songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (Default)
I'm scheduled to take the job test on Saturday, for Chemist I for the big, super good local water company. I'm really excited - the job is much more what I want for the long term and the pay STARTS at $6700/month. (Let's not do the math comparing that to my current rate of pay, shall we?)

If I get the job (which is unlikely, really, at my level of lack-of-experience), I'll be abandoning my current job so fast their poor heads will spin. I'll feel bad for them, but if they want to keep good people, they should pay them well.

Anyway, I don't have a lot of information about what'll be on the test. There are sample tests online for other jobs at the company - there's one with basic maths and meter reading, but the only information I have is from an email from the guy setting up the testing. There'll be:

General Chemistry
Lab Procedures
Lab Instrumentation
Sample Collection and Processing
Quality Assurance
Data Analysis
Chemistry Calculations
Water & Wastewater Science

Um. UM?

Okay, it's been a long time since general chemistry. Will I have to balance equations? I have NO idea what they're going to ask. Lab procedures will probably be about whether or not to lick things. Maybe? Lab instrumentation is what the instruments do - that question I can answer easily.

Sample collection and processing is a bit harder again. I assume they don't mean the type of samples I'm getting at my current job, but they might. The processing is most likely what I'm doing now. Quality assurance is using blanks and such, that I can deal with.

Data analysis I haven't done at my current job, but I think I can answer questions about it. Chemistry calculations is ... sketchier. Without information, I'm at sea. Water and wastewater science... what are they looking for? How to produce biosolids and what they're used for?

Augh!

I think having a test for this position is new. They'd originally posted the job and said they'd accept the first 125 people with the minimum qualifications. I applied in a hot hurry, then got an email saying that they *had* to open the job up to 350 people, but those who'd made it into the first 125 would be automatically included, and did I want to schedule my test on the Friday or Saturday?

In other news, Merrie is working at my company now, in Sample Control. They'd hired some dude just after me, but he didn't work out. The job was too hard for him, both physically and mentall. Merrie, on the other hand, finished the 'week's worth' of reading in two days (it took the other guy the full week), and is now two days into Actual Work and has already re-organized and cleaned up both of the big walk-in freezers and learned more than half of the regular tasks.

I'm not at all surprised at this. There was a reason I kept insisting they interview her for the job and it's that she's sort of perfect for it. We haven't told them that she's fucking off to Sweden the second her resident's visa goes through.

I'm doing decently in my training as well, I think. I've passed my compentency tests (all of them, and Officially, so I'm good to go for a year without any worries), and I've had the chance to load a couple of instruments and make several actual working sample batches.

I'm going to go see if I can find out more about how the water company collects and processes samples. Good night!
songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (Default)
So, I took the job. It's not perfect, but it's a job-in-the-hand and I'm not foolish enough to pass that up, especially at this point in my career. I'm well warned about their work practices, and I'm very much an adult who's worked in toxic places, so I'm comfortable going into what might not the the most excellent job situation.

Really, though, right now I'm just delighted that I have a job finally, and that I'll be able to go back to paying my own bills and stuff. I'm so tired of being a Kept Woman, oh my gooooood.

I start May 30. The shift is Tues-Sat, 1-9:30 pm. It's always against commute, and I'll be coming home when it's cooler (it gets HOT where the job is). Oh, and the title is Volatiles Analyst, so I'll even have something reasonable to put on my resume later.

I'm hoping that Geordie and I will be able to go on a short trip between now and the 30th, to celebrate.

Phew

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May. 15th, 2017 06:51 pm
songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (Default)
I heard from the recruiters about the job. They called the recruiters and said that while they like me (I interviewed well) and they think I clearly know my stuff (I studied, ffs), they are worried that I might not do well in the high-stress environment and that my schedule might not be flexible.

I responded that they asked about those two exact things and I was explicitly clear that I LOVE high-stress environments and that I am entirely flexible about my schedule.

