Thursday, June 03, 2010

Got a Question for Ya

Do you work in Kuwait? How often are you paid late by your company? Is this a common occurrance? Yeah, there are laws against it, but what are the real stats.

25 comments:

Stani said...

well honestly i know a lot of companies that dont pay on time, but luckily for me I'm blessed to be in a company which falls in the few companies that do pay on time.

docxray said...

When I worked in Kuwait (2000-2003) with a joint appointment between the MoH and Kuwait University, every 3-4 months my salary was delayed, not processed, or mis-directed (wrong bank or bank account). This happened frequently to many ex-pats with similar appointments. Each time the problem happened, it was only through a very high level wasta connection that I was able to get the issue resolved. The fix never involved the proper direct bank deposit but a payment in cash or cheque at a government or university finance office (where the office employee was always "surprised" that the error had been made).

Anonymous said...

Business is slow; clients arent paying on time... fact is - our director screwed up our fantastic low overhead high revenue business!!!

Flamin' said...

Yep, work in Kuwait and thankfully, get paid on time. Perhaps make a poll on this? Great idea trying to get some stats on this.

Moody said...

Yes i do, but never got paid late, i usually get it only 2 days late cuz our company's bank is different than the one am using. I actually hate it when they pay us early before holidays !

Desert Girl said...

... and a poll it is!

Anonymous said...

Well, I never got paid late. The place where I work is very professional when it comes to ethics and staff well being.

Desert Girl said...

Anonymous 1:02 - Do they have any openings?

Desert Girl said...

Stani Said: Ok maybe this is like not a really big thing. I mean as long as you are getting your salary right. I know a lot of people who don't get salaries in Kuwait. I came to know about this sad and sick fact while i was on a job hunt here.

And please this is Kuwait an oil rich country with tons of rich Kuwaiti Employer's. I bet you can't find cheaper Employers anywhere else in the world.

I still don't understand the simple fact what these guy's loose by paying up to people who have done work.Maybe someone should start Human Rights head quarters in Kuwait City, They'd probably take years to solve cases in Kuwait.

(...had to truncate. I can't post specific names on the blog. Sorry, Dude.)

Stani said...

No prob's DG, I understand.

DOD said...

No, my company is a very large company and we allways get paid on time...

candlestick said...

My wife's salary is consistenly late. Employer blames the bank, bank blames the employer, then they high five each other and go have tea and shisha together.
I am lucky to have an American employer. My salary is always a day early, minimum. They understand that they way you treat your employees, is the same way they will treat your business.

Desert Girl said...

Candlestick brought up an important issue: "They understand that they way you treat your employees, is the same way they will treat your business."

I'm a sales person representing my company (not my exact title, but I'm sent out to promote it). If my company is treating me like crap, how can I possibly say good things about it? I'm not a liar and even when I do, it is written all over my face.

I can't understand why Kuwaiti companies (and I am speaking from personal experience through the companies I have worked for/with) can't understand how progress is achieved. Like, why wouldn't you look at other companies who have positive case studies on productivity? It has been shown that happy employees are productive, engaged, and loyal employees. The are, indeed, a company's most valuable asset. Not a truck or a crane or a few computers, but HUMANS.

Anonymous said...

well, at least way better than working in US or europe , taxes etc etc ..no wonder most of westreners running to middle east for work , q8ti ppl themselves cant find jobs nowadays and ur grumbling about delaying ur salary ...delay once a year not a big deal.

Desert Girl said...

Anonymous 1:18 - it happens every month. In the US we have laws that prevent that type of thing - and they are immediately enforced - not a year later or more in many cases.

I am still mulling over the pros and cons of paying taxes. Seems to me that there are a lot of advantages in countries where you do pay taxes as well.

Beetle Juice said...

Guess what ? I work in a Bank and they pay me whenever they feel like. My rent is due by the 23rd of every month but the great people at my bank pay me any time from the 27th to the 31st of the month. =( no freakin laws here !

