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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

RIGHT! - That Does It!

I've had it with this place.

I can't say too much because I need to "hold my cards close to my chest", but one of the managers here really offended me yesterday without any cause or reason; just because that's how they operate and treat people around here.

Well, stuff 'em. I was holding out for my supervisor's role (you know the one who quit just before Christmas? Well, I applied for her role and am due to find out shortly if I've been successful), but now I really don't want to work in this place anymore. I have to find other work IMMEDIATELY.

The best thing about this is that if I get another job and give notice here, they'll be scrambling over themselves to replace me (as I now constitute the entire webteam) before the new university year starts back ... which they may or may not do considering the pathetic salary they offer ... and that may leave them with a brand new website and no one who knows how to administer it - right as they head into a new year of trying to convince students to become voluntarily paid-up members (remember my dislike of that VSU thing? That's kinda because it directly affects my job). So basically, me quitting soon would really screw them.

The worst thing about this is that it's really the unsuspecting university students (and, of course, all my wonderful and equally hard-done-by colleagues) who will suffer the most. But I've been here for over eight years (twelve if you count the time I spent here as a student before getting a job), so I'm sick of rolling over and taking one for the team all the time. My 'career' (so to speak) is shot to hell as it is, so it's time I started thinking about my future properly and looked after number one. Not in a selfish way, but in a self-preserving way. Plus, I've got Wifey and a mortgage and hopefully one day some kids to be thinking about. This workplace is full of corrupt managers who are disgustingly rude and hurtful to the staff members they govern. There's no way I want to work here a day longer than I absolutely have to.

Thankfully, long service leave kicks in at 5 years in this industry, so I'll be getting my share of that when I walk, too.

But Wifey and I aren't financially independent enough to support ourselves if I just quit now ... so that means I have to find a new job first.

I hope it doesn't take too long. I intend to file a grievance against the manager who upset me yesterday before I leave (and there's nothing he can do to deny it ... I've caught him RED-HANDED!), but I'd really like to just do that, quit, and then get the hell outta here.

Ironically, the nasty manager in question is the same one I respectfully posted about a few months ago when he suffered a terrible family tragedy which even made the news. I sorta regret being so kind to him now. He is pure evil and frankly deserves what's coming to him. I'm so happy to be in the position to finally do something about him and his corrupt ways.

Talk about spoiling my mood. I'm actually quite upset (and justifiably so, I assure you). Does anyone know of any cool jobs going for a web editor?


At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9:11:00 am, Blogger sheriff of nothing said...

oh BEVIS that really sucks. Hang in there, get yourself on the market and you will be employed in a blink of an eye!!!

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9:20:00 am, Blogger Clokeeeey! said...

Bevis, never seen you so upset. Must have been a real bastard. I'm sure you'll find something lickety split.
Web editor eh? Would you work for a corrupt bank?

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 9:30:00 am, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

bevis, that's awful to hear. be careful. corrupt and evil people sometimes can be difficult and cause even more trouble for nice little green frogs.

you'll find something better. and i hope they treat you better when you do.

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:21:00 am, Blogger Clokeeeey! said...

I just checked our on-line internal job ads, we have 3 web programmer jobs going. I can send you more info if you like, but as they are internal ads, they may not look for external applicants just yet. I can ask for you though.

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 12:09:00 pm, Blogger Tuppence said...


(Not you, your clearly evil manager.)

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 12:36:00 pm, Blogger sublime-ation said...

Well, now that my Dad's come back from NZ, there will be a desperate shortage of witty bad puns needed for headlines in small town newspapers.
May I suggest journalism? You just need to re-locate to the land of the long white, and the flat white, served in a soup bowl...

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:47:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Hello all, thank you for the support. My day actually got even nastier after I posted this, because the manager in question came in to apologise (which shows I'm not making this up or exaggerating the weight of the matter), but he was really only trying to cover his own butt.

Some people I've talked to about this have said it's a sackable offense (especially considering his role here), but others have said he will completely get away with it because he's best mates with the CEO. I agree with this last view, unfortunately.

Anyway, your kind words are very much appreciated. I shall try to muddle through regardless, and will be job hunting in my spare time *cough cough and at work cough cough*.

Sheriff of Nothing, thanks; that's very kind of you to say. You never know. I've been contemplating a complete career change anyway. Maybe this is just what I need to get out of web stuff and into writing properly. Or acting. Or editing (only not the web this time). Or reviewing television!! Or something.

Clokeeeey, thank you so much for that; I hate to sound rude or picky or whatever, but I'm not actually a programmer, per se. I'd need it to be a web editing job - but I so so so so so appreciate you checking it out for me! Thanks very much, man. To answer your question, re: would I work at a corrupt bank ... I've got plenty of experience surviving at corrupt workplaces, so why not!

MelbourneGirl, that made me laugh despite myself, which was nice. Yes, he's a smiley weasel and has already set in motion a way of him later claiming "But I aplogised and we worked it all out!" ... even though I purposefully said nothing in reply to his apology. He only apologised to save himself from recrimination, not because he's actually sorry.

Tuppence, you have quite a way with words, but effectively: Yes.

