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Old 05-24-2005, 05:55 PM   #31
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I lasted maybe a month; before I stopped showing up.
The only problem here is "I stopped showing up" Even a bad employer needs to have a notice if possible.
If I worked for a bad employer, I always tried to determine when the most inopportune time to leave him would be, what could be stolen or sabotaged, and how many ways I could possibly aid in the destruction of his business.

Hey, if you treat your employees poorly, they're going to treat you poorly in return.
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:20 PM   #32
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I always tried to determine when the most inopportune time to leave him would be, what could be stolen or sabotaged, and how many ways I could possibly aid in the destruction of his business
That's the problem with today's workplace. Sure if you have a bad job, by all means get out of it.

When I was just getting started a older gentleman gave me some advice that I have always carried with me where ever I worked. it went something like this "if you work for someone, then by george work for them, do your best, appreciated or not, if you find you can no longer work for them then yes leave, once you are gone you can bad mouth them until your blue in the face."

I've had some bad jobs, I've had some good jobs, however the way I approach a job you could not tell which ones I felt were the bad ones.

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Hey, if you treat your employees poorly, they're going to treat you poorly in return.
There is still no excuse for stealing, that can land you in jail. as for sabotage, well there have been times when the thought more than crossed my mind. Can't say I ever did anything but I sure wanted to.

I'm now dropping this rant since it has nothing to do with the actual topic. just wanted to get that off my chest.
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Old 05-24-2005, 08:46 PM   #33
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dralarms, you have a commendable work ethic, and it is one that I follow - can't help it, I was raised that way, though there have been jobs where I sure wanted to get back at them.
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dralarms, TG. As a small business co-owner, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Often the definition of a "bad boss" is in the eye of the beholder. Heck, I worked for eight years for Winn-Dixie supermarkets. I started cleaning toilets and ended up as a meat cutter before quitting to go to lawschool. I had good days, bad days, good bosses, bad bosses, etc... I tried to keep my attitude the same (did not always succeed, though ).

Now, when I interview a new candidate for a position in my firm, I like to ask about their prior supervisor. It is in effect a license to rant. Whether they choose to do so can be a testament to their character. I think the reason we all like this post is because every job has its bad points. It is, however, up to us to deal with them in a mature manner.

In the end, I quit Winn Dixie after eight years, walking out with a good reputation and my head held high. This, even though there were times where in my head, I quit that job almost every day. Even now, nine years later, they are still glad to see me when I go visit.
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The worst job I ever had was when I work for local Zoo. Summer job cleaning out cages...ICK.. But as I look back on it I learned a lot from the animal caretakers. BTW I got to pet all the baby tigers Prolly the best part.. so I guess nit so bad after all lol
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being a boat builder by trade, I started my apprenticeshp at Austal Ships, Perth WA,
First week we had to move 20 tonnes of 1m long railway track, from outside the shed area to inside an 80metre vehicle ferry, ready for see trials
This was before they realised they could just crane a forklift up onto the upper mezzanine level, so every piece of track had to be carried one by one onto the boats...
me being a skinny weedy little apprentice, this was not a pleasant task..
It pretty much made or broke alot of the apprentices, there was 13 of us... 4 left in the first week alone..
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dralarms, you have a commendable work ethic, and it is one that I follow - can't help it, I was raised that way, though there have been jobs where I sure wanted to get back at them.

Thanks, been in the same spot.

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This is always the hardest part. Keeping your cool while everything is going to, well you get the idea.
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I am enjoying this thread because I think we have all wondered, "how could they DO that job?" and now we are hearing some of the stories that explain how someone might wind up in one of those less than desirable jobs that have to get done. Plus, we have all had sucky jobs that taught us a lot about our own character, what we will put up with in order to get a paycheck, and what we just won't.
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I agree TG.. and it is a great thread.
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Well lets see, I've been a paper boy, worked at KFC as a cook, did tele-marketing, worked for my control-freak father, and even worked at a place that should've gone bankrupt and didn't get paychecks for several months.

However the worst job I ever had was working at Wal~Mart. yes, Wal~Mart.

If you are not hired to be a manager at a walmart, you'll never be promoted to one. Walmart gives %4 raises to hourly employees on an annual basis...which equates to about 15 cents.
WalMart's bottom line is always their budget. It was not uncommon for them to make us clock out at 11pm (we closed at 10pm) and then force us to stay another 15-30 mins facing products, folding soft-goods, etc.
I also worked there for 18 months, but due to my hire and final work dates, I was 100% in-elligible for the profit sharing checks they hand out. technically I worked there the right dates, but since I wasn't an employee the day they passed out checks, I didn't get one.

Oh, and they loved to discriminate against male employees with pierced ears, but it was totally based on your region. For example the store 60 miles south of us was a different region, and they could wear earrings and have visible tattoos. At our store, failure to remove/cover up meant 1 write up, and then termination.

Yeah, Wal-Mart is freaking evil, and I don't really shop there anymore. For the above reasons, and also because they put mom & pop shops out of business. Sure competition is good, but when Wal-Mart places an order for 5,000 stores, they get a HUGE discount on the wholesale price - and that's why wal-mart has low prices.
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