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Old 02-01-2014, 02:02 PM
 
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I can't think of a better way to ensure that someone will never make more than $9 an hour than to show up every day determined to do no more than $9 an hour's worth of work. When I was a department manager, I almost always knew within a few days which new employees I was going to someday promote into higher positions and which ones would never move past their entry-level positions. The ones who came in with an "I'm not gonna do anything more than I absolutely have to do" attitude were the ones who sat around bitching to each other in the break room about how screwed up the company was when the hard-chargers with years less seniority were promoted over them into supervisory positions. They just never figured it out.
Fair enough, but the problem I have with this is that the $9 employees don't usually have much of stellar progression track to look forward to in that company to begin with. Take when I worked for wal-mart for my first few years of college, if you were 'promoted' to a department manager that was a whopping 50 cent raise. I knew of several that went to dept manager then stepped down because it wasn't worth it. Even if you were to move up into an assistant manager position, the best you could hope for was in the neighborhood of 30k/yr, maybe a tad more if you've been there half your life. Something like this isn't worth pouring your heart and soul into.

Now that I'm going to be making what I'm worth, I'll give everything I can to my career. On top of that, I know I'll have the opportunity to move up, have more authority/responsibility and make substantially more money. It's all about perspective here.
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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Fair enough, but the problem I have with this is that the $9 employees don't usually have much of stellar progression track to look forward to in that company to begin with. Take when I worked for wal-mart for my first few years of college, if you were 'promoted' to a department manager that was a whopping 50 cent raise. I knew of several that went to dept manager then stepped down because it wasn't worth it.
Yeah, I hear you there. That is the flip side of a lot of workplaces these days. In this economy, it's an employer's market, and it's harder and harder to get anywhere. I just count myself lucky that I'm at a stage in my life where I'm self-employed and semi-retired, rather than just entering the work force now. It's a whole different job environment than when I was a teenager.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:18 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Not me. I try to do my best, whether getting $9 or $50 or working as a volunteer for nothing. You never know when someone you impress, be they a coworker, manager, or customer, may remember you and refer you up to something much better.
I'm confused what sort of job/industry the OP is looking at? $9/hr for fast food may be typical, while $9/hr for a doctor is a joke. It helps to know the context, just saying..

Honestly, if I were in that situation, I would give the job a fair shot (maybe a step above the minimum requirements) but not anything above and beyond. Don't purposely slack off but don't kill yourself over this job either.. just put in an honest day's worth of work and go home and continue looking for new jobs.
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