I have a dilemma I would love to see some discussions on.
I have been working as a contractor for 10 years for a large company; I will just pick three random letters for the name,,,, ibbm. I have had what could best be described as the ultimate job ever. It was work at home, paid well, ample opportunity to learn and grow, and best of all direct contact with the customer to understand their needs and fill them. Very satisfying.
Now on Jan 2nd of this year I logged back on as usual and found my VPN access was shutoff and my direct team lead failed to answer my calls.
I called my contract company to have them inquire and they learned my contract had been terminated, however they would give me the choice to relocate to Iowa and work in a new GDF. I was told I would have the same job as before, just be located in a facility. After some careful thoughts and a view of the current job market where I lived, I figured, heck why not have an adventure. So I up and moved to Iowa. When I arrived I learned the sad truth, I did not have the same job, and the expectation was I, as a skilled and knowledgeable contractor, would train full time employees how to do my job. These FTE's were making considerably less money than me, which is about right for their skills and experience. In some cases I am training folks that have almost zero UNIX skills, 90% of my job. What I have learned is there is also a small band of folks that are really taking advantage of this situation and exploiting massive overtime. Even though the rule is comp time to keep the costs low, the whole idea of a GDF. I see many such discrepancies going on around me at the expense of the customers.
As of now I have decided not to work here anymore. I will finish out this month and move back where I came from. No job lined up yet, but I would rather flip burgers than be treated less than human.
The dilemma, are you still with me, is how to best exit from this place.
I do not wish to make a scene and also know that anything I may say will most likely fall on deaf ears. There are a lot of folks building kingdom's and do not wish this to be disturbed. The manager seems oblivious to it all and leaves the day to day running to the team leads, who are the ones building kingdoms.
My best thinking is something along the lines of:
1. Type up a project hand off sheet same as I have done many times when I take time off for vacation and such. Email this to my team lead 10 minutes after he leaves the office on my last day.
2. Send an email to my contracting firm, 10 min past closing time, on my last day informing them of my decision to terminate this contract. This contract by the way does not spell out any timelines or how to's when either party terminates.
3. Pack up and move.
There is a side of me that really wants to lay out all the issues I have here, however that would only make the Manager look bad if others saw it. And I don't really have any other contacts to send it to other than him, so he will most likely read and destroy. I have not told of all the injustices I have endured since I came here to Iowa, but believe me there are many. I know of 3 others in my shoes that are leaving as well. Maybe this is just a rant and rave session more than an ethical dilemma, but I do not have any trusted ears here in Iowa so I thought I would just throw this out in the tek-tips world and see what it sparked.
Thankx for listening.
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