The very definition of overworked and underpaid

United States
September 6, 2012 6:27pm CST
When I first got hired at my part time job things were great. I worked about 22 hours a week while going to school and things seemed pretty relaxed. My rate was low and my paychecks were disappointing, but it was nice to have some extra money. Now, a year later, I'm working 37 hours a week while being a full-time student and making minimum wage. I'm only hired as part-time but I'm almost being given full-time hours while still making minimum wage. On top of all that, when I'm at work I have managers hounding me constantly telling me I need to sell a certain amount of bras for the time segment, etc. I find it very frustrating because I don't get anything extra for selling things like the managers do, all I get is minimum wage. I'm sorry, but to me, that's not enough to make me want to bust my butt to make the managers' goals so they can get their bonuses. This is part of the reason why I just put in my 2 weeks' notice a few days ago. Plus, they're hiring new, inexperienced people at $8 an hour, when I still make 7.67. I don't think that's right at all and I don't want to stay at a job like that and do all the work while the new people stand around and make more than I do. Lately I've been stressed out and exhausted from having to be at that job plus doing school. I feel like being in that store for my shift drains the life out of me and turns my brain to mush. I'm glad I put my 2 weeks in and dropped all that useless stress. The one manager was a bit shocked when she saw I had my letter. Tomorrow when I go to work I'll be curious to see if any of the other managers have anything to say about my resignation. If they ask why I'm leaving, I will politely tell them the truth about how I feel. Even if they did offer me a raise to stay, I don't even think I would take it because it's just such an awful place to work. They'd have to pay me pretty well in order to get me to stay. I can't wait for tomorrow though to see what people have to say
4 responses
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
10 Sep 12
So, have they come back and offered you more to stay? I bet it was a great feeling handing out the letter. Like a burden being lifted from your shoulder. Sometimes, you just have to realize some things are not worth it. Specially this part time job which you know isn't your career. That's why you go to school because you wouldn't want to do it forever. Goodluck!
• United States
10 Sep 12
No, I'm actually surprised that not one single manager has come up to me and talked to me about me leaving. I guess that should say a lot about everyone there and as much as they say they care about employees, they really don't when it comes down to it. I'm not even sure if my letter got handed to anyone or if they know I'm leaving. I think I'm going to wait a week or so and see if I keep getting scheduled and if I do, I'll talk to my manager and tell her how I put in my 2 weeks. and it did feel great to hand in that letter. I just felt like smiling because I was so happy and relieved. I'll be out of work for a little while now but for me, working almost full-time while making minimum wage wasn't worth it anymore and I'd rather be stress free and find a better job. I'm grateful for the experience I got from this job but it's no longer worth it to me, especially when new people are being hired and getting paid more than me. To me, it's like a slap in the face to me and the rest of us who have been working there a while.
• United States
10 Sep 12
i can see why you would be upset, unfortunatly it is happening everywhere. my fiance went for a job interveiw the other day at a farm. they wanted him to would 6 days a week, 12 hour shifts and were only paying 5.54 an hour... needless to say i told him not to take the job lol
• United States
10 Sep 12
Wow, I'm not sure what minimum wage is in your state but 5.54 seems really low. I hope he didn't take that job because he'd be even more overworked and underpaid than me lol. I'm sure he can find something better than that.
• Philippines
7 Sep 12
Oh yes, you did the right thing. You deserve a better job. They're such inconsiderate, lazy people. They are really taking advantage of you. You are their loss. If they only treat you well before, you'll not considering resigning. Raising your salary to keep you stay is embarrassing. I wish you can get another part time job which will satisfy you with the pay and the work. You have to fight for your right. Don't let them take advantage of you again. Wish you all the best. Happy mylotting.
• United States
7 Sep 12
I'm not staying and I'll be finding another job soon. I just couldn't take being at that store any longer. I've been there almost a year and I don't even feel like a valued employee, especially if they hire new people and pay them more than I get paid. stowyk, the managers at the store definitely are greedy and it really disgusts me. I feel really good about my decision to quit.
• India
7 Sep 12
There is no point in sticking with a job you don't like.Today there are too many opportunities that offer a better pay.I had a similar problem with the first few jobs that I had took on but quit after a few months.Now I work from home and am more happier than ever though what I earn is not great.