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Old 09-19-07, 11:15 AM   #1
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My job is going down the drain...

I don't know why I'm posting this. I just need to VENT.

I've been working at my current place of employment for almost two years, and it's a fantastic company to work for. I was hired on as the first/only IT specialist. In April, they hired an IT director, which was fine with me. I realized this was bound to happen, as I just don't have the kind of experience a fast-growing company needs. My main job is "supposed" to be our web site and SEO (search engine optimization). I built it from the ground up, along with the marketing specialist who helped in the design, and it has gone from an amateurish site with loud graphics and no web presence, to a very professional, eye-pleasing web site with a significant presence in web searches. I was always told by the owners of the company that the web site is "my baby", and it always will be. And I'm damn proud of what it's become.

Well, now the IT director has gone and hired a web developer (not quite, but it's in the works). Oh, and this web developer is a friend, no less, of the IT director. I've been told the web site is still my responsibility. I have a lot to learn as far as web programming goes, but as busy as we've been, I haven't had the chance to learn more, and I think that's why they've hired someone else. I've made it clear that web development is what I want to be doing, and that help desk stuff is the first thing I could get rid of if I had to get rid of something. With the amount of people we've been hiring, help desk stuff is what I've primarily been doing for the past couple months.

I know my job is secure and I make good money, but this is just not what I imagined it becoming. I think I'm being pushed out of my favorite part of the job, and I just want to cry.

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I totally empathize with you, I'm feeling the same way ~ I've been with my current employer for almost 9 years and I really haven't 'felt the love' for at least the last three or four years...I'm not sure what's next but I think I've already stuck around here too long...
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Old 09-19-07, 11:20 AM   #3
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Old 09-19-07, 11:20 AM   #4
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April, sorry to hear this.

I know that years back, my wifes' boss resigned and my wife was sure that the woman who was replacing him was going to be horrible to work for/with. The new boss and my wife became a great team and as the boss moved up the ladder, she has taken my wife with her. Salary has doubled, bonus plan in place and lots of perks/freedom.

My point is, that although this may seem bad, it may work out great for you Apri. I hope so anyway!
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Old 09-19-07, 11:26 AM   #5
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remember, though, that the company owns that website. although you worked on it, and built it from the bottom up, it's not yours. this is a major drawback when doing creative type work for another company and employees often get wedged out at some point especially when they're growing. it sucks, but it's just how it is.

if you're really good at this type of work, maybe you should consider branching out and working for yourself?
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Old 09-19-07, 11:26 AM   #6
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This has happened to me before and I took the high road. I made sure that I made my boss look good and he took care of me.

I would completely cooperate with the new web developer as much as possible. Your company will still need you as you don't have a high hourly rate like they will. This will make the new IT director value you that much more. Once you have gained his trust, let him know that you don't want to do help desk stuff anymore. If the company is really growing fast, then they will likely need both an internal web person and the external consultants.

In the meantime, I would study after hours and learn more about web dev and maybe even get a certification. That way you will have more options if you decide to leave.
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Old 09-19-07, 11:27 AM   #7
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hey, i lost my job to china, dont feel so bad. If it turns out to be not the job you want, look around? Currently i have a nice lady from a direct hire/placement company that wants to work with me and find a job, based on a very crappy monster.com resume. I had someone from work tell me that they knew I would find something better and everything happens for a reason....so i forward that message to you

maybe take some night classes or something to learn more? I dont know anything about the IT world...
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jsharr, thank you for the kind words. I was unable to put a positive spin on it until I read your post.

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remember, though, that the company owns that website. although you worked on it, and built it from the bottom up, it's not yours.
I do realize this, and I know the company will do whatever they feel is best. I don't feel I own the website in anyway, but I do feel I'm being pushed to the side, and it's not a pleasant feeling. I'm considering talking to the owner(s), as I really don't have any idea what this developer will be doing, and I'd like a clearer picture on where I stand.

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts/suggestions.
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Be not frustrated by work frustrations but rather expect and be prepared for it. Many of us have to learn that a workplace is nothing like what we expect it to be when we are young. Fairness, common sense, and/or equality are neither guaranteed, nor probable.

Don't get emotionally invested in your job too much. Because as mentioned, it's their company, their money, and their website. They can make it soar or drive it into the dirt. You have no control. The only thing you control is whether or not you work there and most importantly how you let things effect you.

