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Ever start a new job that turned out to be a disaster ?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Big_Bend, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. Geoff738

    Geoff738 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yup.

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  2. wayloncash

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    I've had more than a couple safety issues with jobs, put my life on the line more than 2 dozen times, literally. I've seen cranes turn over, workers killed, connexs explode, chemical burns, walked on pipes 15 stories up covered with ice in 5 degree weather with no way to stay 100% tied off, concrete walls fall, tools and cables fall from 20 stories high, I've had each foot on the top of columns 5 ft apart 60ft high damn near doing the splits and catching a beam flying at my head.

    I started iron working at the bottom for the small companies before OSHA was actually enforcing the commercial sector. No harness, no breaks, no stopping for anything. Made it to the higher paying higher jobs, at this point they're talking safety but not following through (gotta wear a harness don't care if you tie off just look like it). Some of these places put you imn situations where you're certain something is gonna go wrong like "hey guys let's overload the crane to save time and money" or "Waylon, we gotta fly this steel today 120ft up even though the wind is blowing 40mph".

    I made it through all of that and retired my toolbelt; too smart to be an ironworker all my life. Took a job as a rigger (lifting with cranes), easiest job of my life. Now I have certifications, a future, get paid more, only work hard because I enjoy it (not a requirement), and get all kinds of time to play guitar(even at work).

    AND I STILL THiNK ABOUT DRAGGING UP EVERYDAY to go back to hanging IRON.
    If I hadnt needed the money I would have done it for free!
     
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  3. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

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    Absolutely.

    If I hadn't needed the money, I wouldn't have taken it - but I did.

    Call centre-based customer support.

    I have never had so much pointless BS to trawl through, nor had to endure such useless, petty management decisions.

    I consider myself pretty amenable, and patient - but my last day there ended with me telling the site manager exactly what I thought of his management style, and his processes.

    First (and only!) time I've been escorted off site.
     
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    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yep....and I move on when the time is right to do so. As long as the company isn't doing something illegal or unethical, I just bide my time until something better comes along.

    Enlightenment doesn't come.from a paycheck or a ledger sheet. My career is a means to an end--no more, no less.
     
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  5. raito

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    Several times. Which one do you want to hear about?

    Ok, just one. I had my first professional job, and it was great. Pay wasn't all that much, but was still twice what I'd ever made in the past. My boss, a great guy, comes to me one day and says, "I got offered a job with a company a friend of mine runs. But I didn't take it because I'm the top guy here. You should apply, because the execs here aren't going to give you another raise."

    So I got that job. The only PC guy at a UNIX company. I lasted about 10 months. Close to the last straw was at the snake-oil meeting where the guy who'd stepped down from management because he couldn't take it, and who said he was just an old COBOL guy and didn't get Windows or any of that, stood and quite literally screamed at me because I wouldn't swallow the koolaid offered by the big-time consultant on what our next platform ought to be.

    Then again, I had the temerity to be right about a couple things. Like how all our RFQs specifying Windows were going to be rejected, and why. I stated that everyone reviewing those RFQs had a computer at home running Windows, and showing a character-mode terminal, even if running on top of Windows, wasn't going to cut it.

    They went out of business because their dev crew finally up and left when they were told that there would be no new development, only maintenance.

    A couple years later, my old boss apologized for getting me into that job. The thing is, if I hadn't taken it, and been out of a job when I was, I wouldn't have done what I've done since.

    Just one in a series.
     
  6. boredguy6060

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    Two things I've learned from this,
    I didn't know it was optional to register for the Selective Service, or that it could show up on a background check 34 years later that you hadn't.
    I don't want to get this thread locked, so suffice it to say I have to agree with Ironwolf and leave it at that.
     
  7. wayloncash

    wayloncash Tele-Afflicted

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    That's not cool. There was and never will be a need for a draft. Regardless, there was no reason for the comment. It contributed nothing.
     
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    I strongly disagree with this. That's all I'm sayin'
     
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    Why didn't you register for Selective Service? What other responsibilities do you not take seriously?
     
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    After 9/11, the company I was working for began to lose all its customers, and they almost went bankrupt. I had to take a 10% pay cut to keep my job, and another 20% cut over time due to furloughed hours. I would have left the company sooner, but after sending out well over 100 resumes, I had no responses. Over a period of two years, I went through all my savings to survive, and then I got laid off. It took 6 more months to find another full time job, and though I like my current job and my coworkers, and it pays OK, it doesn't pay as much as I was making 10 years ago. But at my age, I consider myself lucky to be working full time for a company that seems to appreciate my work.

    And about that Selective Service stuff. I never criticize anyone with regard to the Selective Service, since I didn't serve in it. There was a draft lottery at the time, I was registered in it. I got a high number, and that's the last I heard of it. I don't feel any remorse for not having gone to Viet Nam.
     
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    When I started out in construction I had some terrible jobs. Low pay, bouncing paychecks, and A-hole bosses.

    There was one particular job I got that was the worst.

    The supervisor was always pushing everyone to go faster, and he always tried to set an example. One day I was working with him and we each framed identical walls. He finished his about 2 minutes faster, but he built it about 1/4" too high. He grabbed a mall and tried to force the wall into place and ended up breaking the truss. His mistake cost the company thousands of dollars for the new truss, plus all the labor.

    Another time he told me to get up on a steep roof with 3 inches of snow on it. He says," get on this side of the roof, the porch roof will break your fall and you won't get hurt as bad."
    I called him a F*#$#in idiot, and that was my last day on the job. I'm really surprised that I lasted there for 3 aggravating months.
     
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    Jezis...it's not like the guy put ketchup on a hot dog!
     
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  13. Stingfan73

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    I've had bosses that turned out to be disasters. I've always, and still maintained that a good boss makes any sucky job bearable, and makes a good job an ideal job. A boss can make or break things either way. I had what I still believe were psycho, micromanaging bosses with little expressed emotional intelligence or management smarts/people skills. It's a shame- the jobs were decent.
     
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