So then, the recruiter said the job said they, "want to give you a shot, they want to give you the opportunity to 'join the team'." Soooo, turns out they want to pay me $4 less per hour than I asked for. If they'd had that as their initial pay offer, I'd never have taken the fucking interview.

They have a really low rating on glassdoor.com for overwork and underpay and ... YUP. So Stachybotrys, this part of the company is the same as it was when you were there.

They asked if I'd be willing to START at the lower pay, with the possibility of a raise. I said, sure, if it's in a written contract with clear, measurable, reasonable, timely markers. Since they said it'll take 3 months to get to fully trained, I'd want the raise at 3 months.

The recruiters are telling them what I asked for (I didn't say the thing about wanting the raise at 3 months. I'll see if they actually come up with a contract.). If I get a contract to look at, it won't be until Wednesday. I figure they won't do it. OR, the milestones won't be measurable or achievable. Part of me wants to take it - I need the experience and I'm not getting any closer, but the other part is pissed off.

The recruiters have to call with updates, and they did say that they weren't expecting me to take the job at the lower pay. They wanted to know if I'd be willing to look at the contract, but didn't expect that I'd take it sight unseen. I don't know how the company is thought of in the industry, and I don't know how to check that part. I know that the experience would be good to have on my resume.

For the first 6 months, I'd be on the recruiting company's benefits. Regardless, I get them through Geordie.

This has made me aware of the different environmental testing companies in the area. I'll be applying to all of them. But yeah, it might be worth taking the job for the 6 months and then seeing. I mean, it's more money than I'm making now...

In fact, I've asked Geordie and I think I'll take the contract, if they offer, and use them (they're using me, so why not) to get the experience I need.
songscloset: Me with the sun flare on my face. (Default)
We're watching the Great British Bakeoff. It's as good as people said - the first two seasons were fun, and now we're watching the last one. It makes me quite pleased that I'm not on the show, though; seriously, they're thrown into the deep end from beginning to end, aren't they? Yikes.

Merrie's up in Seattle, at ECCC with friends. Geordie and I are enjoying the time on our own. We like having her at home, but it's funny to be just the two of us.

He and I have spent lots of time together alone - we have gone on weeks-long road trips together, literally just the two of us and no one else. Someone at his work said something about knowing people who, when they retired, had to learn how to spend time together without anyone else and that some of their relationships didn't survive the retirement. Geordie and I don't have to worry about that!

Which is good, because he's just been laid off, sort of. The company he worked for ... two years ago, I guess, was bought by a company which immediately was bought by a large computer company. The middle company wasn't really working out, so their product sort of stalled... which made the large company decide to cut its losses.

So, they've laid off half the staff in the group, which is about 120 people, including all of the salespeople for that group. The layoff is unusual: they're still nominally employed until May 1, and if they don't get a different job before that date, they get the full total of their vacation pay, and they get both the stock options vested immediately and the full quantity of the 4-year bonus program that they'd originally been offered.

They're being paid for the period between now and May 1, they're welcome to come into the office and have as much of the free breakfasts and lunches as they want, and they can still ... work? (only, there aren't any tasks for them to do). I think we'll be going on a trip in these next couple of months.

He's been looking at jobs in other parts of the country, both in the Portland Or area and maybe up in New England. He'll really like New England, although I'll freeze for the 6 months of winter. I prefer the Pacific Northwest, myself. I fit better into the culture and I love the mystical redwood forests.

I've been doing lots of knitting, and I think I forgot to post there that I finished the Hobbit fanfic that I'd been working on for over two years. I'm super proud of it; I'm still writing side bits of the story, but I'm honestly thinking of finding out if I can print it out and get it bound, so I can have it on my own shelves. I can get Scrivener to compile it to ebook format and then use Lulu, maybe? It's nearly 300K words, though, so it's fucking massive.

Anyway, there's lots of work to do, even though I don't yet have a job. Ugh.

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