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New Job! Finally

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by Dustin_m, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Dustin_m

    Dustin_m Active Member

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    So I was reading Taco's thread and thought i'd post up my recent move up into a better job.

    I've been working for a general contractor for about 6 months as a drafter. They did mostly outdoor stuff like patio covers, decks, concrete, etc. Pretty much all small stuff. I was getting paid crap money, $12/hour, and the owner was a shady asshole. I never really had many problems w/ him, but I saw how he treated his other employees, and didn't like it. He violated a lot of labor laws with the regular construction workers, and their dumbasses never would say anything about it. The only thing i ever really butted heads w/ him on was that I had worked a few hours overtime and was told by the bookkeeper that the owner would not pay overtime. I kept quiet for a while, knowing that the law was on my side on that issue and that I wanted to find another job first. The other thing was that when I interviewed they asked me if I could use my laptop temporarily until they got a new comp set up for me since I was the first drafter at the company. That was cool and all, but they always put it off and after 6 months,still no computer for me to work on

    So on top of that stuff, business slowed down to the point that they were calling me in the evenings saying not to come in the next day because there were no projects. I started looking for other jobs, and after a few interviews, I landed a new drafter position at another gen. contractor.

    This place is great. I'm not making much more, only $14/hour, but it's full time, guaranteed hours, and the homes that we do are f'ing huge. This company builds homes almost exclusively in Rancho Santa Fe, which is an area near San Diego that is one of the top richest zip code's in the nation. The smallest home that I have seen here so far is around 9,000 sq. ft. and they go all the way up to about 18,000 sq. ft. The prices range from around 8 mil to close to 20 million.

    Right now we are doing a home for David Justice, the ex baseball player, and are trying to land a project w/ some ex football player, not sure of the first name, but his last name's Griffith. I think he played for the Vikings but not completely sure.

    As for the old job, I didn't even give a notice, just went in and gave a resignation letter and explained that I couldn't afford to give a notice and waste a week or two there when I could start at the new job immediately. They were a little upset, but knew I had a damn good point and I did end up leaving on good terms.

    So yea, thats is, just thought I'd share.
     
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    good move. can't waste your life working for retards who won't even get a drafter a computer.
     
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    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    Good luck man.
     
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    congrats!
    i know the Rancho Sante Fe area.. it has a nice ass twisty road to haul ass down.. my best friend lives in Del Mar just west of RSF ..
     
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    I take Via De La Valle for about 10 miles, all curves back and forth. It's a fun drive. I went really slow the first couple times, not knowing the road, but now i'm having a little fun with it when theres no traffic. Only thing is, its narrow, and theres potholes everywhere. For being a very wealthy area, they sure do have shitty quality roads.
     
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    werd. They did buy a Dell m1330 for me at one point, i was like wtf? a 14.1" screen for CAD? it was fast though. Then 3 or 4 days later the owner realized it was a nice laptop so he just took it one day to keep for himself.
     
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    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    They're usually privately held, and rich people are cheap as fuck when it comes to roads.



    But, look for incentives in a company like that, and don't break your back for them. Big houses, have big profit margins, and its ridiculous how hard people work for these companies for nothing.
     
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    nice move

    report your old boss to the labor board
    then report him to the IRS
    you could get a reward if you use your real name :)
     
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    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    not sure if there's much the labor board will do if the other guys aren't coming forward for themselves. as far as IRS, for what? doing work under the table like that?
     
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