MackDaddy said...

Well then you must move OUT of Kuwait and quit complaining...there's always an up, and down side to not paying taxes...and people are here for a reason......and so are you sweetheart!.....The accents and passports rule up in this hole..

Desert Girl said...

Yo CrackDaddy -

The reason I am here is because I love this country - and did a few things back in the day (90-91) when Kuwait needed help from outside (maybe you did too.... right?). I can complain all I want because it is my blog - from my perspective - and I just so happen to be American. This blog is based on an Americans perspective. If I were Kuwaiti, then I might complain equally about the same problems that many people - not just Americans or Westerners - are facing.

And there just so happens to be one or two Kuwaitis complaining about the situation in Kuwait also. You might have seen some lately in the media.

So, here is my advice: write your perspective about how we should get "OUT" of Kuwait on your own blog.

AmericanGirlinKuwait said...

Hahaha, 'Yo crackdaddy'... you are toooo funny DG. I'll chucke about that one all day. Boy does that shoe every fit.

Apparently he's mistaken you for a US contractor who might be interested in a ride in his bright purple Impala with 24 inch rims and 5 televisions.

Desert Girl said...

Americangirl - Technically I am a US contractor.

I have a feeling CrackDaddy hails from the Indian Subcontinenet and feels that Westerners get an unfair advantage here. I don't argue that. However, it is what it is and he has a choice to be here or not also.

MackDaddy said...

Oh, I'm gonna be here long enough to see the change baby!...count on that.. albeit, its your blog and you can cry if you want to...

Yes, I AM from the subcontinent;
Yes, you DO have an unfair advantage; and,
No, I don't care that you do;

But hey, where in the world can a person afford a BMW, on a receptionist's salary?, Say it with me nah - "Q-8 Baby!".

But whoa hold the phone "You did something back in the day"? Ergo, you were in the US army during the 90-91 musical in Kuwait between the US and "I"raq? or are you just being American about the whole thing - "We freed Kuwait"?

...cause that was the new corporate marketing branding scheme by "Uncle Sam & Co." (pvt. LTD)...

But yeah love the blog!

Desert Girl said...

CrackDaddy -

No, I was not with the US Military. I volunteered with a group of Kuwaiti women to come to Kuwait with field medical/trauma team, and I ran a non-profit company to assist Kuwait in DC. I know how to shoot a gun, but that's about as military as I get.

(Not that I have to justify my existence in Kuwait to you or anyone else.)

I believe that if the Allies - NOT just the US - hadn't come to aid Kuwait, none of us would have jobs here. We would, however, have had the option of working in the 19th Province of Iraq.

Personally, I do not know of any Western receptionists driving BMWs (maybe you do?) or any other luxery cars here. I am also of the belief that with hard work, anyone can afford any car that they want. There are people with lesser-paying jobs who are creatively financing luxery vehicles.

I don't think you have been reading my blog very long or you would have known all the above and more, but hey - thanks for the compliment.

Sorry about that big chip on your shoulder. Maybe you can do something to shake it off.

Luqman said...

On Feb.08,2010 and Feb.09,2010 we received the salary of month nov 2009 and dec 2009.
Jan2010 and Feb2010 was recd. in april.
And Mar2010 and April2010 just received last week.
Lets see may be we will get salary of month May2010 in Aug2010, and maybe June2010 in oct2010.
There are people living without salary for 4-5months even. So alhamdolila we have job and somehow getting salary.

AmericanGirlinKuwait said...

Oooh my fault. I wasn't aware you work on a US govt. contract. I thought you were employed permanently by a local company. Which would obviously make you an employee and not a contractor. Now I am really shocked to know you deal with pay delays. I'm so sorry to know US companies are getting as bad as the local ones when it comes to pay. Such a shame.

Desert Girl said...

AmericanGirlinKuwait - I'm employed permanently by a Kuwaiti company and I work on a US government contract. Regardless - we still don't get paid on time.