Are You Stuck in 'Job Prison'?


Irwin Henry works at a public relations firm in lower Manhattan, which he likes to call "Mom and Pop plus Three." (The staff includes three full-time employees and the two owners).

The firm, which used to win awards and serve numerous clientele, has diminished to just five customers -- a number that the owners insist cannot increase because the company "can't handle being that large again." As a result, there are constant financial concerns, paychecks are late or handwritten, and in December 2008, there was an across-the-board salary reduction.