Corporate Pawn

Just something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately…

Corporate America. The term makes me think of giant corporations that only care about the bottom line. Profits are their success marker and it doesn’t matter what they have to do to get them. I didn’t think I worked for one until recently.

I’ve come to realize that I’m being lied to and manipulated by the people, that until recently, I thought I could trust. For the past six months I’ve been working my butt off for a promotion and I’ve done everything the company has asked of me. When I inquire about when this promotion may happen (which is vital info for planning my life), I get the same response every time. “Soon.” I think it’s odd that just after HR heard a rumor that I wanted to leave the company they gave me an interview for an opening in north county. Didn’t get the promotion, but it made me think I was at least on the short-list for the next opening. However, two more have come and gone and I didn’t even get to interview for those. Manipulation. Like dangling a carrot in front of a horse to get it to walk.

I thought my boss had my back on the whole thing, but now he has transferred to another location. He asked me to go with him and proposed how good it would be for me to get a fresh start and how I’d get more exposure to the higher-ups at this other club. At first I thought it would be good, but now I see it for what it is. Just a play to stack the cards in his favor. He also asked two or three of my coworkers the same thing. He just wanted to take the best players with him to help himself be successful whether or not it was the best thing for any of us. I’m extremely disappointed.

On top of all this, I think I’ve also caught my DM in a bit of a lie. If not a straight u[ lie, then at minimum he’s been providing misleading information about mine and another employee’s futures with the company. This actually angers me and it takes a lot to upset me. Our company is consistently talking about “improving the team member experience.” Lies and deception do not qualify as improvements as far as I’m concerned.

At this point I’m unsure how to proceed. I was told both the DM and RVP will be at my club on Monday. I see this as an opportunity to ask some questions, be up front about my expectations and see how they respond. Perhaps this time they will come clean and be honest with me. But who am I kidding? I’m almost certain I’ll get the same old answers again. 

It’s frustrating and disappointing. I’ve put so much of my time and energy into this company and now I feel like they don’t care and are just stringing me along. I’m just a pawn in their corporate games.

It’s time for me to make the decision to stay or go. Which is it going to be? Check back soon to find out…


5 thoughts on “Corporate Pawn

  1. I hate to say it but welcome to the “suck”. In your case, if you keep giving they will keep taking. The best way to play the game is not to play it. Corporate executives are an overpaid bunch who change their minds constantly and never have any decisive direction. They’re a lot like women except they have penises and like to play golf a lot.

  2. A lot like women?

    Where did you find this joker, Jeff?

    Sounds like the talking monkey speaks out of his arse! I can tell you right here and now my decisive direction, were I near enough to do so, would be to box those oversized monkey ears…

    Okay, enough of that. Jeff, I think you already know what you have to do. If they mess you around again this and give you no real answers leave their rat-asses and go with West Coast Tri all the way! Wish I had won the lotto to be able to get you off the ground.

    Good luck my fine feathered friend. Hope it all goes well.

    P.S. We’re having the best summer ever in NZ…should be like this well through March!

  3. Yes, Cassie. Corporate executives act a lot like women. You’d have to be a man to understand that so don’t worry about it. Just want to make that clear. And I can talk out of any hole I wish. Thank you very much. We monkeys are a talented bunch that way.

    Have you ever thought about just going into business on your own? I’ve done it before and it’s nice. You’re in control, no one lying to you or misleading you. It’s just a thought. 80% of Americas success is based on small business people making a go of it and succeeding. Corporately owned companies account for such a small chunk of it really when you look at the bigger picture.

  4. Yes, I would love to start my own business. West Coast Tri has been on the drawing table for a bit over a year now. However, lately I’ve been taking more serious action to get it started.

    Should be off the ground in the next few months…at least partially. Will probably take some time to get up to full speed, but it will happen.

  5. Fair enough, monkey-man. And, I agree with doing your own thing in business. That’s the only way you’ll be able to look after #1 and call all the shots. West Coast Tri is the way, Jeff. It’s your passion. Follow that with all of your heart. XX

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