Jessica Miller

Jessica explains how she was let go from her job.

on Sep 5, 20130

 

What an intense episode for me to watch. I’ve been dreading this one for a while. I guess I’ll start with the details on losing my job. Everything happened so fast. 

I had stayed overnight in my office creating sales packets and spreadsheets of numbers for the past three nights. (My voice is not always as scratchy as it seems, mostly comes from lack of sleep). Harry Morton Holdings had a new Director of Operations who was later demoted to GM after I was gone, and eventually fired. His first order of business Week 1 at the company was cleaning house to bring in his team. I survived the first round of his firing, thinking I was safe. Week 2, he asked three members of my team and myself to submit to him a ton of info on Fuku Burger so he could analyze the sales and operations. I asked my team to stay late and help one night. No one stayed. Wanting to share the credit with my team I made a meeting with them (without Jim) to show them copies of the packets I had made the night before to submit in to him. I asked for their input and notes on all info, so we could revise as a group and submit the requested info with all of our names on it, since that is what was asked of us. The next day, I never got any notes back… never received any input. In fact I got a call from Jim asking why I had no part in doing the work to go in to these packets. I had no idea what he was talking about, and when I get to the office, I see all of my work had been submitted behind my back claimingthey had done it all without me. That was a rough realization. Definitely learned a lot. 

Quick side note, when I texted Kat and she told me she was at Tinga with Brenda, I was super excited because Tinga has a very specific liquor license where you can bring your own alcohol. I stopped at the five cent wine sale on the way. I don’t usually turn to drinking during emotional times, but I don’t really ever have emotional times either, so this was all kind of new for me. Super intense. 

Ooook, Santa Ynez. Let me tell you something: when you are the only non-cooker in a group of girls whose life revolves around food, it is extremely intimidating. I hope people understand that I wasn’t ungrateful while we were picking vegetables on the farm… and you didn’t get to see the cow wrangling part, but I definitely had a blast doing that. I really was having a rough time dealing with the fact I had no job to go back to. I think I’ll wait until next episode to really go in to the “white trash dip” comment, but just keep in mind that I really felt like my life was unraveling at the seems, so tensions were running high for me. Watching myself and how I handle that is not easy. 

The farm to table concept is interesting to me. I love the idea of restaurants being responsible for knowing where their ingredients are coming from. However, there are very loose rules right now on regulating what is considered an “organic” farm. It is also VERY expensive to get the certification for an organic farm, and a lot of mom and pop farms who truly are organic can not afford the certification. To me, eating local produce is more important than if the labeling is “organic”. 

Lastly, want to quickly mention the Lindsey/Brenda situation. Everyone in the industry knows Lindsey and Brenda’s boss are super duper close, they always have been. It became apparent that Lindsey was the bug in her ear talking about Brenda. Especially that week when we were at Santa Ynez, it seemed like Lindsey just had it out for Brenda in the workplace. Brenda is my best friend, and even though we’ve had ups and downs, I wanted to make it known that I had her back in that situation. Love you B!

 

23 comments
Pia110
Pia110

I'm late to this but I felt your pain. Having lost my job in May I fully understand how a job can become your identity. It seems your were set to fail. I hope truly hope you have found a new and better position.

Skyeblueskye
Skyeblueskye

It's being prejudiced I know, but I can't stand that this girl looks and sounds like Rachael Ray (who gets on my nerves with her cutsyness).

aszeto23
aszeto23

Boo hoo hoo! I doubt you're white trash when your father was the VP of a large company and you said that your mother never had to work a day after she married your father. Please, go back to the mid-west!

ponce0125
ponce0125

Jessica you are one of my favorites on the show. I think Lindsey is the one causing most of the drama. seems like shes trying to cause drama for more fame. Everyone knows she did Brenda dirty with her boss and the way she treated you at the dinner at pink taco when you worked so hard to make it a fun enjoyable night for the girls...and then making fun of the cute gifts you made for them??? She totally deserved for you to tell her you weren't going to give her 5,000 for a cocktail list.....I am sorry but she acts so unprofessional, I would never hire her for my bar. Hang in there girl you are an amazing worker and I am sure you will get job offers from everywhere!!! Kat, Brenda and you need to stick together and always have each others back!!!

Perrier015
Perrier015

People are so mean... This happened over a year ago, so I'm sure you have moved on. But I'm really happy you left the job because it clearly was becoming your life. You seemed to be sooo hard on yourself. Don't beat yourself up! 

