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Offline Rostum

Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #30 on: November 03, 2016, 12:49:56 PM »
and on to the next hoop of fire to be jumped through

Offline DireWolfSnow

Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #31 on: November 03, 2016, 10:16:50 PM »
Wow... I definitely understand how you guys feel.

My last full-time job was made up of nothing but shady cutthroats that would make the Black Diamonds (from Riyria) seem like pre-kindergarten Sunday school teachers. I was hourly and wound up having to pull a lot of work off the clock in order to make payroll each week. It's not that we didn't have it... it was that if we stayed under payroll that money went to my boss and his boss in the form of a bonus check. I was let go because I didn't charge a 20-something single mom $200 for a 5-minute computer repair.

New job is better. Lots better. I feel like they are making an honest effort to take care of their employees and ensure we feel appreciated. It's rough as we are launching a brand-new program for our company and naturally we are running about 2-3 weeks behind where we had wanted to be at this time. Still, it's a nice improvement.


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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #32 on: November 03, 2016, 10:59:13 PM »
"We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning
to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later
in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing;
and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress
while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization."

Found as a barrack room noticeboard comment on a British Army base in Occupied West Germany.

This. Just so much of this. Thank you.

I am going through this EXACT process right now working in municipal government, and I've recently been daydreaming of new methods of sharpening pencils to drive into my eardrums so I can block out the nonsense of this paradox of progress through reorganization.

I think I'm going to sneak into the office early tomorrow and write this quote on the boardroom whiteboard. Oh yes... YES!!!!  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #33 on: November 03, 2016, 11:14:21 PM »
@Lordoftheword Commiserations and understanding, but you better learn to live with it, because it  happens often :'( :'( :'(

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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2016, 02:15:22 AM »
So here's my rant. It's late, but I received news this evening that reawakened the hatred in my heart.

My last job involved growing a small defense contractor. I brought in about $3M/year in my first 90 days - if I had slept at home for the rest of the Year, I'd still have grown the company 25% virtually overnight and outperformed peers.

My boss was a real jerk. I gave him good advice, but he liked to embarrass and could not stand an idea that was not his own. I used his greed to let my ideas survive. There were three contracts we wanted: one worth $25M, one worth about $50M, and one worth - wait for it - $850M!  These are ceiling-values, meaning, if the customer spends all the money they allocate, and your idea/proposed solution is picked, you get up to that much money. Mind you, the firm had an annual income of $13M.

So I schemed and I came up 3 distinct, unique plans. I completely departed from the "established and accepted methodologies - overcame so much flak. I wrote three major proposals - ranging from 400 to 1,000 pages long, filled with my clever strategies to garner interest from the clients - all agencies in the intelligence community.

Today I learned that they (really I) won them all - that's a lot of sugar. I left that job a year ago to write my book. So although they got the golden eggs, the goose that laid them is ... here. Talking to you people :) I never got a dime for all my work, not even a thank you. And my salary was 15% lower than the norm. Screw em. Screw em all.
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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2016, 01:47:45 PM »
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This. Just so much of this. Thank you.

I am going through this EXACT process right now working in municipal government, and I've recently been daydreaming of new methods of sharpening pencils to drive into my eardrums so I can block out the nonsense of this paradox of progress through reorganization.

I think I'm going to sneak into the office early tomorrow and write this quote on the boardroom whiteboard. Oh yes... YES!!!!  ;D ;D ;D

Sorry should probably have mentioned it was originally written in Latin and the translation is accurate but nowhere as linguistically smooth. It was falsely attributed to a Roman Gaius Petronius Arbiter who died in 66AD.

It is a good rule for anyone working in quality or process development to take on as reorganisation is often a knee-jerk managerial reaction to a temporary change in conditions.

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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #36 on: November 10, 2016, 08:11:02 PM »
Technical Aptitude and Critical Thinking test tomorrow morning.

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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #37 on: November 10, 2016, 10:07:22 PM »
What exactly *is* that??
And are they after the interview, so that means good news for you?
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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #38 on: November 10, 2016, 10:28:36 PM »
Good question, it's been so long I can't remember  ;D

This is a technical interview and problem solving exercise to prove I can do what is on my CV and at the initial interview.

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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #39 on: November 10, 2016, 11:47:11 PM »
Good luck @Rostum

That gives me unpleasant memories for the "critical thinking" open response questions on college exams.

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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #40 on: November 11, 2016, 12:48:13 PM »
So the next hoop of fire is 31/2 days induction next week then assuming I don't screw that up I start work w/c 21/11.
It's not what I do, pays half (going up to 3/4 after 12 weeks) of what I should be earning and is only a six month contract, but it is me back to work.

I am going to have to curtail the voluntary work (at the busiest point of the year) and despite the vexations and occasional unpleasantness of it I will miss it and that was something that actually felt worth doing.

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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #41 on: November 13, 2016, 07:16:51 AM »

Grading papers on Sat night and trying to hold my temper while commenting when the research is badly constructed:


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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #42 on: November 13, 2016, 06:12:53 PM »
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Grading papers on Sat night and trying to hold my temper while commenting when the research is badly constructed:

Are they getting ahead of themselves and making assumptions or shaping the work to get a desired result?
Or have they not been taught what they should be doing?

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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #43 on: November 13, 2016, 06:35:40 PM »
They didn't follow instructions regarding relevance and scope. some did, many didn't

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Re: Special venting thread for people who hate their day job
« Reply #44 on: November 13, 2016, 07:21:56 PM »
Ahh self inflicted mark downs then.