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Old 03-11-07, 10:33 PM   #1
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This kinda sux

Never get an apartment across the street from work. Because you might find yourself trapped in a situation like the one I currently find myself in. I'm sitting here watching a Dell server tech attempting to fix a dead server of ours. I got elected because I was closest. grrrr. I'm not really doing anything but watching, but geez, I just want to be in bed right now. I can't come in late tomorrow either as they let the two folks who's shifts start before me go on vacation at the same time, meaning there's no coverage until I show up. Lovely.

Sorry, just have to rant. I'm sooooo tired.

(edit - sorry to whine. I went to a party last night in Houston and enjoyed myself a little too much. Then drove back 3hrs and had to come straight up here. yay.)

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Old 03-11-07, 10:34 PM   #2
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this is the company I work for btw:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17507350/

this article doesn't give me a warm fuzzy...
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Heh. One doesn't often hear a CEO speaking that candidly. Kind of refreshing, unless you have an interest in the company.
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ravenmore, your proximity to work has nothing to do with your willingness/availability to go in. You employer is abusing you. Just say no. If they fire you, go to court.
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I live across the street from work, and have for 2.5 years. I've only gone in early due to my proximity once, and I volunteered to do that.
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Old 03-12-07, 07:12 AM   #7
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yeah I know - I was just in a b*tchy mood sitting there at 11:30pm last night watching the Dell tech reboot the server for the umpteenth time. All I could think about was that my BED was right across the street. My boss is a friend of mine so I did it mainly as a favor to him, but they did come to me because of where I live. It isn't the first time. Oh well. Stacey you're right - we've had several rounds of layoffs and it looks like there might be more coming.
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Old 03-12-07, 07:16 AM   #8
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By the way, Ravenmore, if you get caught in the layoff, let the company know you are available to consult!
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Baybuh, good that you can do a favor for a friend. But when it comes to business, you need to draw your personal line. And make it clear. And never feel badly at saying "no" when it's crossed. <serious Vega look> We loves us some Ravenmore, and wants you to be relaxed when you should be, and not overly stressed because of some jerk's notion that you owe more to the company than everyone else, jus' 'cause of where you live. That would make Vega very upset, 'cuz you're such a great person.
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Baybuh, good that you can do a favor for a friend. But when it comes to business, you need to draw your personal line. And make it clear. And never feel badly at saying "no" when it's crossed. <serious Vega look> We loves us some Ravenmore, and wants you to be relaxed when you should be, and not overly stressed because of some jerk's notion that you owe more to the company than everyone else, jus' 'cause of where you live. That would make Vega very upset, 'cuz you're such a great person.
He's in IT. If he draws that line, he might as well leave the industry. When an email server goes down, it might as well be a major catostrophy causing a couple of hundred deaths. Exec's, Directors and upper management loose their freaking minds. (That was just an example, I don't know what Ravenmores issue was)

Sorry Ravenmore

I always hate calling Dell in, their techs are sooooo random. Some are decent, one was actually good, and a couple have been complete tools. BTW what happened. DST kill your server

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Just to clarify, I think he should be compensated for the extra time with money or time off later, but random hours, call in's, emergencies, thats the job. Unless you are just doing 1st tier support thats whats expected.

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Old 03-12-07, 11:15 AM   #12
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Awww, thanks Vega! That was nice!

It is IT and I expect to work late hours in an emergency, but I do feel like I get called on a bit more than others because of my proximity to the office. Oh well, in all honesty I probably shouldn't complain. A few years ago,out of a 24 month period, I was out of work for 11 months. I would have killed for the work back then. (that's why the talk of layoffs makes me twitchy - blech)

It was a surf control box that went down. After keeping me up here until midnight last night Dell finally came to the conclusion that it was an OS issue and that we needed to fix it on our own. That was peachy.
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Old 03-12-07, 11:16 AM   #13
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Old 03-12-07, 11:38 AM   #14
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Interesting -- they were my team's title sponsor last year. Stress the were.
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Old 03-12-07, 11:51 AM   #15
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I didn't know we ever sponsored a cycling team. I thought about approaching them a while back for my team here locally but with all the cutbacks we've had I wouldn't even begin to think about it now.
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Yup, it helps when the owner (?) of the company rides on your team: http://searcycling.org/

Anyhow, good luck with any potential lay offs.
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Old 03-12-07, 12:22 PM   #17
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In IT the squeaky wheel....

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Old 03-12-07, 03:38 PM   #18
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Never get an apartment across the street from work. Because you might find yourself trapped in a situation like the one I currently find myself in. I'm sitting here watching a Dell server tech attempting to fix a dead server of ours. I got elected because I was closest. grrrr. I'm not really doing anything but watching, but geez, I just want to be in bed right now. I can't come in late tomorrow either as they let the two folks who's shifts start before me go on vacation at the same time, meaning there's no coverage until I show up. Lovely.

Sorry, just have to rant. I'm sooooo tired.

(edit - sorry to whine. I went to a party last night in Houston and enjoyed myself a little too much. Then drove back 3hrs and had to come straight up here. yay.)
Crazy stuff.
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Old 03-12-07, 03:59 PM   #19
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Never get an apartment across the street from work. . . .
Reminds me of the time when hubby and I drove to Alaska. His work wanted to give him a cell phone AND a laptop so he could be at their beck and call. Bummer.

A suggestion: If you have a cell phone, ALWAYS let your phone calls go to the whatever you use for an answering service. Turn OFF the cell phone when you go to bed, or when you wish to be unavailable.

If you have a land line they are calling you on, you do have an answering machine/answering service/caller ID with it, no? Do not answer any phone calls unless you know who they are, by voice or caller ID.

My sister says that all of the nurses at the local hospital screen their calls unless they want many, many hours.

And, of course, don't answer the door. . .
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question: are you getting paid to be there?
question 2: is being there worth the money?

if the answer to either of those is no, then leave. I apply that logic to every job I work.
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One thing you might consider... are you gaining brownie points for being the "george" in this case? Some managers appreciate someone taking up the slack to babysit stuff, other managers just don't care, and this sometimes is important come raise/promotion time.
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Old 03-15-07, 07:29 AM   #22
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little update - found out that we're having more rounds of layoffs, starting possibly as early as the end of this month. Hopefully I do get some brownie points and it help keep me off the chopping block, but my experience with mass layoffs is that it is strictly about the numbers, and you never know what kind of numbers they're looking at to base things off of.

When I was laid off from one company, it was because I'd only been there a few months. Last on, first off kind of thing. Another time I was laid off because I had one of the highest salaries in the department. I had the highest salary because I had been there the longest and had received my standard performance raises every year, so of course I was the highest paid. But unfortunately in neither of those cases did they consider brownie points.
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Dang, hope you ride that one out. I got friends all over getting the axe. You probably did ok by staying watchdog on those weekends and nights. Might save your hide.
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ravenmore, your proximity to work has nothing to do with your willingness/availability to go in. You employer is abusing you. Just say no. If they fire you, go to court.
In a real world this might work. You're always better off volunteering for extra work. It shows incentive and motivation. It's easy to lose your job, so when cutting time begins, they'll remember who went out of their way to help.

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Ravenmore...say it isn't so. You work for D.R. Wh0reton?

Several of us landowners call him that for a reason. We went to battle against the company and the city council. We won thankfully or that bastard would have congested the back of our properties with more Texas-ugly-cookie-cutter track sheds.
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