain neighborhoods. Others were just barely working the minimum hours, and they did just barely the minimum work. And I also had 2 people who were out right liars. I only say this, because this job allowed people to fill in their own time sheet. They could say they worked 8 hours, but how could I challenge them? The work they did was either non-existent or so minimal that I could send a 5 year old out there to get the same amount of work done. BUT there were 'certain' issues that didn't allow me to get rid of those people.
Anyway. When the next phase started in July, I was demoted, due to the slowness of my team's progress. Did I mention I had the largest area with the least amount of people? And that's not even including the fact that of 20, only 10 were competent...
In the second phase, I ended up being an assistant. There was so much paperwork and procedure that the crew leader needed to add me as an unofficial assistant. So, I was basically doing the same as I was last time, but I didn't have to sign my name to everything, and I didn't have to do the discipline. The team consisted of 3 different areas combined. I chose my top 4 people and then there were 10 from the other 2 areas.
and was able to collect from the state of NJ, rather than CA. I wanted to try and get back in the post-production, but was not successful. Many of the places were not hiring. As October rolled around, I was contemplating getting a holiday job. Before I could do anything about it, I was contacted by the wine shop from last year, and they asked if I was interested. I was. So, I went in for a quick interview with the new manager and the HR woman from last year. There had been some changes in the store since I left. One manager left to open a new store for the company. Lucky for him, it was near his home, so he can walk to work now, rather than commute over an hour. (Now I know why he was usually the early shift manager.) The assistant manager was let go. I don't know the reasons why. I know a lot of people didn't like him, but in the time I was there he seemed OK to me. Anyway, while were were talking the subject of the census came up, and they seemed to be interested in the fact that I had been a team leader, a management position. They asked what the pay rate was, and it was about twice what they would be paying me...anwyay.
So, there I am working back at the old wine shop, day 4, and the manager, out of nowhere, while we were assembling shelves in the break room, asks me if I want to go full time! I was shocked and I guess it was obvious to him. He said he would give me some time to think about it. Last year I had really wanted to stay on after the holidays, then after the census paychecks, I was thinking I needed to get a better paying job than retail. But with the way things are going, I felt like this company does offer some good benefits. Even if you are part-time, they offer some benefits. I only know of Starbucks that does that. So later that evening, after I was home and watched a show about an Ohio town that is almost a ghost town after Maytag closed it's factory, I was like: I have to take this job. There are not a lot of opportunities out there these days. I haven't had benefits in over 10 years. I will get to learn about wine. It will be an informal learning process with Gail, the wine manager, who is an actual accredited sommeliere.
That's loco, Neo!
I have no response to that.
- 7 months?