So I'm trying to answer a question thats been stirring in my mind for some time.
I've been recently engaged in a job which basically places me at the center of things as a kitchen manager. HOWEVER...
There's only 1 other full time cook and he's got a bad attitude and can't keep his cool on the line or take directions from any kind of authority. There's a guy who the owner originally hired to be the Kitchen Manager but this dude decided he didn't want the position and instead wanted to just be a part timer. He's 10 years my senior and has alot more experience so I can hardly "manage" him (I'm only 22). The FOH girls pretty much do their own thing and last but not least, the owner basically says to "do your own thing" when it comes to specials and other daily matters but at the end of the day, he ultimately just wants to stick with HIS plan and HIS specials so to be honest, my job is little more than a line cook that works 5 1/2 days a week, 10.5-12 hours a day and places his bread/produce orders. On top of this, the cooks here basically cannot take breaks throughout the day because of the lack of a revolving staff so we often work 8-9 hours straight without a break (which I just did today). I've dealt with TONS of b.s. since I started here, and although the money seems to be right, but the stress is insane. I've actually lost weight as well as noticed my hair thinning recently. Now, I'm not the type that says "this place will falter without me" but I know that if I left, the restaurant would endure some hardships. The owner and I are pretty good friends on personal terms so I would also have to confront a major personal upheaval, but thats something I would readily deal with. My question is, does one take the consequences of their own withdrawal into account before quitting or does one just say screw it and look for something else? I might not make the same money but if you saw my schedule, you'd know what I'm talking about.
Argh.... The answer would seem to lie in the words typed above but sometimes things are life are mysterious and sticking it out through the b.s. tends to pay off but I'm worried that I've already stayed too long.