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broccoli!
12-05-2000, 09:18 AM
Me: Wireless computer networking specialist, like it, pay sucks.

NothingMan
12-05-2000, 09:23 AM
Radio DJ, programmer, producer

love it

pay sucks

hours suck and there are many of them

very good benefits

basically I can't complain

rats

screech-owl
12-05-2000, 09:25 AM
Me: Non-profit environmental organization.

Understaffed.
Overworked (because of the above).
Underpaid (for the amount of work I do in one 7-hour shift)

Love it.
Absolutely.

Non-tangible benefits far outweigh the stress factors.
(Okay, I could use a vision plan on my insurance, but that's okay.)

Eve
12-05-2000, 09:28 AM
Nine-to-five: Magazine copy editor. HATE it. The literary equivalent of following the circus elephants with a pail and shovel.

Freelance: Biographer. LOVE it. Doesn't make much money, but it's the only thing that makes me wanna get out from under the covers.

Rosebud
12-05-2000, 09:38 AM
Administrative assistant to the director of a tv & radio awards program at a big-ass university. Meaning I do all the day to day stuff, while the boss does the flashier things.

To borrow screech-owl's list, I'm:
Underpaid
Overworked (yet bored)
Don't love it, but it's putting me through grad school.

Philster
12-05-2000, 10:04 AM
I work for one of the big three national credit bureaus (you know, we're the folks you can thank for that instant auto loan you got on your good credit, or the folks you hate because you couldn't get that instant auto loan on your bad credit).

I'm a manager....blahh...it's the lowest. I work with a bunch of corporate slaves who have no life, spend too much time at work and too much time travelling. They uproot their whole families and move away from loved ones for a few extra bucks like it's nothing.

I hate it. I'd rather dig ditches for a living.

On top of that, most of them are dimwits, unable to approach anything intelligently, and they're too busy backstabbing or having knives removed from their own backs.

All they do is complete tasks all day, many not very well...but they complete tasks - zippity friggin do-da. No charisma, no personalities...a big bunch of "nothings".

It's the freakin' lowest. I hate it.

Anybody got a job for a fun, brash intelligent guy in the Phily area? Someone with brains, personality and a desire to do things right and do them better? Anybody think that having fun at work could actually make people MORE PRODUCTIVE and HAPPIER? Anybody believe, like me, that rules are guidelines and not set in stone to anyone reasonably intelligent? Anybody interesteed in working with a human being? Please e-mail me!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

inoci
12-05-2000, 10:11 AM
i'm a syadmin in a distribution center. actually, i'm more than that. i'm the entire MIS department here, which means that not only do i have the normal 40hrs, but i'm on call. even my vacations (there have been 2 vacation days for me this year) are interrupted with calls from work. i hate my job, but i love what i do.

jjjfishe
12-05-2000, 10:14 AM
waitress - normally love it, but the hours aren't the best, some of my coworkers aren't the brightest, get an occasional undesirable customer, and money isn't guaranteed. Make 2.13 and depend on my tips. I'll get anywhere from 7 to 25 dollars an hour.

Coffeehouse - love it, pay stinks, have to be up early also.

giftshop - love the discounts, pay really really stinks, hours are good.

All this and I'm a student as well. 13 classes away from my degree.....
I'm counting down...

romanticide
12-05-2000, 10:20 AM
I work at AOL as a tech assistant. I used to like it. I used to have to think. Now they have this new tool out that basically tells us what to do. We have this rule here - 1 call one fix. You use the tool, give the member the first fix it gives you, tell the member to try it and if it doesn't work call us back. I HATE that. And the people I had to deal with were to dumbest of the dumb, usually. It's bad for the BP when you have to explain to some stupid woman who insists on telling you 50 bazillion times how computer stupid she is how to freaking right-click. 6 times!!!!! But now I'm training for DSL tech, which is new and cutting edge here at AOL, so that should be better. So I guess you can say I hated my job, but now I actually kinda like it.

broccoli!
12-05-2000, 10:28 AM
SHERLOCK!!!! Lol, I did the AOL Training, but they gave me the one shift bid I absolutly could not work, so I went to CGS (in Tampa)...

Small world I suppose.

Typo Negative
12-05-2000, 10:34 AM
User Help Desk. A great company. But work is very slow and I work the graveyard shift. The moneys ok. When we get some new customers in, it'll be a lot more fun.

Aglarond
12-05-2000, 10:43 AM
Support engineer - Telcom. Sit around waiting for stuff to go wrong.

