i started working for this company 4 months ago as a staff accountant. i had
about 8 months experience as a staff accountant in a previous position,
which was my first accounting position. so basically i'm still entry level.
this is a private company and they pay me a decent starting salary ($39,000)
which is good for my area. i catch on quickly and in several weeks i'm doing
many reconciliations, entries, etc. when i started they were really behind
and swamped... previous cfos and managers never even bothered to reconcile
the cash account. we have about a million - million and a half dollars in
our cash account and for the past year it was never reconciled completely
and there were variances of 2, 3, 4, 5 grand each month.
i'm given the opportunity to fix this and in the course of three months i
figured out all the problems and the accounts are now reconciled within 20
cents. it was hard work. they actually opened a new bank account and the
business office was depositing money in one bank account and listing it in
another and this went on and on for months. my "manager" had no idea how to
reconcile the account.
anyway, i'm doing more and more and now i'm compiling and entering the
payroll into the accounting system. the last pay period, my supervisor told
me i woudn't be compiling it because there was "too much new information"
that went into it. okay, cool. bonuses, deferred compensation, etc. but, i
still get to "enter it" into the accounting system. it's a huge entry and we
type it in... i asked my manager if these entries can be imported into MAS
90 and she said no, only exported... which i found strange because when i
worked with great plains we imported huge entries all the time.
anyhow... i'm putting the information into the system and they're giving out
tons of bonuses... over $350,000 in bonuses... mostly to the doctors who
work for us, the CFO ($35,000 bonus on a $150,000 salary), my manager
($5,000, been there 1.5 years) bonus and the accounts payable person who
works next to me ($2,000, been there six years). Then I get to my
information... and guess what? I get nothing. Absolutely nothing. There are
three people in our department and they got $5,000, 2,000, and I got
nothing. Even the human resources assistant who shares my office got $25.
I can't explain how humiliating and painful it is to be the one entering
this information into the accounting records, seeing $30,000 bonuses, $2,000
bonuses, $500 bonuses, and then having nothing for me. Why let me put this
pay period in the system at all? If they're not going to give me anything,
why not just hide it? How heartless and pathetic does one have to be to not
give someone anything, not even $100, when they reconciled all of these
accounts and took such a huge workload off of them, AND STILL let them be
the one to put this information into the system. To say it hurt me deeply is
an understatement. My first response is that it's ethically wrong on all
levels. To see some people "in the crowd" and live the good life financially
is painful. I thought about confronting the situation but I have to act like
it does not matter or affect my peformance. When i'm "reviewed" then i'll
see what's up and ask questions or request a raise. If I get a bad
evaluation then i'll know. But if I get a good evaluation and still got
nothing, I just don't know what to think. I want to be valued and
compensated properly. Being selfish is never good but to see others with so
much, hurts me deeply.