Well, your smart to not quit your job before getting another.
The no-so-smart part is thinking that work ethic has anything to do with working 70-80 hrs/wk.
The only question I have is, what would you rather be doing?
I'm 24 years old and an Assistant Branch Manager at a major car rental agency (take a guess..). Anyways, I well over the whole program and find myself itching to get out. There are a few things holding me back from pulling the trigger. First one, and admittedly the least important is money. I have advanced fairly quickly with the company and am making very good money for my age especially over the lucrative summer months in the rental industry. However, this get put into perspective when you factor in that I work 60-70 hours/week. This is not a deterrent for me, my work ethic is one of my best qualities, I'm just nowhere near happy doing what I do anymore. But, I'm not here to bash my employer. The more important issue with me leaving my current position is that I do not know where to go from here. I just can't figure out what I want to do with myself, I just know that I'm not happy right now and need a change. Does anyone have any advice or experience coming from a retail management position. My initial goal was to use my experience in my companies management training program to springboard onto something else. I'm ready to jump, I just don't know where to land..
I'm willing to share more details about myself or my current employer if needed, I just wanted to keep this as short as possible.
How about this, stick it out with them for a full 12 months. Work your ass off to be the best producer. Happily adopt all the changes that Corporate dreams up. Try to make your office the highest producer in your area.
Then come back and say you want to quit. Until that point, you are just saying that you don't like hard work. How is that making you more marketable?
Seriously, there are a ton of Fortune 500 companies that LOVE to hire successful employees from Enterprise (or whichever one you're working at). Why? Because they have a work ethic and aren't afraid to put in the hours it takes to get the job done.
Much better to be effective.
I had a friend that got himself fired, because he obsessed over making his work (architecure) perfect. The bosses, who budgeted and billed the customers, got tired of the long nights and weekends worth of work.
My first job out of college was outside sales of a terribly boring product, which meant lots of horrific cold calls. I HATED it. So much so that I went back to school. But I stuck it out for a little more than a year, did what they asked, produced, and did well.
More than 10 years later, I was talking about that job in an interview this week. No matter what field you go in to, being able to prove that you successfully helped grow a business/increase revenue/move more units/etc are going to be desirable to an employer. Not to mention being able to prove that you stuck with something and saw it through, even if it was challenging and not enjoyable.
Ironically, I've also realized that I don't hate sales. I hated that type of sales. So maybe you don't hate retail, but you hate moving rental cars. So get enough experience and move over to a similar position for a cool product that you love.
I reently graduated from colledge with my business diploma (marketing) in hand and started looking for a proper job. Well i went and applied with enterprise. had 2 intervews (1 of them was 1.5hrs long lol) and got hired for the position u started out in.
The pay is pretty poor IMO little more then $15/hr? (i know its a recisession and i should be glad to have a job). but then i told my previous P/T emplyeer that i was going into this and would stay P/T becuase i really liked the job.
Well ive decided to go get my degree and bail out of enterprise. what am i doing now? truding through the mud putting irrigation pipe in making WAY more money then i would there. I just didnt think it would be for me and going back to school would be put off for a few more years seeign as they said they wanted someone "long term".
When i had to call to decline the job it was hard to do but were linked in friends, sorry "connections" now.
Mk1 crowd:: Put your bumpers back on!!
If Enterprise is the actually the place of work, I would suggest leave it as soon as you'll find another job. Completely different way of thinking combined with straight lies. It seems, like their commission/profit sharing structure bent way too far. I doubt person with normal ethics would be able to stay there for 6 months.
On advise to gear up and make ton of money for them and then say "I am quit", I personally would not even bother. Just do the math, how much you are making, how many hrs you work and it might turn out the place(company) is not the best.
I am looking for a job in Transportation, Logistics, Distribution or International Trade. Analysis, Planning, Operations.
If you find filling out the paper work so I can drive your crappy econo car for a week difficult you should stay.
Its no different then McDonalds .
- Also fck enterprise , not only do I not rent my cars from you clowns (I travel every week) , I also dont understand your assclown policy of need a college edumacation to fill out the paper work I already did online ....
Again , Do you want frys with that is the next step down.
Last edited by Chilledman; 07-03-2012 at 11:24 AM.
I went through a similar management trainee program with 84 Lumber. Hired anyone with a college degree, work 65-70 hours a week for peanuts and (if you pay attention) they teach you sales and business. It's almost a paid internship. I worked hard and got moved up in 6 months. After another year there I moved on to another company but my time with 84 is always a high point on my resume. I have run into other ex 84 manager trainees as I have changed jobs over the years. Overall, we carry a good reputation.
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