I guess I’ve reenlisted in the life of someone who truly hates their job.
I work for a damn idiot. He can hardly go a month without running his business into the ground. He expects me to be at his beck and call for 8 hours and even more, but then refuses to pay me for it. I prepared the applications for locksmith licenses so that all he had to do was stick a check for $20 in each envelope, then stamp, seal, and mail them. That was the beginning of July. I was laid off, then rehired and it still hasn’t gotten done. It was just shoved in a box with a bunch of other crap and given to me to sort through. I’ve seen those names on the list of technicians. They’re working without licenses. Not only that, they almost always overcharge for services where you don’t have much of a choice, like lockouts. It’s pretty much having to choose between the unlicensed freelance guy who could be an incompetent creep, or the unlicensed company guy who probably knows what he’s doing, but will charge you up the ass for it. Don’t blame him though, it isn’t his fault. Most of that money he has to give to the company, who then gives most of that to the advertising source who gave them the job. Very frequently the breakdown of what goes to the ad source and what goes to the company is 60/40, respectively. Out of that 40% I doubt the fair amount goes to the technician. I suppose the vast number of jobs received partly makes up for it. Techs must be on call at all times and often have to finish up one job quickly to drive over to another one several miles away.
Why do I even have this job? Probably because my boss is too cheap to hire a real accountant, so a smart student would do. The jobs he’s been giving me are easy enough, just ridiculous and tedious. And by ridiculous, I mean I give him all the numbers and information and he can’t do something so simple as add or look shit up. The majority of my work is stupid shit like checking to see if anyone forgot anything and only reporting it if it benefits him. Say, for example, a job is listed as having a total of $150 on the invoice from the ad source. Then it says $175 in our system. I do nothing. But if it were vice-versa, or there were forgotten parts, or other things where our company gets to pay the ad source less, then I make a note of it. I swear, I should quit and get a crappy retail job. I least I wouldn’t have to argue about my paycheck. And no boss, I’m not a good negotiator. I just know what’s fair.