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What do you like least about your job?

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What do you like least about your job?

I saw this thought-provoking thread "What do you like most about your job" at and felt it warranted the flip side of that question.

I'll kick things off. I least enjoy staying on top of and complying with ever-changing government regulations. The volume, complexity, cost and anxiety takes much of the fun out of it.

Feel free to answer anonymously.


(CFO) |

There are ethical and legal improprieties and I'm the CFO signing the checks. Worse, there is no one I can turn to.

The board is interested in junketing and won't give that up.

The top administrator is self dealing constantly changing our benefits to suit himself.

Outside, agency counsel reports to the top administrator and is only interested in running the bill.

The auditors beat me up about the lack of controls and exposure items but then soft pedal any suggested changes when writing the management letter. They've even looked the other way on a pension contribution issue after the top administrator threatened to terminate their audit contract. (So much for the sanctity of CPA ethics!) The board and the public never see the management letter. The top administrator tosses it.

Contacting public authorities such as the State Controller or the Grand Jury has proved useless.

Anonymous leaks to the press are even worse.

John Q. public just throw up their hands and says all public agencies are corrupt and there is nothing they can do about it.

I've even spent money on my own legal counsel to have her tell me that, since I am not in a protected class, there is no grounds for a claim of bias and thus little to be gained by going whistle blower.

Everyone has advised me to find another job which I've been attempting to do for three years but have had virtually no success.....unless I want to accept a 25% reduction in total compensation!

As you can tell, this very frustrating and has been taking a serious toll on my health.

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
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(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

I don't know your circumstances, but I can assure you that the decrease in pay for better piece of mind was well worth it for me, as well as others that made a similar move. Money is important, but so is your health and family. Since you haven't had any luck within the last three years, I would also advise contacting a CFO executive recruiter or coach. There are a few on Proformative you can search for, also I assume there is one in your city, or one close to you if you prefer to stay local.

When the Feds come into the office you don't want to be the CFO playing the violin when the proverbial ship sinks, do you?

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Cindy Kraft
Title: CFO Coach
Company: Executive Essentials
(CFO Coach, Executive Essentials) |

I agree with Chris. Your health seems like a priority because if you loose it due to stress, you will have much more than a 25% decrease in pay.

If you've been doing the same things for 3 years and getting the same results, then there is something obviously wrong with ..

- your messaging
- your approach
- both

If you haven't talked with someone (career coach), Anonymous, then I would encourage you to do so in order to find the right messaging / positioning before you lose your job or your health.

Barry Wallace
Title: Superintendent
Company: Searles Valley Minerals
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(Superintendent, Searles Valley Minerals) |

I have to agree with Chris! These types of situations can be extremely frustrating to deal with and you definitely need to look at other jobs if the current situation is affecting your health. I don't envy you because I know from experience how frustrating it can be and how debilitating it can be both physically and mentally. Good luck!

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

I have been thinking for a few days now. I love where I work. Great atmosphere, people I work with are nice, caring, etc. Probably the thing I like least about my job is my boss can be a little micromanaging with many tasks. His way is always right, mine is sometimes okay, but he always has a better way.

Since attending a leadership conference last month I have been reading Liz Wiseman's Multipliers book. It is fantastic, and has opened my eyes to quite a bit of what goes on around successful companies, and why some companies struggle to keep good people and struggle in the process.

Once again, I sincerely like my boss, but some of his habits can be quite diminishing, even if it is accidental.


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