As some of you know, I was out of work for most of the summer. I finally got a job, sort of. It's a consulting gig at my old employer, in a different department.
The good news: I'm working, and I'm getting a paycheck.
The bad news: I'm working in an environment where everyone is looking over their shoulder, hoping they don't get caught up in the next round of layoffs. Several of my fireds were let go, and I'm all but forbidden from talking with the ones that remain during business hours. The cameraderie and team spirit I am so used to is gone, replaced by an every-man-for-himself attitude. I'm being fed assignments with an eyedropper, and I usually don't have more than two or three days of tasks given to me. If the person who is supervising me is not there or hasn't figured out what I'm to do next, I have to go home early. It's a pay-for-play gig, so leaving early means less billable hours.
Not that I would notice. I haven't received a check yet. I'm acutally a subcontractor, doing consulting work for a consulting company. I don't get a regular payroll check; I submit an invoice with my billable hours. My "boss" then creates HIS invoice and sends it to the client. It goes through the client's Accounts Payable department, and eventually my boss gets paid. Then my invoice goes through HIS AP system, and finally, I get paid. I've been there since Sept 10, and according to other consultants, invoices submitted by the 15th of the month usually get paid on the last day of the month. Supposedly, a check was mailed to me last week. Two days, tops. It's now Sunday, and nothing. I'll give my boss a call tomorrow, but I doubt it will do any good.