Job in a profession you love, but a company that drives you nuts. What to do?

  • Latenight30

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    Jun 07, 2010 6:39 PM GMT
    Because you are all closer to my peeps and I will completely drive my facebook family nuts if I continue to rant I will pose this to all of you very smart, well heeled gays.
    I work in the entertainment, theatre and live events profession. I am a lighting designer and production manager. I have toured the country, freelanced, worked in clubs etc. I have been with my current company for 5+ years. Full time, benefits the whole 9.
    More and more this year I have worked more hours, had less time off and been faced with a company that has others working that are incompetent in their job that I have to cover for. Not to mention lack of strict guidelines and policy. Today is payday for freelancers. 1 of them can't get paid because "we ran out of checks"
    WHAT kind of BS answer is that? Wasn't it someones responsibility to order them before we ran out? If I had the power I would TRUMP all of them.
    Anyway in this economy do I stick it out? Stick a stick in my eye? or toss it all and try to move to a competitor for some relive from this stupidity.
    Part of me knows that this economy you have to keep what you got...two birds one stone tree or something like that.
    Thanks
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    Jun 07, 2010 7:43 PM GMT
    "A bird in hand is worth two in the bush" is the saying that warns of giving up something you already have for merely the uncertain prospect of getting more or better. And that is indeed the dilemma you face.

    If I were you (and I have worked in that field a little, have a Theatre degree, designed & ran stage lighting, etc) I'd put out feelers to other companies. But only if you feel it could be done discreetly, without it getting back to your current employer. You might first check indirectly which companies have actual or projected openings before approaching them. Although in this economy your options may be few if any, no matter how you go about it.
  • calibro

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    Jun 07, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    i don't think there's anything wrong with submitting resumes to other places while still maintaining this job
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    Jun 07, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    well from my work experience - a big part of loving your job or not is the people that you work with - you certainly don't want to be at a place where you are not appreciated! Life is too short for resentment and regrets! I'd say move on - get the same job in the same industry but with different company - or if there's something else you're dying to do (like writing or whatever) - do it. People switch careers/locations all the time. It's Normal. Good luck to ya man. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 08, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    Ok, I work at an HR company and I have seen this problem quite often lately. Not to mention experiencing it myself...
    First of all - yes, in an economy like this it is very important to HAVE a job and in your case it is one that you have had for 5+ years which is always better than a new place. However, that doesn't mean you must stay in this company forever and put up with the things that you are not ok with.
    As mentioned above me, it is a good idea to send CV's to job adds and look around for a new job, but make sure your employer doesn't find out.
    And if you find a suitable position, think very carefully before you submit your resignation.

    What I would do - change my job. I would look for a new job and try to find a better place. You can never know, but staying at a place where you don't feel ok is not better than taking a chance with a new company.

    Good luck!