Received Saturday, April 10, 2010
So, I have been looking for new work recently and came upon a woman in Rockville Centre, Long Island. I got to my interview only 15 minutes early, but neither parent was home until about 45 minutes afterward, so I spent that time talking to their current nanny (who was a cousin) and the children. The children were absolutely delightful...they seemed very good and they enjoyed playing with me until their parents got home. As kids get when there are interviews, they were over-excited and a bit disobedient, but for 4 and 5 year olds, it was nothing out of the basic "hyper little kid" idea.
The mother and father spent a good 50% of the interview screaming at the kids and screaming at each other. The mother was the worst horror, she would yell at her husband for anything. If he tried to send the kids to bed, she yelled. If he just let the kids do what they want, she yelled. If he told the kids they would get a spanking, she yelled. The husband at one point was just playing with his own kids to distract them so there could be an actual INTERVIEW and she snaps at him "WHY ARE YOU SO IMMATURE GOD YOU'RE NOT 5", just basically flipping her nut for no reason. The mother then proceeded to ask every question she'd already asked me over email, claiming she forgot (it's in email, look it up?), and then spent the rest of the interview telling me that her kids were really bad and needed a lot of discipline. I told her flat out that they didn't seem to be doing anything exceptionally abnormal for their age. The highlight of the interview was when she asked me how long I could work, and I told her my average of a year, and her husband commented that "he'd be out by then", and she suddenly turns to him and goes "yeah, good, leave" and he's like "yeah I'll have my own apartment." If you see this family, heavy, heavy beware.
The father is a nice guy, or at least he seems so, who does his best, but he lives with a witch who doesn't know how to control her children and thinks that yelling at them and bitching at her husband is the way to go. She has NO respect for your time at all and I can't imagine what it would be like to have to work with her. Furthermore? She's cheap. She actually told one of my references that paying me 750 a week for over 50 hours of work in MANHATTAN was too much, and how could she even pay me that much. Don't expect a moment's raise from this lady, or respect, like I said."