Overpaid.
Underworked.
Love it.

Kiki
12-05-2000, 10:55 AM
Administrative Assistant to the Underwriting Manager at a very large insurance company.

I love my job. Occassionally I'm too busy to read/post to the board and that's the only drawback... that and the fact that it takes me 30 minutes to drive here from where I live.

I work from 8-4 Monday through Friday and I make really good money for the little bit of work that I do. The benefits suck but they're better than nothing. I also have a really great boss to work for. He doesn't look over my shoulder and he doesn't watch every little move I make because he knows that I'll get my work done and that it will be done right.

Delta-9
12-05-2000, 11:09 AM
Administrative Assistant to the Regional Manager for Children's World Learning Centers.

My boss is constantly traveling, so I always have to keep myself busy. I'm usually lurking here the better part of the day.

I'm also a part-time record producer and engineer for
Delta-9 Studios in Elgin, IL. Hopefully this will be my full time gig very soon.

lno
12-05-2000, 11:10 AM
Quality assurance, software- and web-testing. The pay is decent, but then, I've only been out of college a year. I love it. It's a challenge to hunt and track bugs in code that isn't mine, and it's gleefully selfishly fun to say "Ok, it's broken, now you go fix it" to the developer.

I can't imagine what it'd be like if I hated my job and couldn't bear to get out of bed. I'm probably luckier than I realize.

BiblioCat
12-05-2000, 11:22 AM
Kindergarten teacher at a somewhat hoity-toity private school. The hours are good (part-time), the pay sucks (of course), the kids are great (for the most part), but it's the stupid parents of the kids that I hate.

I was thinking of starting a Pit thread about them.
Some examples:
You spent 20 minutes at Back-to-School night telling me how smart your kid is, then he gets here and I find out, that at age five, he can't even recognize his own name.

We explained that your child needs a BACKPACK for school. Not a tote bag, not a mesh grocery bag, not a paper sack. A BACKPACK. How hard is that?

Read the newsletter I send home, dummy. One comes home every week. Why is it still in your child's backpack a week later, all crumpled up? You look like an idiot when you show up at school with your child and it turns out school is closed that day for an in-service training seminar. Don't say, "No one told me school was closed", because it was in the newsletter AND it was on the school calendar you got at the beginning of the year.

Ok, that's enough hijacking, I guess. When I get home later I just may have to start that Pit thread.

Narile
12-05-2000, 12:07 PM
Design Test Engineer at a Midsized semiconductor company.

Basically my job is pass/fail new designs and characterize them before they go to production on them. I get the specs on the new chips the day it is decided to design them, I sit down with the chip designer and we both go over what needs to be tested. I then design new test hardware if needed, and new software (Always needed).

The pay is SoSo for the valley.

Am getting burned out, I am much better with designing small widgets and software modules to be later used than trying to come up with a complete test.

Ceejaytee
12-05-2000, 12:14 PM
Legal Editor. I went to law school and now I edit books for other lawyers.

Used to be a fabulous job--lots of research, writing and showing off how much smarter I am than many of the lawyers who write for us.

Now I sit around all day, putting in SGML tags. Yeah.

I am underpaid and severly underappreciated. Someday I hope to become a law librarian. Resumes are on the way.

Maeglin
12-05-2000, 12:41 PM
Administrative assistant in a nonprofit political activism organization.

Love the organization, need more interesting work for the job.
I make beans and live in New York City.

I'd love to work harder, as long as it isn't punching in more names into the database.

Ivy League degree. Great intentions. :shrug and sigh:

MisterTot
12-05-2000, 01:00 PM
Help Desk support operator/LAN Administrator/Network Engineer/Indentured servant to the U.S. Army

First of all, the pay really sucks! The benefits are greatly overexaggerated. Most of the people I work with are complete morons who, mostly, don't really have legitimate work orders. I am the low man on the totem pole and am force fed just about as much crap as humanly possible by the people who outrank me. Everyone thinks they are the most important person and expect me to drop everything I am doing right away when they need service. Even though I go out of my way to go that extra mile, all I am thanked with is more demands.

On the upside, the work itself is really enjoyable. Although I hate the Army, I do really enjoy my job. Things could be worse. If only we lived in a perfect world...
I am really proud of the fact that I do my job really well. Even though the people are terribly demanding of me, it is rewarding to be called names like "Guru" and "Dr. Long". And more rewarding still (although when I am having a bad day it can be rather annoying) is the fact that of the 300+ users that we support, most of them bypass both of my bosses and come directly to me for support. Not to brag, but it is because I have a much larger knowledge base of the work and am much more expedient.

