Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nobody knows how to screw up your job more than Trimet

I spent 15 years of my life working at Trimet (aka Trimess) and one thing I vividly remember is how every three months we were forced to change our work schedules.

Every three months operators had to go through the stressful motions of selecting new 'work'. No matter how many years you've been at Trimet this was always a stressful situation for people.

There is no consistency in the work at Trimet. Available runs were changed every three months and all of us had to go through the emotional turmoil of the unknown. Good part time runs were turned into full time runs. Good full time runs were turned into part time runs, etc etc etc.

No matter how much seniority you have you always sweated these changes (unless of course you were #1 in seniority) People that don't understand the inner workings of Trimet don't have a clue how stressful these changes were.

Basically every three months an operators life is turned upside down. You have to change your working hours constantly. Nobody knows how to screw you up as much as Trimet does.

They know how to make what could be a good thing into a bad thing.

Take this new '4 day' work week for full time operators. That could be a good thing right? Not at Trimess, nope.

Every single run in the 4 day list is a split shift. 
Have you ever worked a split shift?
Nothing reminds you of your serfdom as much as working a split shift. 
Get up early in the morning every day, get off work, only to have to come back to work later. Then get off around 7 or 8 pm. 
Basically your work day is 12+ hours, but you got paid for 10 and your constantly exhausted

Great deal?  

No thanks, glad to be done with that place that seems to take pleasure in torturing its employees.


Anonymous said...

Really? I totally view it as a benefit. If I didn't like the work I signed, I would only have to way 3 months before getting to chose new work. LOVED IT!

Anonymous said...

I didn't sign any of those four day shifts because they were all splits

Al M said...

In 15 years at Trimet I can honestly say that there was not even 1 signup that didn't stress me out

Unknown said...

that's 13 hours in uniform and only get paid for 9 maybe.