Oh yeah. I’ve worked for a very large company for the last 13 years or so, and they have a policy of room sharing. And yes, I have to travel a few times a year.
Room sharing is a HUGE problem for me, for many of the reasons mentioned already. For chrissake, this isn’t a bleeping slumber party! Plus, I have chronic insomnia, so I normally stay up all night reading or watching TV or both (and reading the Dope, of course!); having a roommate would mean I’d have to keep the lights and TV off and lay in the dark declining Russian nouns for entertainment. Not gon’ do that.
The alternative is for me to pay the difference between the cost of the shared room vs. the private room. This really hacks me off - why should I have to cough up my own money for the “privilege” of spending a week of my life at the stupid sales conference??? I’d be dreading this trip even if I didn’t have the room-sharing dilemma . . . a week in Las Vegas (in August) with 15,000 sales people = hell. Room-sharing for a week in Las Vegas at the sales conference = hell with Fred Phelps heckling on the side.
I could also decline to attend, but that would be a career-(and therefore income-)damaging move.
I just got another reminder email to register (ooh, and pick my roommate!) so I need to figure out what the heck to do soon. Sigh.