Ringo
12-05-2000, 01:53 PM
District Geophysicist with an oil & gas exploration company.

It's fun to find a new oil or gas field, so that part is satisfying. But I've got a lot of work and much of it makes my brain hurt. I personally think the compensation rocks, but I only recently came in from the cold (April of this year after 10 years of having my own company); even my boss gripes about the pay. It's a corporado life, so there's politics and a pecking order; fortunately nobody else around here thinks they understand what I do, so I don't get second-guessed too much.

Overall I think I do like it. I've been in this industry for 20 years, though, and I've seen disaster strike (we don't "adjust to market conditions;" we just have the bottom fall out every few years). I think if I get caught in the next downturn I might just go sell t-shirts at the beach.

Athena
12-05-2000, 02:08 PM
Software Engineer with major Storage Software company. I get to write blindingly exciting software products like backup software and stuff that compresses your files and stores them on tapes.

I'm overpaid,
underworked 75% of the time, overworked 25% of the time
and I hate it.

I've sold out & decided to work for the money for another couple years. Luckily, I can get to the Straight Dope most days, so it makes it somewhat enjoyable.

cheezit
12-05-2000, 02:31 PM
I work in an automobile new car dealership as a warranty adminstrator. The pay sucks. The job sucks. The people that work there wouldn't know how to communicate if their lives depended on it. It's boring. Been there 13 1/2 years. I hate it. I am going on vacation in a week and a half. I am going to spend the whole week putting in applications at other places.

Hopefully I'll be able to find something that matches my sig. :D

curious george
12-05-2000, 02:32 PM
Computer programmer at a University.
Sometimes I like, sometimes I don't.
I'm paid ok but less than my coworkers, who get too much. They are workaholics with lousy personalities. That's one of my biggest dislikes at this place--my coworkers. I wish they were more like me.

Corixidae
12-05-2000, 02:40 PM
Help desk manager for a national health-benefits company. Good pay, good benefits, 8-to-5 hours. On call all the time (even on vacation) but never get paged.

Great job.

andyman
12-05-2000, 03:25 PM
I'm a document analyst for a major insurance company. Basically, I create and revise forms, control the traffic to our print shop, and review anything to be printed that has been done by other departments. Occassionally I get to do something creative designwise.

Great benefits (free health insurance!), good hours (8-4:30), decent pay (Enough to pay for an apartment and truck note and have enough left over at the end of the month to save a little bit).

Joyfulgirl
12-05-2000, 03:36 PM
I work as a janitor at a BOWLING ALLEY! Yes, and the bad part is, I absoloutly hate bowling. All those rental shoes, and bad outfits... I shudder to even recall it. The worst thing about it, though, is that some people actually CLIP THEIR TOENAILS and then LEAVE THEM ON THE FLOOR! BY THE SEATS! I mean, what kind of inbred, disgusting person does that*? Huh? Ok, I will only say this once. If you absoloutly HAVE to clip them, please do so IN THE BATHROOM!!! Ahhh, ok, I feel better now :)


*Note- I mean no offense to those who are actually inbred and disgusting. I think you're great people. Really.

zyzzyva
12-05-2000, 04:07 PM
Web designer for a law firm's intranet. Underworked and overpaid (yes, that's correct). 8 hours a day here, with maybe 15 minutes or so spent actually working. Not exactly what one would call fulfilling. I feel like my brain is atrophying. I think i'm gonna talk to some nonprofits to see if i can work on their websites. I certainly have the time! The pay used to be very very good. Now i've gone from contract to full time and the pay has dropped to just very good. The benefits are a lot better, though: 4 weeks paid vacation! Woohoo!

This is, of course, assuming i don't get laid off because someone notices just how little i actually do.

BunnyGirl
12-05-2000, 04:37 PM
I'm a Technical Typist at a very large midwestern state university. Which means, I do desktop publishing, typing up of grant proposals, articles for publication etc.

I like it. It keeps me busy, which is very important (some of you older Dopers remember my job woes the past couple years) and the people in my department are great.

I have my own office (with two windows!), drive 10 minutes to work, will be able to ride my bike to work in the summer, have basically no dress code (other than "keep your body covered"), and the benefits ROCK.

Plus, after I've put in a year here, they will give me free tuition up to 14 credit hours a year at either the University or the local community college. Of course, the best part is a great computer, scanner, T-1 line access and all the surfing I can do! ;) Especially since I don't have a computer at home.

