Cleaner of Boardwalk- it was an extremely physically stressful job but with group benefit insurance plan which I appreciated very much.
Pros: on meetings we had free lunches- boardwalk
Cons: we worked overtime if needed, especially on peak season and was compensated to the allowable overtime rate: boardwalk
Cleaner at Boardwalk, it was an extremely hard physical job and the rate of compensation was a bit less worth of the job. Before we immigrants arrived at that time, in that company, the vacant suites were cleaned by 5 people/suite and to be done by three days. Every site they assigned 5 cleaners comprising of 3 big building apartments. After we arrived, the policy changed. We were required to clean the vacant evicted suites for 8 hours with one or two people to work on it. And that's together with our maintenance to clean the hallways and stairwells at the same time in a day for two people assigned in a site with three big building apartments to cope up. The only thing that made me happy was my good review every 6 months and the increase that goes with it after. During meetings with free lunches, I managed well to socialized with co-workers which created moments of fun time or sometimes mobile activities with other co-workers which lightened the burden of our duties. And my supervisor too was a very nice gentle lady. That's why, during my employment with the company, I rated it at 3.9 star on one of the annual survey at a Boardwalk meeting. Because of the group benefit insurance plan they gave to us. I appreciated it very much. I thought I could stay in that company until retirement.
But later on I realized, I made a mistake, I should have rated it to 2.5 star. Because of the intensity of the stress related work I had in that company; it leaded me to several illnesses such as stomach troubles, blood pressure always on the rise in spite of multiple medications and caused me – more... diabetic type 2. Thus prompted me to quit. It took me a year to recover and I thanked God for that struggling journey of my life. My blood pressure slowed down, my sugar regulated normally and from doctor's advice I was required to take low degree of medication. Then I upgrade myself. I went back to school to study Office Assistant-legal major program just to know about the basic law specially on legal rights, labor laws here in Canada and office procedural duties at the same time. And now I feel great and back on my real self again. My brain is still working good just as the old times when I was at a young age. Though I admit there is only a slight or slim difference. Lesson learned is when you are not happy with the job, quit before it destroys yourself either physically or emotionally. – less