Personal Victory

Every time my boss calls me on Skype (he did this four times yesterday, which is more than usual), I expect him to ask him to work the weekend.

I expect this because he does ask, in his round about way.

He’ll tell me how many of our clients have events this weekend. He said these words, “we gotta whip our team into shape for this.”

Usually when he says things like, I’ll volunteer myself like the eager beaver I am. Perhaps that’s why he thought if he called me to tell me just how swamped and shitty the weekend will be for them, I’ll feel sorry for refusing to work weekends and offer.

I have zero sympathy left for them, really.

Since they’ve “saved” some money from cutting my pay for the entire of 2015, they’ve gone on to hire 3 developers in our Canadian office. Our company had operated on developers working from China for lower pay than Canadian ones simply because developers in Canada would be “out of our budget”.

While it did piss me off initially, I understand they made a sound business decision for their company; they had a eager employee who was bending over backwards to help their company, so why not take advantage of her and redistribute financial assets for more valuable skills.

But I’m a contractor now. Which means I should be operating for my own benefits. That means: whatever additional responsibilities or services their company requires from me; they have to pay more. I’m no longer a salaried chump that has to do whatever they say.

My “boss” (or are they my clients, now?) called me yesterday to tell me about how his partner is going to have to be awake at 4 am in the morning to help our east coast clients. There was a long pause. I said, “wow, that sucks” and nothing more. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I honestly have no need for this information… so the only plausible reason I can think of for him to tell me, is to hope that I’d offer to pitch in.

Anyhow. I’m hoping this is the last time I’ll ever have to write about working with this company. I don’t like to waste more time/energy thinking about all the ways they screwed me over. I do consider it a personal victory though, now that I know I can say, “No, I’m not your under-paid chump anymore.”

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