Yes...yes...still there at present. A paycheck no matter how meager at the moment is better than a poke in the eye on principle. I had hoped for more but not getting a lot back. Pay is low, no benefits, like almost insulting, but I had hoped to negotiate after it was clear I was really helping this little venture get off the ground. But today was a different story. (like getting a shot of Turkish Coffee)
It's clear that they really don't want to reward me by even considering paying me what I'm worth.
No, I'm not particularly masochistic unless you count loving the restaurant business in the first place.
Unfortunately we're not in a big city. It's clipping 35k people but still has the little mom and pop mentality. <read: we're going to pay a little above minimum wage and work you like a dog>
Hence hiring someone like the SERVER.
There are several places I've applied to and either get "you're overqualified but we'll hire you if you'll take 7 bucks an hour" or flat out "we're paying 7 bucks an hour"...
I guess the sad part is that today I mentioned getting paid for my time doing research after work (as in pricing and costing items, developing recipes and working on advertising - I'm an artist as well) and paid extra for my baking. They have no clue about the restaurant business and I've been trying to help. Pushing the marketing aspect and I have been giving them all kinds of ideas and input and pushing bakery, of which there are NONE here in the valley, BUT they seem to think I'm still doing this all for ... 7 ... bucks ... an ... hour ...
I'm supposed to bake 10 pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving dinner. I've been pushing offering pies, cakes and desserts (all of which I would do) BUT they still are assuming I'm doing it for ... well... see above.
We had discussed our both making a financial windfall on this, but she wants me to bake all of these frigging pies and make over $5 profit on each without even considering that it's my genius that is making it possible?
The suggestion was met with a kind of almost surprise that I would even expect such a thing and 'perhaps I could do it while I was at work (getting paid crap wages) on our slow days'.
I know she's kind of mired in the fact that we've been really slow the past week since the fire of the Server (plus a variety of personal problems but not really my concern in this instance because there's nothing I can personally do)
So now, in spite of really liking the fact that I can expand my input and talent, they don't want to pay me for my experience, input and talent. Of course they say that they don't want to lose me. (why would they?) I'm the breakfast lead, Hell, I'm the ONLY cook, prep, suggest, plan specials...
OKOK...I get it... all of you can stop rolling your eyes into your scalps.
I do have some applications out there with my resume (Maybe I should dumb it down and then I'd get hired...
But like I said, it's a lot about this area (which we want to get out of asap but it's slow going getting the house sold).
Believe me if someone out there would write to me and say they'd help me get out from under all of this and I could make my magic for them I'd leave in a week!
Of course I digress...thanks for all the support. I certainly appreciate it.