I worked for a company similar to that. I got hired without any experience and without any knowledge of how company's worked. and he took total advantage of it. I was told in the beginning of working for him that if I had to leave to get parts for any job my time would stop and wouldn't get paid until i got back to the site with my parts. So basically I would be out for 10-12 hours a day and SOMETIMES pull an 8 hour day. Usually a 6-7 hour day. And I thought this is how all company worked and I wanted to leave the trade. Until I got on this site and started reading around and actually asked questions about it and found out what he was doing was wrong. The training he taught me as well wasn't worth anything. I never once seen him use a micron gauge. Hardly ever did he use a liquid line drier. Or suction driers on burn outs. A/C low on gas? dump gas in it and wait for them to call again. I ended up leaving the company and have never looked back. I work for a great company with all the overtime I'd like. Don't think you're stuck at a place like that. Company's would kill for a good tech that actually uses micron gauges and takes the time to do things right, not fast. Look around, i'm sure you'll find another company willing to take you in.
I would say from what I have seen most places dont use micron gauges and throw most of the book out the window. Im not saying it right because I dont think it is. I think they get by for the time being but like many said it all comes back to you some how. I learned in school to tripple sweep a system, I dont think I have done that out in the feild more then once or twice. Im not saying that we dont pressure test then pump our systems down, what im saying is we dont do the tripple sweep I was taught in school.
When I worked at my first job in the field was a major oil company and had a few older techs that did A/C service and we used micron gauges and if they did superheat or subcooling they did it in there head or away from me because I never saw it. The second company I worked for did nothing to help there installs or service. Pump a system down over night or from noon to 2:30 and call it good enough. My boss had the aditude of screw the customer. If they felt they needed 500 dollars to go out to the call or to make the bills well that contactor is going to 295 dollars with whatever else BS fees they could come up with. I hated it. The company Im with know uses superheat, supcooling, micron gauges, changes the vaccum pump oil every 20 times the pump is used. Its a big diffrence.
As for the check bouncing I would let it happen once but that would be it after that I would not return to work. I would also not return till the first bounce check cleared. The people I have known that keep working when there bosses dont pay them are the burnouts and the people who wont go far in life. Start looking for a new job.
The funny thing is I found something in almost everyone's post that reflects my company. The racing to the bank thing is exactly what happens every Friday but this is the first time I was unlucky enough to draw the short stick. Everyone that works for him is a criminal of some sort or a burnout except for me so they have to take it I guess. Thanks for all the replies, very helpful forum; I quit today. I just hope I'll be able to find something in the slow season.
good for you Hawk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
true knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
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Originally Posted by Hawkins990
Some stuff to reflect on.
There was a popular self help book out several years ago, called "the seven habits of highly effective people."
My favorite was habit #7: "sharpen the saw."
Take this time to "sharpen your saw." Perfect and gain any skills that you think you are lacking. Take tests to find your weak areas, and study to make them strong.
By the time you find a good employer, you will be prepared.
You just might want to read the whole book. This stuff was common knowledge when I was a kid.
It is VERY UNcommon today.
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