Tuesday, August 30, 2016

contract update

Nothing thus far. The boss is saying the CEO still hasn't talked with HR about my situation. I asked whether I'd have anything to sign on Wednesday, and the boss said, "No, but don't sweat it. It'll all work out." I have no idea what that means, but if I'm presented with terms I don't like, then I'm going to demand a three-month contract and bugger out of the Golden Goose—which hasn't been all that golden of late—by Christmastime.

Another wrinkle: I'm now suddenly hearing that I might not get an extra month's severance pay at the end of this contract: instead, the pay will be held back and given out only when I leave the company, which is the old-school way of doing things. Over the long term, the math works out the same, but it could do seismic damage to my budget. We'll see: as it stands, the budget doesn't factor in the money I'll be earning through KMA work from 2017 to 2019; that's an extra few million won per year, which may be enough to compensate for the lack of immediate relief. Still, this is an annoying turn of events, but not a surprising one.


Surprises Aplenty said...

I hope it works out for you, Kevin.

Kevin Kim said...

Thanks. My boss claims it'll all work out. I'm keeping my tentacles crossed. To be honest, I'm tired of moving every few months, so I'm kind of hoping I won't have to look for other work. I know, too, that my boss wants to keep me because he knows that (1) I'm good at what I do, and (2) fastidious grammar Nazis like me are hard to find. I'm assuming this means he's using his clout to go to bat for me. I'm just not sure how much actual pull he has. In a Korean company, with its emphasis on inertia-heavy bureaucracy, things often don't get done unless someone kicks and screams. I'm just glad that person isn't me right now.

One way or another, I don't expect tragedy: I'll either get a raise or end up in a better job in a few months. My budget shouldn't be overly affected.

Charles said...

Hoping things work out in the least inconvenient way.

And happy birthday, old man!

Kevin Kim said...

Thanks, Charles.