I'm a recent college grad. I spent 10 months total, 2 months post graduation, looking for a job. I moved back home into a horribly abusive situation because I didn't really have another financial option.when the first job offer finally came, I took it despite many, many red flags.
They told me one compensation amount in the interview, then switched to a much lower number come offer time. The position is base plus commission, but the base number is just barely livable and I won't see commission for at leat 90 days. I tried to negotiate, but they basically said take it or leave it. I was so desperate for a way out of my bad living situation that I took it.
I've been at my job for 2 months now. In that time, my very old car completely died and I was forced to buy a new one. I bought the cheapest reliable vehicle I could find, but I was still in a situation where I needed financing. So, now I have a car payment as well as medical bills and student loans soon. Basically I NEED to have income now.
The company had huge turnover. 2 executives left in my first 3 weeks. They shut down an entire sister company with no notice and 40 people were out of work the next day. The company has no clear direction--it's just a scattershot approach. From everyone I've talked to, no one below executive has been there more than a few months. They're stickers about attendance even for exempt employees--arriving 5 min late or leaving 5 min early gets a demerit, and you can't "bank up" time spent in office, at all.
Worst, they expect me to break the law. I work in an HR related position, and they have directly told me to discriminate. I give them an excellent candidate and they say "no, he is too old." I've mentioned that age discrimination is illegal (and horribly wrong in my opinion), but they tell me "I know, but the clients want someone younger. We need to make them happy."
There have been other red flags, but these are the main ones. I dread coming in every single day. I literally cry some days about how horrible I feel working for such disorganized, lying bigots. But due to my financial situation, I'm stuck until I can line up another job.
Two questions: how do I explain this extremely short stint to potential employers? And what do I tell my current employer when I resign?