as a good liberal, i’m supposed to hate the company i work for. i won’t say the name, but it rhymes with paul blart. don’t get me wrong, i think its abhorrent that some workers get treated the way they do, in terms of pay, benefits (or lack thereof) as well as by management (especially by those at the very top). however, both my wife and i work for said company –she for a store, and myself for a d.c.– and we both get paid very, very well. my wife has been with the company for almost 25 years, so ostensibly, she should be making more than she does, but she still makes good coin. in my case, i make nearly her salary after only 7 years.
my particular d.c. also does incredible work for our community, giving away tens of thousands of dollars this year alone. we’ve also held food drives (for the community, not the workers), materials drives for a youth farm, and given various materials and monies to local schools and charities, many at the behest of individual workers at our facility. my wife’s store also does good work for the community in much the same manner as my d.c.
the company as a whole is certainly worth judging on how it treats its workers (its founder’s quotes saying as much are plastered all over our building), and there’s a lot lacking there. a livable wage is top among them. but, i find it uncomfortable when people get carried away with hate for the company. in my case, i was lucky enough to land a job in an environment that requires a certain set of skills, with the pay commensurate with said skills. in my wife’s case, she stuck with it, and, over time, its paid off both in terms of salary, and in terms of benefits.
all i ask my liberal friends, is that when judging the company (again, i agree there are problematic issues) remember there are real people working there, and some of us are proud of the work we do, even if not always proud of who we do it for.
still and all, i have my gripes, too. in later posts, though…