You reminded me of myself when I just started out on IT job.
I jumped right into the fire when I joined an SI (System Integrator) company.
My skill was lacking at that time but the job was very, very demanding. I got complaints from very demanding customers, pressure from more senior and experienced colleagues and a very slave-driving boss.
Worst of all, I have signed a contract that need to work for at least 2 years.
Life was TERRIBLE! Everyday, all I think of was to resign and going to work was a DREAD.
In fact, many of my foreign colleagues left the company and run back to their own country when they cannot take the heat anymore.
It is not easy for my bosses to sue them when they are back to their own country and other do so by intentionally being rude to customers and force the boss to sack them(No compensation need when the employee is sack when on contract).
About 3 months after joining the company, I can no longer take it and I ‘inform’ one of my direct senior(one of the most nasty superior that I have ever worked with) that I am going to quit and I am willing to pay the company the compensation due to the breach of the contract.
But to me surprised, he cooly told me this “If you can work in this company for 2 years, you can survive any job in future!”
I don’t know why that sentence had so much power in it that I told myself that I am going to give it a shot again.
Life in that company was totally sucks for that 2 miserable years!
Any call from the customers at any time of the day, you are supposed to be on standby 24/7, 365 days a year! Many weekends are burned without compensation and most weekends, I am involved in server migration, network or server migration.
Can you imagine when customers call your mobile phone at 1 am or 6 am in the morning that they cannot send emails (most are senior management staff of our customers who is in other parts of the world).
In US, their day is our night! and you are expected to wake up start up your personal computer at home, remote to the customer’s laptop and fix the issue. Most of the time, these ‘senior management staffs’ have very little patient! They expect you to resolve their problem in minutes because their emails are ‘very important’!
The slightest delay, you will get a complaint and my boss would ‘invite’ me to the ‘cold room’ (his office) for a ‘good talk’!
When you have too many cases on hand and you cannot handle, my boss would ‘tell you off’ that you need to learn to ‘multi-task’!
That is why many of my seniors are also very short temper because of the pressure from the job.
When I am on site, my boss will keep calling me and ask me why I have not ‘completed’ my job and expect to get my ass back to the office soonest possible as there are tons of task waiting for me!
I often goes lunch at 3, 4 or 5 pm because you are not supposed to go for lunch until you finish that cases that you are handling.
There was once when I went to lunch at 4.30 pm. My boss asked me where am I going and I told him that I am going for lunch.
He then told me, can you get back by 4.40 pm, because he got a task for me to do and it is URGENT! 4.30 pm to 4.40 pm, that is only 10 minutes for your lunch!
Finally, I ‘GRADUATED’ from the UNIVERSITY of TOTAL BURNT OUT COMPANY after 2 years!
When my contract ends and I tendered my resignation, my boss tried all ways to retain me because I hardly ‘complain’, take all the shit from him and I take care of my juniors(I was promoted senior after 1 1/2 years on the job, but not pay raise and with more duties).
So most of my junior like to be with me because I always explain and help them when they cannot resolve cases. Maybe they reminds me of myself when I was new and I felt compel to help them through as much as possible.
As a matter of fact, I was completely burnt out after 2 years.
When I joined my current company, little did I expect that there was a major system migration in the whole Asia under our care. Shortly after 3 weeks on the job, I am expected to be completely independent, competent and fast to complete that crazy migration which had a very, very, very tight schedule.
For 3 months, I worked like mad, everyday leaving the office at 10 pm and back to the office sharp at 9 am the next day.
I completed the migration on time and many were surprise at me quick adaptability, speed and problem solving abilities!
Maybe I must thank my ‘cool’ but nasty senior for his ‘advice’. Yes, without that 2 years in hell, I think I can never do this migration, in fact, I think many who had not work for SIs may not be able to complete this kind of crazy migration too.
I am not trying to brag and I don’t wish anybody had to go thru what I went thru, because it still haunt me now about that damn bloody company!
However, life in Singapore had changed drastically for the last 10 years, the whole enviroment had become very stressful, people becoming more demanding and we live in a highly-pressurised society thanks to those PAP fxxkers!
However, I wondered if we want our children to live like this? Do we want to live like this for the rest of our lives? Is there any meaning to be ‘cheaper, better, faster’ like what that total fxxktart had said?
Editor’s note: This article was extracted from a comment found in Lady PMET frustrated over owed salary to agency for failure to complete four months of contract workNumber of View: 1927