Due to some fantastic advice on here, I've managed to network my way into a pretty rewarding real estate job. We are a small multi-family developer in a tier 2 region. I went to a non target state school.
All in all, I have been very lucky with how it's played out. In 2 years here, I have almost doubled my comp. I work less than 50 hours a week. They have given me good bonuses, and have also given me cool informal stuff (given me NBA tickets, etc). The private owners and CEO have praised me. I do see a future here!
As one may expect, it is very unstructured. It is just a lot different than most other jobs expected on WSO. I've been thrown into situations with zero training, often have to do ridiculously mundane stuff, processes are horribly inefficient, etc.
I have to work with an older person named "Sue." She isn't someone with a financial background at all - they basically worked their way up from the mailroom. Now, they are kind of like an office manager. They control a lot of the random administrative functions, and know the nitty gritty from working in the industry for a lot of years. In all credit to her, she's hardworking, loyal to the company, and is far from the most incompetent person.
But, she's just a big pain in the ass to work with. Somebody who's a complete control freak over little tasks. She has really poor personal relationship skills and business knowledge. For example, yesterday she called me back and made a bunch of passive aggressive remarks on this big form I did. A lot of it directly contradicts stuff she said earlier. I think she's genuinely a bit nuts, and multiple people have quit because of her. have a coworker who has 5 good years of experience, and Sue still micromanages everything she does. Based on the current position I'm in, I have to give Sue progress updates every day.
With that being said, she doesn't really pose a threat to me. I don't report to her, and the higher ups seem to know she's a bit difficult. It's just...I have to take daily feedback from her that's mainly BS, and I have to say "Wow, I never thought of that," or "Thanks so much, my bad, etc."
I feel like the bigger issue is it's a small unstructured company. She pretty much has the final say on all the admin functions, so I feel like I can never have real autonomy from her.
Can anyone relate to this? Leaving is not really an option, because I'm in a small market. At the same time, I have this feeling that I can't continue on like this forever.