Saturday, August 21, 2010

The cat's out of the bag

I've been at my current job for 13 and a half years. I recently finished the last new studio. Now it's official: I have installed every piece of equipment, and ran every cable.

Every time my contract was up, usually every two years, my position has been advertised, so that if there was a qualified Caymanian who applied, the employers were required to give them the job. For me it sucked, having my job advertised, but I could see it was a good law.

Well this time, someone else got my job.

Only the timing makes it more maddening. When my position was advertised, I had residency. In between advertising the position and the interviews, I got Naturalized, meaning I have a Cayman passport, but am still not Caymanian, and can't vote. This doesn't change the fact that the employers are still required to advertise the position, it's just ironic that the government gives me a passport with one hand, and takes my job with the other.

The person who got the job is American, married to a Caymanian. He's been a part timer where I work for a long time. I was told yesterday that he got the job.

I had to fill out an application and interview for my own job, unlike every time before when my contract expired. Others have had to do this too lately, apparently due to some recent change in some law. But during the interview, I was asked mainly questions about how well I documented my installation of the new studios and wiring for the radio station . . . . . .

The reason he got the job over me, I was told, was because "I didn't interview well".

This, to me, is BS.

I have always gotten good annual performance reviews, I've been doing the job for years, and the reason for advertising the post is for immigration purposes. My performance is not and never was in question.
If I was told, "we're really not happy with the way you've been doing the job, and when your contract is up, we're going to find someone else" it would be one thing. But that's not the case.
If I was told, "Someone married to a Caymanian applied for your job, and therefore we're required to give the job to him", it would be something else too. But that's not the case either.
But the reason I am being told why someone else got the job is not the reason the position was advertised. In my opinion, the reason I am being given is the one, and only, wrong answer.

And if I fought, I think I would win the fight.

It's politics. And there's volumes more that could be written in this paragraph about that.

I liken it to having a whole bunch of young children, all less than about 8 years old. And suddenly I am told that all my kids have to go live across town, with this mean child beater who the kids know and hate. They don't want to go, but they have to and I can never see them again. That's how it feels.

I will survive. I guess that in the long run, it will be good for me. But I hope I can keep paying the mortgage.

If I could strip away the emotion and just see the bare facts it would be much easier. But I have always loved what I felt was my Radio Station. And it hurts to let go of it.

5 Comments:

Blogger Nola said...

I am so sorry to hear this!!..and yes....it was totally the wrong answer from them!! I am a big believer in fate and maybe there is something else round the corner you are meant to switch to....I hope so:)

August 21, 2010 4:50 AM  
Blogger jks said...

Very sorry to hear this Mark. But Cayman is all about politics now. Even as tourism and financial services and expats are disappearing the UDP & PPM are spending like drunken sailors on shore leave. The wonderful Cayman of the 60's 70's and 80's is, sadly, gone.

That said, let's get Dart to fund us building a shortwave station on the East End!

August 21, 2010 9:56 AM  
Blogger Happy Days said...

I am very sorry to read that you lost your job and from what you said, things must be very political, which does tend to get one extremely mad. Too bad your not here. Hubby and I just mixed up 6 cups of Rum Runners. We could sit a spell and talk about the misgivings and unfair work practices. I hope that you are able to find work soon. Don't worry, your stimulus package is probably in the mail....debbie

August 21, 2010 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Wayne said...

Mark,I'm sorry to hear about the situation with the Radio station. It reminds me of the same stuff that NASA did about 5 years ago when this moron was put in charge of 'fixing' aeronautics. In my opinion, she really fixed it. Three years after she left the agency, NASA still has five years to go to fix the things she broke. I was one of the things she had fixed. I had a $100M program taken away and I was stuffed in a corner to do important stuff, like re-write proposals to NASA HQ, over and over and over and over and over and over.... I had to interview for my job as well...and I was told that I didn't make the grade because of a shortcoming in 'building partnerships'...which I thought was interesting since I'd built a partnership between NASA and the FAA, and a partnership between the USA and Eurocontrol and the European Commission...to name a few. The process and their evaluation, in my opinion, was pure crap.

That wasn't for me. It really stressed me out. So, I looked for another job and secured a really excellent job with the FAA. Work conditions are way better, pay is way better, it's simply a way better job.

So, as torqued as you are (and in my opinion, you have every reason to be torqued)keep the faith. You now have a chance to look for that better opportunity.

August 22, 2010 8:11 AM  
OpenID moxey said...

That sucks. I'm sorry.

August 24, 2010 8:14 PM  

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