I don't really have any work stories from my job yet. Except for the following:
>get random phone call from temp agency in May
>You want to come work for us, yes?
>Doing what, on what planes, in what city, for how much?
>"A&P gig, 737s, Everett, and your pay will be X dollars an hour hourly, with Y dollars an hour per diem, for a total of Z."
>Sure, why not
So that's how I ended up in the Greater Seattle Area.
>Start Orientation in June
>"sorry, you can't get per diem for orientation"
>Work OT that first week
>Look at paycheck
>Yep, X dollars an hour for the hourly...
>Z-4.75 for the OT
>What the hell?
After a few phone calls, it turns out that my temp agency quoted me the L4 Mechanic pay grade, and tried to get me hired as one (good for them?) but the actual company I'm working at (much more accurately) assessed me as an L3 Mech and started me at that wage instead. Which was wise of them, but nobody told me that my contracting agency was trying to get me hired as an L4, so I had to do the detective work myself. So now, compared to what I was told I was going to be making, I'm making roughly $180/week less than that, neverminding lost wages from whatever OT I work.
This is why communication is important. Next time I take a contract (probably around New Year's, unless something really cool happens), I'll make sure to find out in advance what pay grade they're going to try to get me hired as, since the contracting company doesn't actually control that part of things. I'm also going to make sure that I get it all in writing, instead of simply via phone calls.
Thank God I can make the bills on what an L3 makes, and it's always better to get bumped down during orientation than after a couple weeks or months of disappointing managers through incompetence and inexperience. Still, that's $180/week for a minimum of six months that I'm losing due to the shuffle, so I'm certainly not happy. I was hoping to have the money for a trailer by Fall, now I'll be lucky to have it by New Year's.
There are several girls working in the hangar I work in, they seem to be generally cool themselves, but they cause drama just by being women in a hangar that has 150 male mechanics and 4 more-or-less attractive women (think 5-8s).