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Extremely Upset about job

January 18th, 2008 at 02:57 am

Today was payday so I am adding $4.44 to my EF bringing the new EF total to $1,330.33.

In other news, I spoke to the boss about the medical insurance and she assured me that it will be in effect as expected. I also called the insurance company to check and all seems to be in place now. While this is great news, I am very upset right now because of another thing that was said in the same conversation with the boss. When I was hired, it was stated that they would pay 50% of my insurance for the family. Now they are saying they are going to pay 50% of just my portion and I will have to pay 100% of the family portion. Frown I don't even know how much it will be yet as the boss said the bill was not clear so she has to call and talk to them again. I won't find out until I am paid in 2 weeks and there is some mystery amount withheld from my paycheck!

I am really feeling like I have been taken advantage of which sucks because I actually like my job, my coworkers, etc, and I did not speak up today like I probably should have (okay definitely should have). The problem is that I was told "X" when interviewed and offered the position and now it seems that almost every detail has been changed!!! Of course, this is my first job in the field, I am just starting to feel comfortable with my job and I don't want to have to go through looking for another position so soon! I am not even telling my husband because he would completely flip out and want me to quit this job and find another. *sigh* I guess I am feeling like at least this is the devil I know. Plus I really just need to work so we can have a healthy EF and get out of debt, especially with all this talk of recession/depression.

Any insights?

7 Responses to “Extremely Upset about job”

  1. denisentexas Says:

    Well, if you really just need to work for EF and paying off debt purposes and you like the job, maybe you can just be content with it. However, the fact that so many things have changed from what you were told would be a red flag for me. I'd be upfront about the health insurance issue and ask why it was changed and make it clear that you were told it would be one way and now you're being told something else. Ugh, I'd be upset, too. Frown

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    The first time you wrote about the job not coming through in a timely manner with the the benefits that could maybe make up for the lower wages ---the first time, I suspected you might have been snookered. I could be wrong but it is sounding even more like it. I'm afraid you might finally get one or two months' insurance 50% paid by your employer, then he would somehow "forget" to make the payment or something would come up and the insurance will have been "canceled." Perhaps canceled just at the time you need it. This is not sounding good.

    Do you happen to see your employer cutting corners in other ways? Maybe in unethical or dangerous ways? If so, I would get out of there on the double.

  3. baselle Says:

    For the next job, ask for an offer letter. Best to get the details of your job and benefits in writing. Even if the letter refers to the standard HR jargon and is for a specific time period, it gives you some sort of leg to stand on.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    You are the first employee to get these benefits, right? Maybe your boss just forgot and it is an honest mistake.

  5. monkeymama Says:

    I would say it was most likely an honest mistake. Or misunderstanding. I learned very on to be very clear when asking for benefits. All employers will tell you they have x and y benefits. Then you look closer and your dependents are never covered and you are paying 90% anyway. That is how I feel in my industry. They always say "full benefits" when they mean "not much benefits."

    I have found the only way around it is to ask a lot of questions, and then get it in writing. Next time can you say "please put that you will cover 50% of my dependents, in writing." Yes you have to get that specific.

    But yeah, my boss is very honest and caring, but I am sure he even exaggerated his benefits a bit when I interviewed. It just seems the norm to me. I remember he told me he would cover my education. I wasn't specific enough. Turns out he would only cover $1500 of my education annually. Just miscommunication.

  6. MariRDH Says:

    Thanks everyone! You've all made really good points and I appreciate reading other people's thoughts on this. I don't see the DDS cutting corners or being unethical in other ways but I've only been there 3 months so I will have to keep my eyes open and my ear to the ground from here on out. I think it is a real shame that I went in with a real respect for this person and now I really wonder if she is a scatter-brain or ,even worse, doing this on purpose. Frown

    Unfortunately if I were to look elsewhere I would have to wait another 90 days for insurance again (and most places do not even offer it), so I will stay where I am and keep my eyes peeled for a better situation. It is a joke that dentists think hygienists have no loyalty and are always looking for more money...gee, if you treated your employees with some common decency maybe they'd be loyal! Sorry for the bitterness. I just really am a one job for the long haul kinda gal and this makes me really sad.

  7. Amber Says:

    I am surprise he/she can't get the info regarding amount due prior to payday, what about HR? An offer letter is a great idea, I must remember to ask if and when I decide to job hunt and get a job

    Try not to feel too bad; having a job and liking it in addition to liking your coworkers are rare, maybe things will work out in the end. Hang in there and good luck

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