A lot of people have fond memories about the first job they worked at. It may have been at a fast food chain or even at a grocery store. Or it may have been a full time high paying job. Either way, people look back years down the line and they’re happy they did that. They’re proud. I wish I had something like that too. But thanks to Kessler International (https://investigation.com/), I can’t. They’re the company I worked for first, and it was such a traumatic experience. No one should be treated like absolute shit every day without any provocation. But this is what the management at Kessler International does, on a daily basis. It’s sickening, and it makes you feel like you’re worth nothing at all.
I joined this company on the 2nd of April, 2015. I had been recruited by them in an interview in my college campus about a month ago. So I joined this place fresh out of college. Obviously I was very nervous, knowing that there would be people with a lot of experience expecting a lot from someone new like me. But the pay was great, and as far as I knew then, Kessler International was a well-established reputed company. I was looking forward to proving myself and making a name that I could be proud of.
When I walked into work, I was asked to meet the manager. His name was Ben Ruthford. He was in his late forties. He looked pretty strict, and didn’t joke around or anything. He told me what I would have to do every day, and who I would have to report to. I listened carefully. He dismissed me in a while. I was assigned a space in the office, and the first thing I noticed was that there were security cameras everywhere in the room. I felt uncomfortable right away. I have no idea why they felt the need to watch us all the time. I know now that this isn’t how other offices are, but at that time, I didn’t know enough to question anyone about it. Everyone else seemed like they were used to it anyway, and I didn’t want to draw attention on my first day.
I switched on the computer, and got myself an account like I was asked to. I always keep my personal email ID open on one tab when I work on the computer, and that’s what I did now too. It was automatic. In less than two minutes, Mr. Ruthford walked in. He screamed his head off about how I had opened my mail. I had no idea how he knew. I was terrified at that time, and I was freaking out. All the people around my space saw and heard. I wanted to die right then.
Finally, once he left, and I had composed myself a little bit. A girl nearby told me that they could monitor what we did on the computers. That’s how they knew the moment I opened my mail box. I felt so violated. Kessler International knows nothing about making sure your employees are comfortable in the work environment. In fact, they’re the ones who actively make you feel like you’re being watched all the time. How are you supposed to concentrate on work if you aren’t feeling at ease?
I got a better job offer in about 5 months. I didn’t like my job at Kessler International anyway, so I had no regrets when I turned in my 2 weeks’ notice. I handed it to Mr. Ruthford on the 7th of September. He took one look at it. I thought he would ask me why I was leaving or something like that. But no. That’s how a normal person would react. This asshole is irrational and unstable. He yelled at me and told me I was such a slut and that he should have never hired me. He was pissed just because he had to spend 10 minutes interviewing someone else to take my place.
I had been decent enough to give him advance notice. But he didn’t return the favour. He asked me to leave the office right then, and told me he never wanted to see my face again. And surprise surprise, I didn’t get paid for the week I had put in in September. Honestly though? I didn’t even bother asking for the money after I left because I didn’t want to have anything to do with Kessler International.