Today I went to orientation at The New Job (which needs a blog-name). The more I learn about the company, the more I can see myself working there until I am old and gray. There are so many great things about the place, but I don't want to say too much because pseudonymity. I will say that they are currently one of Fortune 500's "100 Best Companies to Work For," and with good reason. They offer excellent benefits (PET INSURANCE, FFS!), donate every scrap of unserved food (including their fryer grease, which fuels biodiesel taxis in the nearest major city), do lots of good and charitable work to eradicate hunger, and any employee can have all of the soup and bread they want for free "because we're in the business of delicious food, and our employees should never be too hungry to do a good job" (coming from The Ritzier, where a line cook was recently written up for letting a hungry employee who is down on their luck have a bowl of oatmeal that they were about to throw out at the end of breakfast service, I think that is especially wonderful) (no, I was not the cook or the down-on-their-luck employee in question--The Ritzier's oatmeal is not certified GF). Today the GM let us all order whatever we wanted from the menu for lunch (within reason, as in "no filets, y'all! You'll get to taste one during training anyway"), and I had a cheeseburger on a GF bun that was less a meal and more a religious experience (IT WAS SO FREAKING GOOD OMG). Employees kept stopping by the table and introducing themselves and welcoming us, and I didn't see a single person wearing the "I hate my life and my job" face I've grown so used to seeing (and wearing) at The Ritzier. At the end of the meal, we were each encouraged to order a complimentary dessert to go to take home to our family and celebrate our new job, which is exactly what I did (yes, they have GF desserts and they are AMAZING).
Today was a good day.
As far as The Ritzier, I do not plan to quit any time soon (although they may well fire me for blowing them off for this week's training class at The New Job, and I wouldn't be terribly sad about it although it's not what I want to have happen) because my minivan and my loose left front crown are in a race to see who can screw me first. Ideally I would like to work both jobs until I've replaced the minivan and built up a bit of a cushion to fall back on should the tooth fall out, but we'll see...I've held back a LOT on saying how miserable that place makes me, and they're breaking a LOT of labor laws involving things like minimum wage, breaks, favoritism, EEOC stuff, tax laws...the list goes on and on. I don't know a single person there who likes their job and is optimistic about where the company is headed. Which is a real shame, because from the outside it looks like a great place to work, they have a nice location, and there is no reason for them to be as inconsiderate as they are to their employees. We'll see if I can hang in there, and if I can't it's not the end of the world.
I'm still worried about a lot of things (Hotter's health, my tooth and the van, how money will work out until I start earning the big bucks at The New Job*), but I'm feeling more optimistic than I have since before things went to hell at The Ritz.
* About that...as of right now things are still not quite going to work out, but we're getting close! Thank you to all of the generous MFA Microlenders who are helping me keep our ship of fools afloat en route to better things here, and I'll keep y'all posted!