The #WorstJobOffer – Tar covered apartment manager

By September 25, 2016 Housing, Thoughts No Comments

When I returned to LA, I wanted to get a job as an Apartment Manager so that I could receive rent in exchange for ensuring managing the property.  I was more than qualified to do it and my business background would enable me to do it better than almost anyone else.

One of the first places that actually called back was a mid sized class C property firm.  Perfect!  The residents would be middle income and exactly within my target market.  One of the buildings even had a courtyard that they didn’t know what to do with it.  I knew exactly what to do with it.  It was advertised as part-time.   I was excited about the opportunity, then came the offer.

The offer was another building in Koreatown.  The building wasn’t the worst, but the tar oozing up from the elevators that I would have to keep clean was challenging to say the very least.  Living with the smell would be pretty bad, but I needed a place to live and a job to get me started.  There was a second building less than a mile that would be my office, but I would live on site at this property.  One of my first things to do would be to perform an eviction.  Challenges, all challenges.  I love challenges!  My attitude after I searched to see if tar was toxic was to tackle these head on.

They wanted to pay me $2,100/mo.  My rent would be deducted post tax in the amount of $1,550.   This would leave me with roughly $200/mo that I would have to pay for my utilities, phone, internet, and food.  I’ll let you take that in.  They also required me to have a car.  When I offered to uber or bike to the second property, they said “I wouldn’t get there fast enough.”  Clearly, they don’t understand how uber works in a city where parking is scarce and how little they were paying me to pursuit car ownership.  So add to that, a car expense along with gas, insurance, and maintenance.  They wanted me to have the car so that I could travel to other properties to meet vendors and contractors and get this, I had to be available 24/7.   I had to be within 10 minutes of the property during business hours.

This was not part-time, this was all time.  I was left asking myself with this high demand and attention and travel between properties, how on earth would I have time to build my business to now cover my expenses of utilities, phone, internet, food, car, insurance, gas, etc.  The answer is, I wouldn’t.

I also thought, who else could actually make this work?  Possibly someone with disability or social security income.  Possibly a young couple where one works away from home and the other stays at home all the time.  But this was definitely NOT a job for a single person who had a business that required them to leave home to grow.

I talked with friends who worked in the Apartment industry.  They all shared that this is not a typical nor fair offer.  I countered and received $400 more/mo which after taxes helped, but was no where close to the number needed to survive this job.  Also, the job paid enough to disqualify from food stamps so there wasn’t even an option to use that to help curb expenses.  I often wonder if employers think about what they are truly offering before they offer it -or- if they just let their own numbers do the talking.


This was the worst job offer I’ve had.   What was yours?  Tweet us @StretchRecipes #WorstJobOffer

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