|Forum topic by MomTheBuilder||posted 07-08-2016 12:37 PM||1961 views||0 times favorited||92 replies|
07-08-2016 12:37 PM
Hi! This is my first post here. I thought you guys would be a good place to seek advice and opinions. Forgive me if this is not the correct forum or in some way prohibited, if so please delete/move as needed!
I am relatively new to woodworking, strictly speaking. I’ve always been a DIY’er, made many a crude structure with limited teaching, tools or resources. The past couple of years I’ve greatly improved my skill and even have my very own ever growing personal shop! I’ve not entered into selling yet but, I recently took a job in a small but growing high end custom cabinetry and mill work shop. The starting pay was $10 hr with a 90 day probation period to end with an evaluation and compensation determined based on performance.
In the six months I’ve been there I have successfully completed every task put before me with results nearly equal my co-workers with several years at the company. I excelled in drawers. My trainer confident enough to allow me to run an OMEC 750 by myself while he went to chop out more material, MY FIRST DAY! By the end of my first week I was basically the new drawer person using the dovetailer, rip saw, ras, 22in planer, whirlwind with tiger stop, table saw, changing blades for dados and such, Martin slider, routers, shapers, 1×8 belt sander and 42in wide belt drum sander with little to no supervision. Shortly thereafter, I was “promoted” to face frames where I still reside. I have trained others for drawers and face frames. I can build dovetailed drawers and mortis and tenon frames from 4/4 all the way to finishings door. I can do some case assembly. I can size, sand and edge profile doors. I can make solid stock, set up a router table or rough mill an entire kitchen of lumber in a day! I get along with everyone, I rarely miss work, I get my work done with a good attitude, I take care of the tools and machines (even trusted to square, calibrate and repair things!) I clean up my messes and others! I organize and deep clean. I know where things go and where things are. I’m honest and readily admit when I’ve made a mistake. I notice costly errors and correct them before they progress. Basically, I do a good job!
I finally, last week, had my 90 day review (going on six months here). We’ve been busy shorthanded etc etc. Fine, it happens, it’s cool. The only negative thing they had to say, which I new was coming, was that I need to get there earlier. I’ve been late by their standards about once a week. Now, I’ve been legitimately late on a couple occasions. But if I walk in the door and the buzzer goes off before I make it to the time clock, I’m late. I’m talking like 80% of my tardiness is literally one minute late! We do not work on a “line,” my work is always caught up and then some. I’m always there a few minutes after the last bell, shutting off lights, fans, machines etc. I stay late and work overtime when needed/asked. All in all, I think I make up for this one area of weakness that in no way affects my otherwise above average performance.
Today was payday. Still a whopping $10 an hour! I inquired when I would be getting a raise. I was told when I start coming in on time. I made my points, competition starts at $12.40 with $1.90 per year possible based on several factors each contributing a partial percentage of the total. I told them that I do not agree with this all or nothing approach to raises and put in my two weeks. He’ll see what he can do, gotta talk it over with the big boss. Am I expecting too much, or are they? Did I mention the carpal tunnel surgery two weeks after I started, and I still came to work and did my job!
If you made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read it! Sorry it got so long. I really just don’t know what to say! I think I’m worth more than that! What do you think?