Just let go and go along for the ride. Chances are that your paycheck will have the same numbers on it regardless, so smile...be happy....and waste lots of company time on bikeforums.
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Just curious what is the website? If you don't want to reveal publicly can you PM me?

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I don't know why I'm posting this. I just need to VENT.

I've been working at my current place of employment for almost two years, and it's a fantastic company to work for. I was hired on as the first/only IT specialist. In April, they hired an IT director, which was fine with me. I realized this was bound to happen, as I just don't have the kind of experience a fast-growing company needs. My main job is "supposed" to be our web site and SEO (search engine optimization). I built it from the ground up, along with the marketing specialist who helped in the design, and it has gone from an amateurish site with loud graphics and no web presence, to a very professional, eye-pleasing web site with a significant presence in web searches. I was always told by the owners of the company that the web site is "my baby", and it always will be. And I'm damn proud of what it's become.

Well, now the IT director has gone and hired a web developer (not quite, but it's in the works). Oh, and this web developer is a friend, no less, of the IT director. I've been told the web site is still my responsibility. I have a lot to learn as far as web programming goes, but as busy as we've been, I haven't had the chance to learn more, and I think that's why they've hired someone else. I've made it clear that web development is what I want to be doing, and that help desk stuff is the first thing I could get rid of if I had to get rid of something. With the amount of people we've been hiring, help desk stuff is what I've primarily been doing for the past couple months.

I know my job is secure and I make good money, but this is just not what I imagined it becoming. I think I'm being pushed out of my favorite part of the job, and I just want to cry.

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Old 09-19-07, 07:47 PM   #12
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I know my job is secure and I make good money, but this is just not what I imagined it becoming. I think I'm being pushed out of my favorite part of the job, and I just want to cry.

Don't ever think your job is secure. The world is changing so fast that to feel secure is nearly impossible. A lot more than telemarketing and factory work is being sent over to india and china.

In your case I would see it wouldn't be hard to say that they hire the new web developer and you start to lose some responsibilities till you become a help desk guy. As soon as they realize that's all you're doing then they say, 'why are we paying this veteran as much as a web developer while we can pay some hot shot college grad a lot less to do the same job." Go there with a can do attitude and make an effort to do more. Be proactive about everything. Take on more responsibilities without strictly being given them. Become irreplacable.
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Old 09-20-07, 11:01 AM   #13
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I hate to the the omen of bad things to come but I see that as the writing on the wall. Had something similar happen when I built a site for a college and the board of trustees hired an outside consultant who was friends with them and the mayor. All political but they conveniently 'forgot' to put in my paperwork (every year my paperwork had to be in) and I found I didn't have a job two days later.

Start spitting out resumes, your job isn't secure and they're already looking to replace you. Leave on a high note when you have something to show for it before they bring in someone that destroys it (which is what happened to me - they destroyed the site and now I can't even use that as a reference of work except for some screen shots).

It sounds like you'd rather be moving forward on the web design instead of help desk. Use this as an opportunity to go somewhere else and work in what you want to, get more education and push your career ahead.

Also, if you leave before they can bring in someone they may have to hire you as a consultant to train the new person.
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Just vent here all you want April....I'm sure it will not be as bad as you fear.
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I totally empathize with you, I'm feeling the same way ~ I've been with my current employer for almost 9 years and I really haven't 'felt the love' for at least the last three or four years...I'm not sure what's next but I think I've already stuck around here too long...
Dang Randya you summed up my job situation. As for me, my next step is go back and finish my degree.
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I totally empathize with you, I'm feeling the same way ~ I've been with my current employer for almost 9 years and I really haven't 'felt the love' for at least the last three or four years...I'm not sure what's next but I think I've already stuck around here too long...
Same going on here. And the numbers are almost the same as well. Going on 10 years, and the job has been crap for the last 4.

Things are happening though.

Just to cheer you up: There's a solution to every problem.
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Old 09-20-07, 12:58 PM   #18
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I'm on year 10 on my job (ICU RN) ... we just started some new database software that SUCKS! (Cerner) and is making our miserable life more miserable. At the end of my grueling shift I was told there was a staff meeting. "What? Sorry, I didn't hear you." and out the door I went. I'll catch heck for that at some point in time ... but do I care?



My problem is that the money is pretty good (for my field) even though the job sucks. Plan: pay off house early then move on.
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