I'm having a really hard time with my job. (I almost typed that I hate my job but the only thing I really hate is the word hate so I don't want to misuse it.) There are some petty dislikes I could live with if it weren't for one big one that I can't get past: the schedule. Not only is there an on-call rotation (more on that below) but there is another rotation in the mix that could cause me to have to go into the office off-off hours (3 AM - 11 AM for example) and it's the sort of thing that is planned last minute - as in the day before. Yeah. That really doesn't work for a one-parent family. Not to mention they never told me about this second rotation during my lenghty interview process.
At my last job I was always on-call. They outfitted me with a laptop and cell phone and paid for my high-speed Internet access at home (I really miss those perks), but the on-call at the old company was nothing like the new company. At the new company, it's fix it right now, immediately and hey, we screw up a lot so you will have A LOT of work to do when you are on call. No plans away from home that entire week as you need to respond within fifteen minutes. Which sucks big time because I'd really like to enroll the twins in a Saturday morning toddler soccer program this fall and I can't. I will be on-call once during the session. At the last job, if it was off-hours, I usually had until the the start of the next day or all weekend for weekend issues. I rarely had to go into the office to fix something on the weekend and I was the only one on-call for my department.
I have never had a problem finding a job. In my twenties I quit a job and moved to a new town before I had a new one. And I had a new one within three weeks. When I decided to leave my last job, the one I have now was found very early in my search and was the only one I interviewed for. Now I am a parent with more responsibilities. And the job market is not the same as it was twenty years ago. I can't just quit. I mean, I could and go to a placement agency but if I was to find something, it probably wouldn't pay the mortgage and the sitters and the grocery bill all totaled up. As it is now, I am barely squeaking by and have to transfer money from my savings account to cover my monthly bills - a lot.
I really like the new company's core values, community involvement, diversity and they are very family friendly. If I could get into another department where there is no after-hours work involved, I think I could be very happy there. Unfortunatly, you need to be with the company a long time first and there are only two other departments that don't require after hours work.
I think about this all the time. And I dread going to work. Even after maternity leave and spending almost four months with my babies, I didn't dread my last job like I do this one. I've been looking for a new job. A lot. I even met with a placement agency. Unfortunately, I know a little about a lot of things but not a lot about just one thing - which is what they look for. Argh.