Guys, I’ve posted about this before- my challenges as a temp, or rather, contract person. As mentioned, I’ve been working for a very well-known, international, medical device company. The president has been on Good Morning America, etc. I’ve been working in their Quality Assurance group- in the sub QA department of Supplier Quality. Our group performs on-site audits of manufacturing plants providing us supplies for our products, most of these plants are in Asia, some sporadically spread out across USA. I’m really good with follow-up skills, pulling reports, remembering changes we made, reminding people about things and finding errors and correcting before we’re internally audited, etc.
What was supposed to be just a 3 week coverage for someone on maternity leave extended to almost 2.5 years now (in August). I’m such a perfect fit for this job, that they decided to keep me on with hopes that I would study, take the SQA test and become an auditor. However, I never have time to read all this material my boss dumped on me- that I’m supposed to read in my “spare time” when I’m spread thin as a mother, have a child with a learning disorder and trying to figure out the extent of that and actions going forward, and sports, and homework…plus regular life duties, and be a wife somewhere in there, as well. Plus, throwing 5 books and a “sample” test disc my boss had from his class, that’s not how I learn. Two paragraphs in and I’m zoning out… Definition of words that mean one thing in regular conversation have a completely different meaning in the Auditing world. SO, it’s like learning a new language. After the kids are in bed 9:30/10:00 at night the last thing I can do is focus on reading material that requires me learning- I’m ready to zonk out myself. Plus, I learn hands-on… that’s my zone-out sleeping time. I need TV or mindless reading.
Anyway, although they need a strong administrative person, such as myself, to support the group, but they want the employees to be auditors. BUT, even if I took the test, that doesn’t mean they will hire me on as employee. So, they want me to study on my own time, pay $500.00 to take this test (may or may not pay for me), and then start traveling for them (I don’t have time for that) and performing audits (more stressful) and writing up reports at the same pay with the “promise” of hiring me on some day? I don’t think so…
WITH THAT SAID… my husband decided it was time I took advantage of my “consultant” status and make my own hours. So I haven’t been working 8 hour days, to my boss’ dismay. I told him how my husband is in sales and needs to travel more and when traveling, I have kids to care for. My boss wants it all with no giving on his end. No reduced hours. Why not- get same stuff done- very reliable- what does it matter if 6 hour day, opposed to 8?
I told him I’m traveling in the summer, with family, so my husband can make sales calls this long driving trip from Southern CA, to Oregon, to Idaho, to UT/AZ/NV. I could easily work online part-time from the hotels. That was a NO. (everything is done online, so that’s unreasonable)
So then I said, it’s a leave of absence… that was originally a NO. So I told him then my last day would be the kids’ last day of school. This was last month. We had lunch last week. Now that he knows I’m ready to leave the company…he made a somewhat “exception.”
… with the promise I’ll keep in touch with him regularly on my trip and upon my return… I’ll return FULL TIME hours. I just said “yeah.” My husband was like
“Nothing has changed. It’s the same boat you were in before… he doesn’t want to yield on anything. What does Full time mean, that you’ll be hired on instead of temp status? And only if they haven’t added another temp in your place by the time we return…and on our trip he wants you “on call” without pay to answer any questions of all the awesome stuff you’ve been doing to “train” over the phone the new guy you have or the new person replacing you?”
Yeah, precisely. Hahahah. All this going back-n-forth as I’ve had no benefits for over 2 years now: no vacation time, no sick time, no 401 k, do not qualify for bonuses and other special perks of employees, work harder for less money than full-time employees, in charge of crucial data/reporting… Luckily, medical is covered by my husband’s company.
What I didn’t tell my boss is, we are exploring the idea of moving out-of-state. I might return to only work for another couple of months and that’s it. I was hoping to work online- and then it doesn’t matter where you are located. We have another Auditor that is in Asia and everything he does is online. I’m so good at my job, and perfect fit, it’s silly they wouldn’t want to keep me in some role- whether it be a few hours/week to support various divisions within the QA group. But, I’m done. (for now)
this week- and next… then vacation! (possibly permanent vacation- with no pay) – but I’m ready.