To all those out there who hate your job, I'll say to you what my dad said to me while I was employed at someplace I hated: "The only thing you can never replace is time. You spend too much of your life at work to not enjoy what you do." This from a packaging engineer who quit GM to become a carpenter because that was what he loved.

pezpunk
12-05-2000, 06:26 PM
I work for a major Telco selling DSL to residential users. I have had way worse jobs but this one is no peach. The pay is okay but there is no flexibility and quite honestly, people can be very difficult to deal with. Nobody wants to hear that they do not qualifiy for DSL. I leave with a headache everyday. It's a good "springboard" job though. If things don't work out, my band is starting to pick up speed so maybe I will be in a new full time career soon. If broccoli could find a drummer our bands could have a show together and all the tampa dopers could come out.

Crusoe
12-05-2000, 06:29 PM
IT risk consultant. Spend my days drawing flowcharts, interviewing grumpy IT staff who'd rather be anywhere than speaking to me and explaining to auditors and accountants what these brightly coloured bleeping boxes do and why they are important to company accounts.

Ad Noctum
12-05-2000, 06:37 PM
Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
Webmaster/webpage designer
Pay is OK
Boss is the Shit
hrs are the shit
most coworkers are the shit
my main coworker is a shit
http://www.brainerddispatch.com

LazarusLong42
12-05-2000, 06:42 PM
Research Assistant II (what does the II mean? I have no idea. Ask them :) at the University of Michigan, in Molecular Biology.

The hours are great, because I basically set my own 40-hour schedule during which I do about 30 hours of work;

The people are relatively interesting;

The pay sucks. I could work across the city for twice as much and, after a year or so, probably will be.

Oh yeah. I like what I do. But I don't want to have to do it forever.

LL

jk1245
12-05-2000, 06:43 PM
Biochemist for start-up biotech company.

Work is very interesting, usually, though I'm starting to get "fidgety". Pay? OK, I guess. Still it does piss one off to talk to your college friends who are making nearly six-figs for selling widgets. These are the same friends who flunked out of college for a semester (or year), then came back strong and graduated with a sterling 2.1 GPA. Meanwhile, I double majored with a 3.4 and am currently going to grad school at night.

Ah well, no one ever said saving the world would be lucrative.

Then again, maybe we'll get bought out and my options will be worth something :)

Nacho4Sara
12-05-2000, 06:55 PM
I'm a Marketplace Co-Worker at IKEA, a Swedish furniture store. I like it, sort of. I am underpaid for the work I do - every day, I process and oversee all the incoming stock for my department (Textiles), make sure the stock gets on the floor (I do most of it myself - about 5-10 pallets a day), organize stock coming from the air, help customers, make signs, merchandize new products, etc. All the normal bullshit for a sales job. Unfortunately, I'm the only full-timer in my department, so I run it during the day. For three months, I had no stocking help, which meant I put everything on the floor myself. That was awful.

My department covers bath linens, shower curtains, throw cushions, throw blankets, bedspreads, quilts, quilt covers, pillows, sheets and bed linens, curtains, curtain rods, finials, roman shades, pleated shades, and mattress pads. I know all the Swedish names for every product in my department, and in Children's and Rugs too (the dep'ts are next to mine). It's a lot of work (especially when customers think I'm a personal shopper).

The only thing keeping me going is the benefits (full coverage, dental and vision, also acupuncture) and the people I work with. They keep me smiling.

In January I switch to part-time and go back to school full-time, which will be a much needed break.

Pammipoo
12-05-2000, 07:03 PM
I work at mcDonald's. I'm a manager in training, so I'm basically a slave right now. I don't get to do the real manager stuff (counting money, filling out paperwork, etc), but instead I get to babysit. Try keeping 6-12 teenagers occupied for a good 8 hours. The adults that work during the day are a piece of cake. They know what to do, when to do it. Once school gets out, it's hell.
The pay's decent, for a job with no college education behind it. Minimum is $6, I make $7.75
Nothing to brag over, but hey, I'm not complaining.

dewt
12-05-2000, 07:06 PM
Eve, copy editor... I LMAO remembering exactly how big a shovel I needed, when I was editing.

Now I run my own renovations thingy. Mostly fences and decks but this winter I'm building a barn. The pay fluctuates between wikkit and sucky.

I spent the latter part of today chipping and shovelling about ten tonnes of frozen 0-3/4 gravel in a snowstorm so that the dump trucks can get in to the site tommorrow with another 200 tons. At least it won't be frozen.

