Right, here's my rant. If you feel like reading feel free, if you have nothing constructive to contribute, hell, you're probably going to post it anyway.
So I've been working for this "IT Support" company for over a year now. Around December last year all of our salaries (3 other employees) were reduced to that of minimum wage. This was purely due to the drop in business due to the recession and so that one of us did not lose our job!
So... over the past year business has been getting better.. and my boss now employs 6 other employees. Has my salary been put back to normal? NO!... Why? Because of the 'profitability per team member' apparently.
Since I am "team leader" he shoves a CV under my nose today. Someone to "answer the phones and stuff". Outrage ran through my body.
Now, I'm going to blow my own trumpet in a major way here, but I am the only f**king guy there who know's his shit. The other field technicians are nice enough guys but don't really have a friggen clue. The other day I was called out to a warranty job because one of them had been to see a guy who's laptop had been turning off.. his solution: put more RAM in. I went there and the HS+F was just caked, absolutely caked.
Now, our sever guy is leaving. My boss seems to think I can learn how to admin Server 2003, 2007 and SBS with just 2 weeks training before the server guy leaves. He's advertised his role, but no self respecting server technician is going to work for the shit he wants to pay them.
Oh and don't get me started on any employee benefits because there are NONE. Infact, we don't even have a freaking place to PARK!! I use the street and today I'm told that the neighbours have been complaining and to move my car... WTF!!!.... Not to mention if I have an accident in the work van and it's my fault theres £450 excess I have to pay. The office is so small there's not even a place for everyone to sit down!!
So... what... the... f.....? Why am I working like a bitch for monkey nuts? I thought people with skills get paid more than people who work in mac donalds (no offence to those who work in mac donalds, I love your fine establishment and frequent it regularly).
So... here's my email to him... my finger hovering over the send button right this minute.. Is this a good idea? My heart says yes, my head says no.
A few things I'd like to make you aware of, we'll probably end up having a meeting to discuss these but thought it would be a good idea to communicate these to you via email first.
1. The server role. I'm flattered you consider me able enough to fill C's shoes, however I think it would be unrealistic to assume I can support our sever based clients after just 2 weeks of training. Having been through the initial stages of the training I now recognise the iceberg that lay's beneath it! I simply don't have the fundamental skills, time, or passion to work this role. I suggest that you keep looking for someone already experienced in this field. I simply cannot be convinced otherwise, there is no incentive for me to have any desire to fill this position, especially with the added pressure, stress and learning involved.
2. Recruiting. I don't know what to say about this mate... how many more people are you going to recruit before you restore my original salary? When salaries were reduced we all took the agreement so that neither myself, C or M lost their jobs. Now the workforce has doubled and shows no sign of slowing down. The idea of employing someone just to "answer the phones and stuff" at the moment considering the sacrifice both me and C have made is no less than an insult!
I know we've touched on this before, and you said it's to do with the profitability of staff members. You don't seem to understand that we took the pay cut not to do with the profitability of the company, but to save one of our jobs! You cannot dip into employee's salaries due to the failings in your business model, that is simply not on. We gave up a lot. We expected it back. You seem to be giving it back to the business.
I do care about the survival of , but you certainly seem far more concerned with the expansion of the business than your employee's welfare.