It’s a very quiet and gloomy day at the office today. There was an announcement that the plant will be closing down next year. It’s a shock to everyone because it seems like a move that just doesn’t make sense. Why would the company pour money into the plant only to pour it down the drain? When I first started working here, I saw this plant as a place where I could retire from but now it doesn’t seem like that’s possible. The news will give everyone about a year and a half, if we’re lucky to do something about it. It’s sad news to hear but at the same time, I feel as if a heavy burden was lifted off of my shoulders. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still scary to hear that you’ll be out of the job soon but I think that a year and a half is a good length of time to be notified.
I wasn’t sure where my career was going before working here. But after working here for almost three years, I started to see it as a place where I can further my skills and improve myself. There were a few times when I wanted to jump ship because I didn’t quite understand where the company was going. I saw where the company was going but I couldn’t follow where my organizational unit was heading. I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to grow professionally in my current role when the next role I could get was a manager position. I don’t think my manager would like it too much if I told him that I wanted his job.
My first few months in the company were great. My manager knew how to manage people and get things done but as the days go by, my manager slowly drifted away. Eventually, he was promoted and another manager took his place. After a year or so, that manager was replaced. The bad thing about getting these new managers was the fact that they were stationed at another location. This made things harder because when I needed to get in touch with them, it had to be done through email. Sometimes I would get a response and other times I would be waiting days, or even months for a reply. These managers have their own subordinate to take care of so my coworkers and I were always second priority. It was bad enough when he basically told me that my job can be done by any random person off the street. Apparently, he’s not here often enough to see the type of work that I do so he doesn’t know what I’m capable of. My first manager knew exactly what I can and can’t do. You can’t manage people that aren’t under the same roof as you are. It’s hard because there’s no visibility. You can’t lead if you can’t see where you’re going.
I’ve been doing the same task every day. Well, not exactly the same task but it does become a bit repetitive. When I first started working in I.T., I assumed that I would fix a problem and would hear about that problem anymore but as it turns out, the same problem keeps occurring. And this isn’t just problems that are caused by the users, these are problems that are caused by other I.T. guys. After a while, my job doesn’t seem as challenging as it once was. I even try to get training for other I.T. task in hopes that it might make things a bit more challenging but even my request for training was shot down. I’ve been applying for training for a couple of years now and I still have heard back as to whether it has been approved or not. Now, it seems like it’s pointless to ask for any more training.
A while back, there was a project that was started to save the company money. This meant that a lot of things had to be cut in order to provide a savings. It’s a weird internal structure that I didn’t quite understand. At the end of the day, the company saving money is the same company who’s doing the charging. So in order to keep me at my site, my job had to be justified. The daily work that I do justifies itself. I don’t know how much they charge for my work but they must be charging a lot and paying me a little.
I like working here because the pay is okay, job is good, the people are great and it’s close to home. There aren’t a lot of people these days who can say what I say about my job. Yes, there are a few people whom I have problems with but that’s a part of almost every job. This plant seems to be big but at the same time everyone knows who the other some is. I could walk around the plant and wave to just about everyone I see. It’s a very laid back environment to be working and I’ve never worked in an environment like this. I highly doubt and can only hope that my next place of employment will be like this. I’ve been told that my two coworkers and I will be relocated but I see this as an opportunity to move on to something bigger and better.