Sublime-ation, sounds tempting, but I couldn't stnad hearing the accent all day. (Seriously, it'd need to be something in Victoria - I'm hoping not to have to move for a job just yet.)

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:48:00 pm, Blogger elaine said...

I just wrote a really long comment and blogger ate it. TWICE


As I said before:
BEVIS, (note correct capitalisation for empathy) you should leave that job. Not to screw them but because nobody (especially small green frogs) deserves to be treated like that.

There is absolutely no need to treat people (and frogs) with disrespect and a lack of professionalism - especially when it is easier to treat people right.

It makes me really angry that they've done this to you my furry friend.

I said this far more eloquently the first time. Stupid blogger.

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 2:51:00 pm, Blogger elaine said...

and re: your last comment.

Don't get me started on the evils of (some) universities and their work environments - for both academic and general staff.

Just don't.

Know that you are not alone and you are better off out of that place.


At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:23:00 pm, Anonymous John B. said...

Bevis, as someone who left a certain university work environment to go to another job I can tell you that it's a good idea. I mean I watched 2 dvd's this morning, something I never would have got away with at my uni job! Granted the boss isn't here today, but even if he were it'd still be better than a uni job where you don't get no respect. Good luck job hunting buddy.

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:25:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

blogger ate one of my comments too, which was along the lines of that clokey should be careful talking about the c-word in connection with his workplace when he is blogging from work.

[holds hands with elaine and sighs at injustice done to "our" favourite little green frog friend]

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:40:00 pm, Blogger Riss said...

Are you okay?

Well, I told you just yesterday I have two openings over here...

Not web editing, of course, (and I'm about to start mentoring the person doing web editing so don't ask me to scare her off) and I'd know, like Santa Claus, when you're awake/sleeping or if you've been bad/good/blogging.

Tell me if you need a break and a walk and I'll meet you for a "coffee".

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:41:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe you should speak to some members of the DUSA council, as technically, these are the only people that can do anything

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 7:59:00 pm, Blogger Husky Nutmeg said...

Oh Bevis - I hope tommorrow is a brighter day.

Look around for something new - working for a place you don't respect can be bad for you.

Maybe if we all keep our eyes open, something much better will find its way to you.

At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 11:05:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Elaine, thanks for your perseverence! I appreciate the correct capitalisation. :)

I want to leave this workplace more than anything, but this evening I realised that I'm reluctant to do it on bad blood. I don't want to be chewing it up inside forevermore in bitterness. I also don't want the lasting memory of me at this place to be someone who bolted when it got too hard. I'll try to make peace with the manager who wronged me, although I can't tell when or how this will happen. Wish me luck!

Thanks for your understanding. It sounds like you know plenty about that of which we speak.

John B, cheers. I know you know plenty about that of which we speak! Sounds like you had a tough day. Thanks for the good wishes.

MG, you and Elaine are both very sweet to care so much about this 'little green frog'. Thanks.

Riss, not really, no. But I'm doing better now that I've had a brief sleep. I came home, spoke on the phone to a friend about what I should do (the stuff above about bitterness and leaving on a good note is the result of that chat), had dinner and went to bed for an hour and a half. 8:30pm - 10pm. It helped clear my head. And now I'm online looking for jobs (not having too much luck, though). Getting side-tracked in the blogosphere probably doesn't help! ...

Thanks for the offer of a "coffee", but I'd already left when I read that. Maybe tomorrow; that'd be nice. I think I'm going to have another look at those jobs you mentioned, too. And I promise I would stop blogging in work hours if it got me out of my current working situation! :)

Anonymous, I think I know who you are, but either way: Thank you. For everyone else, it's true. I work for the Department of the United States of America (not really, but the acronym is the same), and the manager is largely untouchable by other staff. I think he's pretty-much untouchable by Council as well, though - such is the level to which he is entrenched and unstoppable (speaking historically).

Husky Nutmeg, thank you for your kind words. It'd be a wonderful story to tell my grandkiddies if a blog friend found me the perfect job, but in reality I know I've got to get out there and find it myself (not that I'm being rude about it). I just know that the perfect job won't fall in my lap; I've got to work for it and hunt it down ... and I'm psyched up right now and ready to hunt!

Thanks again, everyone! I'm going back to the job search engines now.

At Thursday, January 19, 2006 9:51:00 am, Blogger littlefaeriegirl said...

the wanting to quit is a disease that is quickly spreading through most of the people i know, myself included.

in other news, ants got into my hundreds and thousands biscuits and that makes me mad

we should all quit our jobs and live on an island with no ants and eat pineapples

At Thursday, January 19, 2006 10:59:00 am, Blogger BEVIS said...

Hehe! I agree, good call. You can be President.

At Thursday, January 19, 2006 9:03:00 pm, Anonymous CBomb said...

I will keep my ears... peeled. For jobs.

Can't believe it took you eight years to snap. Took us three.

Whatshisface must have been horrible for it to be 'sackable'. Then again... that lot. Hm.

Have job lead. Will email.

At Friday, January 20, 2006 1:38:00 pm, Blogger LadyCracker said...

Bah. work, who needs it.


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