I love my job. If I won a million tonight, I'd still go in tommorrow. (wearing much better boots and I'd have a brand new back-hoe with me too.)

LifeWillFall
12-05-2000, 09:10 PM
I'm a do anything that needs to be done guy in a small law firm in the valley. My firm has 2 lawyers and 1 paralegal and 3 people with my job (the 3 are all part time). I get paid very well for the work and considering it's part time. No dress code, I could come to work naked with blue pubes if I wanted. It used to be busy but my boss the main lawyer made way too much money suing insurance causes for bad faith (Multiple multi-million dollar verdicts on 45% retainers) and now comes to work twice a week usually after 6pm which is when I leave. Now I do almost nothing. I have the best job I can think of for being 18 and going to school, but I hate it. I don't know how I'm going to survive in the real world

Fretful Porpentine
12-05-2000, 09:32 PM
Teaching fellow, large state university.

Underpaid, undertrained, and constantly worried that I'm doing more harm than good (having had my share of bad teachers in my life). Free to work more or less whenever I feel like it, and to teach my classes however I see fit. Totally over the moon when students ask me how they can register for my class next semester. Totally despairing when one of them is having trouble and I just don't know how to help them. Occasionally in the grip of a crisis of conscience. Usually fascinated by the complex process of figuring out how people learn. Amused to the point of hysteria by some of the typos I get in student papers.

Yeah. I guess I like it.

AuntiePam
12-05-2000, 09:46 PM
Human Resources Administrator for a manufacturing company (union production workers, non-union management) -- a large employer in a small, rural area

Pay and benefits okay, but at a standstill for the last two years except for a couple of small bonuses

Love the co-workers (except one)

15 minute commute -- country driving, deer and stuff

Currently conflicted -- balancing HR stuff (keeping workers happy) with business stuff (making money for the shareholders).

This is the first place I've worked where I've had to go along with policies that I don't believe in. It's harder than I thought.

tubagirl
12-05-2000, 10:23 PM
I'm a tech/cust care agent for a PDA internet service. I am the department scapegoat. I'm the best person they have here but have no opertunity for advancement. Most the people here hate me because I don't go out and party with them. I'm paid pretty Ok for doing so little in Florida. The benefits are OK too. I pay too much for my health care though. I'm looking towards a blackmale induced promotion in January, which will hopefully be better. We'll see. I give myself till Febuary before finding another job...

Shadowfox
12-05-2000, 10:41 PM
Independent contractor for the largest medical transcription company in the United States. The pay sucks and I get no benefits, but I work from home, set my own hours, and I generally like the job. I could get a better paying job in a hospital, but I would end up handing over most of my salary to a day care center, so this job works for me right now.

Ringo
12-05-2000, 11:33 PM
I'm looking towards a blackmale induced promotion

Hmm...., can you flesh out that story a bit?

Little Nemo
12-06-2000, 12:19 AM
I'm the watch commander of a medium security prison. I'm generally overpaid and underworked but I get the blame when anything goes wrong. I've been doing this for eightteen years now and I would have gotten out by now if I didn't like it.

andygirl
12-06-2000, 12:28 AM
When I'm not a student...

Regular job: retail clothing. I got into it because I needed new clothes for school. Pay is decent, discount makes up for it. I'm quitting after December, though.

Job I love: freelance reporting/columnist. I worked for two different papers at home. I'm going to try to get a full time, reasonably paid job at one. Not holding my breath, though. If I were a dreamer, I'd work harder to get my column syndicated, but damn it, the head of the syndicate said it was "too local". Hmph.

Volunteer stuff: I manage a bunch of lists for gay teenagers. I also volunteer at the local equity theater. In theory, it's a paying job. They gave me $50 for my first play, and that's really fine by me. ;)

Jophiel
12-06-2000, 01:57 AM
I'm a landscape design estimator which means that when my company gets in designs that people want us to install for big commercial jobs, I'm the first step in deciding how much it'll cost them and if we want the job or not.

Underworked at the moment, but it's the dead of winter. Come March and April, I'll be amazingly overworked. As is, I'm done with everything on my plate and am taking the chance to learn some new stuff to make myself more valuable.

Pay is.. okay, at the moment. I'm making more than they'd generally pay my position, but it was a move from within the company so I know more than someone they'd hire off the street. We'll see how my raise goes in April (which has a lot to do with the making myself more valuable portion).