You are young and have so much ahead of you. :) Geez people, give the girl a break. 

iheartdogs
iheartdogs

As a Hotel & Restaurant Sales Management expert (for over 20 years), I'm surprised at how someone so young, immature and inexperienced as you was ever hired as a "Director of Sales & Marketing" in the first place... even for Harry Morton. Your lack of knowledge in food, service, in business overall and your attitude as a leader (or lack thereof) is just such a surprise! Really? You were in your office all night putting sales kits together? Seriously, that's not a Director task! And, really? "spreadsheets with numbers"?? LOL!! I didn't know there can be anything else. It doesn't matter if you were working on forecasting, revenue, sales goals, p&L, or whatever "numbers" you have on your spreadsheets, try using the word "REPORT" it should suffice and will make you sound less clueless. 

 

I highly doubt you were ever a "Boss" if so, then your firing was well deserved. You have lots to learn and in this industry, you can't BS your way You're fooling no one... at least those of us in the industry.

Confidential
Confidential

I feel for you 100% on losing your job. I believe it may be a blessing to part from a company that didn't acknowledge your efforts and hard work. But on that on your fight over the dip....... What the helllll????? No one called you white trash, Waylynn joked that the dip was supermarket, normal, average and pedestrian. I'm black so I stay away from racial slurs in whole but she didn't say you were trashy AT ALL. You basically had a fight that you started with yourself. Yeesh.

shysharon
shysharon

I hope you explained it all that to that boss before leaving, but regardless, I hope you never let your job define you again! I went through a separation of employment and was devastated at the backstabbing and lies....and will never let work be that important to me again EVER!

Andrea91745
Andrea91745

You're fun, you're cute... glad you aren't my boss though!

Jettybaby
Jettybaby

That Lindsey chick is T R O U B L E.  Mean, mean girl.  

momo2
momo2

You behave like a child and until you grow up you will continue to find yourself in these bad situations including not having the support of your peers.  The situation with Brenda is ridiculous.  Instead of taking sides, an adult would try to make it better for all, but instead you helped fuel the fire with your "support" simply because of your perceived slight by Lindsay.  You shouldn't solely blame Lindsay for what happened since you didn't do your  job and give her the tools to do hers properly and give you what was needed. More of you should take lessons from.  Waylynn isn't perfect, no one is, but she shows class and how an adult and professional behaves in awkward and bad situations. You and Brenda should take some lessons from her instead of showing that both of you come off as untrustworthy with bad attitudes.

SFViewer
SFViewer

I feel for you this week. 

modernista
modernista

You talk so down to your co workers. The result is they will not only not like you but not respect you. As a boss, you should inspire. Then you will earn their respect. White trash comment: you have to expect to get some ribbing if you bring store bought, chemical food processed dip to this foodie group. So you are out of your (food) league. Just own it and laugh with them. This is about your own insecurities. The comment was innocent and applicable, considering your planned weekend of digging your own food and eating it. It's Lindsay, not Lindsey. From one journalist major to another.

Glimmer88
Glimmer88

I like you Jess.  Wasn't sure at first cause I thought you were gonna just be a little beotch, but no, you're fine and cute and funny LOL.  That is really sh*tty of your team to do that behind your back, but I guess you learned that people are lazy and will do anything to keep their job. That's ok--they will get what's coming to them eventually.  I hope we get to see you land a much better job, or get your old one back with a promotion and raise or something good at least !!  And about Waylynn's "trailer park" dip remark--that really offends me cause I live in a mobile home park that is very nice, and I have a very good job and I am definitely NOT trash.  I really get sick of that stereotype.  She should understand that not everyone eats glamourous gourmet food all the time--well maybe she does but that seems kinda dumb. Can't you just enjoy some doritos and grocery store dip once in a while and not be labeled as trash??????.  I like Waylynn but that was rude and I think she meant it to be a put down.  Don't worry about it.   LOVE the show !!  I hope there's a second season.   PS--- I'm getting sick of Kat's little affected valley girl voice.  She has to add the oooooooahhhh  at the end of every sentence.  SUPER annoying !

fiesta
fiesta

Nothing like a bag of potato chips & dip once in a while!  Had to rewind it to be sure!  Loved it!

ianman1128
ianman1128

Why wouldnt you just fight for the fact that you did the work in the first place? 

RevLALAAA
RevLALAAA

girl, you know food, you know biz OPEN your own place.  Let the Morton's have that!

vanessagulch
vanessagulch

 @iheartdogs

I agree wholeheartedly. My feeling is that she was nothing more than a glorified assistant that the company milked for what they could and/or until they couldn't stand her anymore. She is living proof that one can ALWAYS be replaced.

Jettybaby
Jettybaby

 @momo2 She's young and inexperienced not to mention the pressure from her dad.  She'll learn.  Cut the kid a break.  Remember Jess, when one door closes, another opens.  Good luck.

momo2
momo2

 @Jettybaby

 Young and inexperienced is one thing but no excuse for bad behavior or to blame others for their own behavior. Perhaps that is why she was fired.  I hope this was/is a wakeup call for her and she doesn't become another Brenda, She can change herself and I hope she does. I wish her luck but only time will tell.