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I've worked lots of places in lots of roles: Delivery truck driver, Boilermaker, antenna rigger, Professional Musician, Electronic Technician, Electrical Engineer, and for most of my career: Software Turkey.

I want to say this large company is the most unprofessional place I've ever worked, but then I think about other jobs such as TTI that stiffed us all for 10 months salary -- or had us work 2-1/2 years at 66% however you want to look at it, or maybe NeoPlanet with a cast from a bad sitcom running the show, I could go on, but I digress (as usual).

So maybe this place isn't the *most* unprofessional, but the personnel rank up there.

I'm in a small room off a factory. There are 3 managerial offices, and 36 common-folk of various skill-sets in a variety of single to quad cubicles. No matter where you sit though, because of the layout and location, you've got a hard wall as one wall of your cubicle.

Because of that hard wall, everything echoes. I get off the phone, and the guy in the next cubicle makes a comment in response to my phone conversation... I hate that it can be heard and I hate that they do that!

These people have no problem yelling from cube to cube to carry on running conversations some of which are actually work-related. There's a lady two cubes away that talks so loud I can clearly hear every phone conversation she has... all work-related but still...

Then the one in the next cubicle must have been raised on a farm because there's only one volume setting: LOUD... "HEY MARGE, CAN I GET IN FOR A QUICK APPOINTMENT AFTER WORK TONIGHT?" ... sigh

Also that cube is the 'party cube' so that's where all the candy, cake, donuts, and leftovers sits. Anything MzLoud brings in has to have a verbal recipe associated with it at least 10 times during the day, and of course at volume.

I've had running conversations over the top of my cube from people in the next one on each side.

The weird thing is... the boss sits with an open door closer to this whole fiasco than me.

So I wear a pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones, and crank up Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, Wes Montgomery, or Jimmy Smith to the point I can't hear the racket... what the heck, I already have a hearing loss from playing guitar.

Posted on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:08 AM Rants | Back to top


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Does remind me of a place I worked before my IT career. I was helping a bank close out companies. One of the companies was some sort of textile operation... i think. All I saw of the place was a small warehouse in a cave... literally a cave. It was in a place called "downtown underground" and was some renovated mines of some sort. I sat for hours with some extremely over weight lady who read romance novels while I cut "Made in Pakistan" labels off of wash clothes. Then we repackaged them and loaded them into boxes. The woman needed some simple hygiene and some manners. I'll spare everyone the details, but towards the end of the job the business in the next office space was busted by the police for making illegal porn movies. All of this was in just a few months and I really needed the money; needless to say I was very glad when that was all over.
Left by thesisus on May 26, 2010 2:44 PM

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Yikes... ok you win :)
Left by Dave on May 26, 2010 3:59 PM

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I would be lost without headphones at my work. The white noise drowns out cracking knuckles (I googled it and it said the only bad thing about cracking your knuckles is the effect it has on the people around you), smacking lips (I hate "listening" to people eat), and the guy 2 cubes down and 1 over on the phone (MrLoud).
Left by bushfoot on May 27, 2010 5:06 AM

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