OMG I NEED OUT OF MY SITUATION
I’ve been working as a graphic designer for about 3 years now. I’ve been with my current employer for over 2 years.
I started my official career as a graphic designer by doing one solid year of unpaid interning for my university. When I graduated, I was happy to land a job so quickly with the company I’m at now (hired me the same day I interviewed), but in hindsight, I should’ve seen the hasty hiring process as a warning sign.
I started at $12 an hour, part-time. The goal at the time was to gain more work experience in the field. I obviously did not go to college to get paid so little and for only part time, but I was desperate for more experience and pieces in my portfolio.
The second week there, their main designer quit abruptly. I saw the opening as a great opportunity to start working for them full time. I took the full time position and started to really thrive. I was happy to see my designs and marketing strategies making a positive impact with sales and our customers. I started doing more than just graphic design, but also copy writing, social media marketing, mass email campaigns, creating online stores and their content and ultimately ended up redesigning their entire website after being raised to 13.50 an hour.
Once the site and some big marketing campaigns were finished, I got raised again to $15 an hour. Initially they wanted to raise me to $14.50, but I knew at that point all of the skills and projects I had contributed to the company was worth much more, so they agreed to compensate me at $15 an hour.
That was over a year ago. Now I am doing basically multiple jobs. Graphic design, copywriting, social media, editing manuals, coordinating marketing opportunities, etc. and I am still at that flat $15. I didn’t even get an annual review at my 2 year anniversary with the company. Not even an acknowledgment. I do it all and they depend on me immensely. They don’t even know how to print their own brochures.
I have been looking at other jobs, desperate to find something local that provides benefits and a reasonable salary. I’ve had one phone interview and some calls come in, but NOTHING YET. AND I AM GOING OUT OF MY MIND.
The company I work for is on the smaller side, family-owned and operated. While I actually enjoy marketing for their industry and find it interesting, it’s gotten to be too much for me to handle because of the SLAVE LABOR they push on me. I AM THEIR ONLY MARKETING PERSON and they say how much I’ve helped them and how much they appreciate me, BUT IT IS A MIND **** BECAUSE MY PAYCHECK DOESN’T AGREE WITH THAT.
I could write so much more about the things I’ve had to deal with there that are just terrible. I want to quit but I need an income and I can’t seem to find another opportunity fast enough. I feel my body and mind deteriorating from the stress, the unfair wages and overall unethical practices they participate in. It’s taking a toll. Can anyone else relate?
I need encouragement, positive words, motivation that I will get out of my situation. Oh, and asking for a raise at this place is not an option.
THIS IS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT LIFE WOULD BE LIKE AFTER COLLEGE.