I have a decision to make, so I call upon you, good people of the internet, to help me make it.
If you've been reading for more than a few weeks, you know that I worked for a place I call Panic Hire University last semester. I called it so because they hired me on a Sunday afternoon, over the phone, without the benefit of an interview or reference checks. They were desperate.
I needed the work, so I was glad to get it.
Soon after I started working there, however, I discovered why they were seo desperate to hire people and why they were so unconcerned about my qualifications: the place is a disaster.
No one ever returned my phone calls or email. And I do mean NO ONE and I do mean EVER.
It took them almost two months to give me the materials I needed to teach the course.
It took them until after THANKSGIVING to start paying me- (yes, I worked there for three months for free).
And let's just say ethics violations are EVERYWHERE.
For examples of this, click here and here.
I got a series of frantic emails from the good (snicker) folks at Panic last night. They outlined all sorts of courses that were available for me to teach and would I, could I, pretty please, teach as many as three of them starting in two weeks? PLEASE????
Now, I know what I said to all of you. I said no amount of money or fear of penury would induce me to work for these sloppy, unethical people ever again. But guess what? I just found out I lost my summer funding. And I just found out that my trip to Kilimanjaro is going to cost about $3500. And I just realized by loading up all this month's Quicken data, that the Great Cash Hemorrhage of 2007 was violent indeed. The only reason I am not sobbing uncontrollably is that most of the money that galloped out of my wallet in 2007 was not for stuff I actually wanted. I am broke through (mostly) no fault of my own. (I am also obsessed with retirement savings).
All this, plus the fact that Panic's retirement system matches 401K contributions at 8% has given me pause.
It would be a clear violation of my principles to work for these people, yes. True. But is would solve some of money issues, absolutely.
So money or principles? What do y'all think?