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Re: Least favorite non-geek(s) at my job:

by punch_card_don (Curate)
on Jun 27, 2008 at 21:02 UTC ( #694451=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Least favorite non-geek(s) at my job:

I have in my lifetime had the opportunity (or misfortune, depending on how you look at it) to occupy just about every level of job on the list. From summer jobs as a factory janitor, to the research scientist locked away in his lab, to the technical sales rep who spends Monday to Friday in hotels hawking the product, to the upper manager hanging out in the board room, to the landlord/repair man who owns the building.

And I can tell you, every job and the people that surround it, sucks in its own way.

When you're the janitor, everyone thinks you're dirt, or stupid, or both. Most of them wouldn't lower themselves to earning an honest day's pay bending their back and dirtying their hands.

When you're the science geek, all the non-geeks think that being a geek is what defines you. You're an object of humour. But they'll go home and watch their plasma TV and not give a thought to the geeks who slaved in anonymity discovering what plasma is in the first place.

When you're the sales rep, you're just a blowhard shark in most peoples' eyes. But who else has the guts to go out there and get rejected over and over and over again, spend his life living out of a suitcase, making sure that the bucks that keep them all employed keep rolling in?

When you're the manager, you're an idiot. Everyone knows how to do your job better than you. Everyone knows what the real priorities should be. Yep, everyone's an armchair quarterback, adn they don't realize that middle management is just about the most unenvious job there is on the planet, where you're squeezed beteen upper management demanding results, and the whining masses balking because they're convinced you've risen above your abilities.

Forget that fear of gravity,
Get a little savagery in your life.
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Re^2: Least favorite non-geek(s) at my job:
by jsleonard (Novice) on Jun 29, 2008 at 23:56 UTC
    Each position is necessary for the survival of the entity, but not each person. ;) I've had similar varied experience. Shouldn't everyone be able to wear the currently required hat, without ego?
Re^2: Least favorite non-geek(s) at my job:
by samizdat (Vicar) on Jul 01, 2008 at 19:02 UTC
    Bravo, punch_card_don! A hearty 'hear, hear' for this post. I've been most of them too. I've probably also been everybody's favorite doggy fireplug at one time or another. I've built companies and once I was the @hole who tore one apart.

    We all slowly make our way up the spiral, and one man's wisdom is another's used toilet paper. Value is in the eye of the beholder, and I find it useful to remind myself that, no matter how stupid any given decision (or person) seems to be, the company usually has enough to send me a check every two weeks.

    Don Wilde
    "There's more than one level to any answer."

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