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Hey guys, got a question for all of you that have done this for awhile:

I've been working for a commercial roofing company for a little over a week now, and it's been my first construction job. So far I love the work, and the foremen and the boss are great guys, however I've had some problems with it so far.

First problem, the foremen don't usually work on the same site, and I don't think they talk to each other either, because every night after the days done, one will tell me what I'm doing and where to be, and then when I get home the other will tell me I'm going somewhere completely different. When I pass this to the first foreman, he never knows anything about it and says he'll get back to me, and I won't end up knowing what I'm doing until well after midnight, which can be a huge pain since they expect me to pick up ALL of the other workers since no one here has a dang car.

Second, I'm pretty sure we only have 5 total "regular" workers, 2 of which are the foremen. With this crew, we have 4 different sites going (all in various stages of completion, and 3 well behind schedule). It's been kind of hard to get anything done with only the one foreman, since all of the workers know as much about commercial roofing as I do, and I can't learn much on the job anyways since the foremen are the only ones that know how to heat weld.

So, is this how these things usually work? Or is this not a very well run company? I told the boss I'd work for him for at least a month, but I would like a little more organization on their end.
 

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Hey guys, got a question for all of you that have done this for awhile:

I've been working for a commercial roofing company for a little over a week now, and it's been my first construction job. So far I love the work, and the foremen and the boss are great guys, however I've had some problems with it so far.

First problem, the foremen don't usually work on the same site, and I don't think they talk to each other either, because every night after the days done, one will tell me what I'm doing and where to be, and then when I get home the other will tell me I'm going somewhere completely different. When I pass this to the first foreman, he never knows anything about it and says he'll get back to me, and I won't end up knowing what I'm doing until well after midnight, which can be a huge pain since they expect me to pick up ALL of the other workers since no one here has a dang car.

Second, I'm pretty sure we only have 5 total "regular" workers, 2 of which are the foremen. With this crew, we have 4 different sites going (all in various stages of completion, and 3 well behind schedule). It's been kind of hard to get anything done with only the one foreman, since all of the workers know as much about commercial roofing as I do, and I can't learn much on the job anyways since the foremen are the only ones that know how to heat weld.

So, is this how these things usually work? Or is this not a very well run company? I told the boss I'd work for him for at least a month, but I would like a little more organization on their end.
Hat's off to you for your effort. As far as the "company", sounds like a mess. Look out for yourself. If you're going to stick around, at least ask for gas money for that shuttle service you're running. Finally, if you decide to move on, don't worry about that month commitment. That's unrealistic to expect of an unskilled helper. They probably go through guys all the time.
 

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So, is this how these things usually work? Or is this not a very well run company?
This is how it usually works because the people with the money don't know everything about construction. The people who know everything about construction have no control over the money and have to play by their rules if they want to get paid.

So it's not uncommon for the owner/developer of the project to take your company completely off schedule by dealing with their shenanigans.
 

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They have been refunding my fuel costs, but I've put a TON of miles on my car over the past week. Talking to some of the other guys it sounds like they have a high turnover rate.
 

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They have been refunding my fuel costs, but I've put a TON of miles on my car over the past week. Talking to some of the other guys it sounds like they have a high turnover rate.
Keep track of your miles. Try to get it worked out so you can deduct the mileage on you taxes, at least it will cover a little more of your costs. Ideally they should be reimbursing at the IRS rate, which is something like 50 cents a mile.
 

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That's BS that they're using you as a taxi service. Reimbursing you for gas? Big deal. What about the wear and tear on your vehicle? You need to keep good records of how much your driving. Get a notebook and write down the date and your starting and stopping mileages. The IRS gives you a $.525/mile deduction. As far as letting you know where to work after midnight? Tell them to get their chit together, you need to be in bed. Company sounds like a mess to me. Maybe stick it out for a while to gain some experience and then split. I would never treat an employee that way :no: :no:
 

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Total BS company.I like to drink but know the situation.These guys don't have DL because of DUI's so your working with a bunch of drunks..I used to pick up most of my employees because they had lost there DL.If they were not ready on time ,I drove off because they were probably not going to give me 100% that day.
But,that was my company.Got tired of running things that way and made a lot of changes.
Running a company like that is not good for anyone but I know a lot of guys in this area that do it.
My advice would be to look for other employment.
 

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Hey guys, got a question for all of you that have done this for awhile:

I've been working for a commercial roofing company for a little over a week now, and it's been my first construction job. So far I love the work, and the foremen and the boss are great guys, however I've had some problems with it so far.

First problem, the foremen don't usually work on the same site, and I don't think they talk to each other either, because every night after the days done, one will tell me what I'm doing and where to be, and then when I get home the other will tell me I'm going somewhere completely different. When I pass this to the first foreman, he never knows anything about it and says he'll get back to me, and I won't end up knowing what I'm doing until well after midnight, which can be a huge pain since they expect me to pick up ALL of the other workers since no one here has a dang car.

Second, I'm pretty sure we only have 5 total "regular" workers, 2 of which are the foremen. With this crew, we have 4 different sites going (all in various stages of completion, and 3 well behind schedule). It's been kind of hard to get anything done with only the one foreman, since all of the workers know as much about commercial roofing as I do, and I can't learn much on the job anyways since the foremen are the only ones that know how to heat weld.

So, is this how these things usually work? Or is this not a very well run company? I told the boss I'd work for him for at least a month, but I would like a little more organization on their end.

Cheap Skate company

To be fair you need to work next to a journeyman and learn for the next 4 years

Look for another company that plays bye the rules
 

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you should be getting paid for your time picking these guys. My rule is that if you want me to change sites I need to know by 8 PM cause the phone gets turned off at 8:30 otherwise I'll be back to the same site as yesterday. After a few times of the boss calling asking me where I was (not at the site he wanted) he got the drill.
 
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