I recently graduated from tech school under the HVAC program, and recently got a job at a hotel doing facilities maintenance. Not exactly what I went to school for, but I figured it would be good expirience since I had nothing to offer a company except my schooling.
Now to the expectations... I expected a few things. First off I expected to be trained properly for a few weeks before I was thrown to the sharks so to speak. Instead I only got trained for three days, and this was mostly sitting around chatting and watching TV much to my dismay, and then I was thrown onto the night shift where I stay to this day ( two months ago ). Im now told just to figure stuff out on my own... which I do, but if I cannot figure something out then im scolded by the morning crew who tell me that im not a good employee. These are not my managers... just co-workers, but the words hurt none the less.
Secondly I expected that hard work would be rewarded with at least a modicum of respect... i'm always on time, never miss a day and do not slack off on the job. From the moment I arrive im running around doing my multitude of tasks until time comes to leave. Not only do I get absolutely no respect from my co-workers, but instead they complain every morning about how "you do nothing at night"... this floors me everytime I hear it. I feel like my hard work is all for naught since im sure my boss only hears negative things about me, but since I never see my boss I wouldnt really know.
I feel like this job was a decent enough place to start, but should I expect this kind of thing everywhere I go?!
Maybe im being too emotional about this, and need to get a thicker skin... today this same employee got up in my face and it seemed like physical violence was emminent though. My adrenaline was pumping and I wasnt backing down, but the whole time I was thinking "this is not the time or place for this"... god... this whole thing is depressing.