Career Girl No More

So last night I was due to work a dreaded overnight.  Usually the shifts run more smoothly, even wheen you are in a pickle because typically, you have less customers to deal with.  In a perfect world, you are expected to get the place sparkling clean, get all left over stuff that hasn’t gotten done during the day done, stock everyting that was left unstocked, and I reinterate, CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN.  With three to five of us there, and plenty of tasks left for us throughout the day by the shorthanded day crew and often unorganized young second shift, and our own tasks which change slightly, such as truck, cleaning certain machines, we have very little room and usually the breakfast cabinets are not stocked to the breakfast grill managers liking, or not all the dishes are done and the prep person is angry.  So now I am getting yelled at in Spanish by the Grill manager and the prep person isn’t even talking to you.  Then lets say we don’t get the trash out, then the morning maintenence is pissed too.  Really I am not saying I can’t usually get this stuff done, it’s just a balance but I did stay over last week for two hours because I had a young, shorthanded crew and I feel obligated to get stuff done if it isn’t finished, especially since the maintenence person was ill that day…  It’s just par for the course of being a manager in fast food.  However, last night they expected me to come in with no grill person, someone who is relatively new, and have one person who was seasoned enough to leave alone.  I cannot do my manager stuff that I am required to do while in the grill such as closing the day (required, especially in a 24 hour store) and enter my waste, all of which is time sensitive.  I’m sure if I wanted this career enough I would have fought more, but truth of the matter is, this wasn’t the first time I was screwed on a shift, it wasn’t going to be the last time, and if it made me change my personality as drastically as it did in the 15 minutes it did, while I am home with m sweets, trying to enjoy Dr Who, then this isn’t the career for me.

To go back a little farther, I came to this place because I had worked for them beforefor nearly six years.  I knew the job and wanted easy money.  I worked three days a week.  It wasn’t so bad but I quit due to a severe depression spell that hit when Metamour had Chunk.  I also had strep throat that went untreated for nearly two months and since I had went up to full time it had taken it’s toll.  Fast forward a little bit, chunk is six weeks old and metamour is looking for a job.  I reccomend them she goes back.  My ex boss asks her to convince me to come back.  Then my husband also gets on there.  I get into the camraderie of the place and decide I want to help them (by this time they are struggling)  I felt I had a lot to offer.  I was manager ready from working at the company years ago.  They move me up pretty quickly, like within a month.  I have no formal training, just maybe a week of running shifts and bam, I am a manager.

I felt very accomplished at first but the honeymoon ended as soon as I started to see the real state of things.  every single shift was short handed.  Sometimes I would be scheduled nine hours but work 10 to 11 sometimes without a break.  I started seeing how things were operating I saw no hope.

Now all this being said I do not blame the company.  I blame it on being a bad fit.  It’s a very physically demanding job and for some people maybe it is rewarding but for me the company is against everything I believe.  It’s consuming most of my time and all of my energy.  I didn’t care about Halloween (My absolute favorite holiday) because I had other people who I felt could take up the slack.  The thing is as much as it pains me sometimes, it is my personality to keep things going, like traditions and such.

So I quit.  And I am looking forward to my interview coming up for a different career that I can see being a better fit.


11 thoughts on “Career Girl No More

  1. heh. how funny! i quit my job last week too, mostly because the owner started screaming at me over nothing from less than 6 inches from my face…

    food service can really bite sometimes, if you get into the wrong place or wrong position, and management is especially tough. i’ve done that before too. i’m glad we’re both free of places we were not meant to be! *hug*

  2. I been their 2005, Over demanding, You know that you are Capable of the Job with your own Strategics, though the Head Honchos are competing with you Bitterly, in order to Slow your thoughts to a Level, that they fear on complimenting you, encase you steal a glimpse of they approving that you are ‘dead on’ your game, but most of all, low classing you intentionally to not give you Credible benefits, such as, higher Authority, Pay rise, with they Snobing you off in a Sly manor;
    I don’t know if that’s a similar treatment you had received, though, that was me, with also, i had been, like you had mentioned, 2nd hand working after others who should have cleaned and prepared for the next in Shift.. Even if it was not in my field..
    Yes it hadn’t been for you, you are needed elsewhere in life, leaving you an Experience.
    I sometimes hate this saying, as Economically we are all in need of an Income, in this time of Desperation, or whatever it may be – ‘That, which doesn’t Kill You, Only makes you Stronger’,
    Time is Our Friend, it will always be there, Plans, Steps, are needed to get to where we want to go, i learned late, as i hadn’t people who could guide me that way.., just don’t let people know your every move, and if you take steps correctly, surely one day you will get to where you planned to be at, i preach to remind myself, as for two years now with ‘Mine’, i am gaining results, it’s not easy, but Follow the Steps, & your instincts don’t get fooled..
    Good Luck…. LoL

      • No need to apologize, it’s difficult to keep up, especially in my case Momentarily; from last Friday, i have been in hospital for my Daughter, – Tonsillitis, Phlegm in lungs, liquid in Ear canal, Loss of hearing, with needles, drips, pipes, & Oxygen masks, she’s my Princess age of 4, so i hadn’t stayed home, i Vacating in the Hospital, disowning the world for my one & only Life, i Love Dearly.. She’s now home, & on the time of economy Crisis here in Europe(Cyprus), i was forced to buy an expensive Machine from the Chemist, which produces Oxygen(Mask) to have for my Own.?
        She’s Much better now, & I am now back in front of Laptop, wondering how to view 176 Bloggers in my Inbox, also in need to Produce & Post a Blog of my Own..
        I need a Heads up..
        thank you for your time, i believe you also have your hands full, so i’m Understanding.. LoL

      • I hope your Christmas was Kind to you, sending you Best wishes for a Better Year ahead..
        I too haven’t yet posted from the last time we had our chat..
        we are not Robots, i guess though, we will toughen up some time soon with each day a lesson with accumulating knowledge, experiences, & as they say ‘It won’t happen over night, but it will happen, i Say – ‘Inevitable’.. Lol

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