I had my third interview since beginning my search for another job. This is a physician based non-profit trade association with a small office staff and a single person accounting department. None of the association staff are physicians, but the governing board are all doctors and based up and down the state.
Let me just state up front that they would have to at least triple the top of their salary range to make me take this job, it was that awful for me. The executive director and governing board members I met are micro-managing control freaks and the position feels more like a glorified accounting clerk it is so limited in autonomy and independent responsibility. For example, I would not be allowed to make routine journal entries without getting them approved in advance by the executive director or one the board members. I would not be allowed to process payroll without the executive director’s approval. Their system of internal controls is so tight – for a five person office – that I could not even make a deposit without the ED reviewing it and ensuring my math is correct before sending it to the bank. WTF? And for this they had “MBA preferred” in their online posting?
Basically I am a poor fit for them, and I believe they felt may have felt that way as well. When describing my present responsibilities across the spectrum of full-time job and part-time side gigs she kept saying “we do things differently here, advance approval, internal controls, blah and blah and blah.” After 20 minutes I was sure this was not a good fit. After 30 minutes my skin was crawling and I was itching for a graceful exit. By the time we were wrapping up I could care less about graceful exit – get me the hell out of here was on autoplay in my head. So not me. On the other hand, I can completely understand why my former CPA told me referred me – she’s obviously hoping to get someone she can actually work with who will not be looking over her shoulder and questioning every note she makes.
After an excruciatingly painful 90 minute interrogation, I was finally released. I will be professional and write them a nice thank you note and debrief my former boss on how it went, but I am far from desperate enough to take such a position where I’d be feeling caged and unhappy. Even in my most relaxed and relieved state because I’m sure I don’t want the job they managed to set my nerves on edge and make me want to run for my life, screaming to release the tension they inspired.
To really illustrate how awful: these people make my present bosses look exceptionally great and make me want to return to my full-time job and responsibilities if that was my only other choice. It was awful.