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Old 06-11-11, 01:41 AM   #1
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You now what? I miss my cubicle

While cubicle life was depressing, living cubicle-less is even worst. Let me explain, back in my SysAdmin days, my cubicle was my castle. It's walls were like a sandbox for me to express myself. My son's pictures, the moore's law poster, and the mini-museum of microprocessors... it had a sense of identity.

My later years, with my professional career downgraded to the generic "analyst" position, had its pros and cons. I'm no longer on-call (big plus) and extra time worked is actually paid as overtime (super big plus). But I'm cubicle-less. Data center nany's work on shared desks. When I go, somebody else uses the area. Therefore, the work area can't be personalized. Is just an anonymous space, manned by whoever happens to be doing the shift at the time. No books, no pics, no cartoons, nothing.

It sucks and I miss my cubicle.
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Old 06-11-11, 06:36 AM   #2
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Do you have a home? Try posting your pictures and mementos there.
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Old 06-11-11, 06:45 AM   #3
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LOL!!!

Welcome to Foo, ILTB! Ruben, he DOES have a point, there!
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Old 06-11-11, 06:57 AM   #4
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The trick, now, is to get promoted to where you either have an office, or can work remotely out of your Den. I like Option II best, personally.
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Old 06-11-11, 07:15 AM   #5
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I am quite content to never work in a cubicle again. However, I work from home.
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Old 06-11-11, 07:22 AM   #6
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It won't matter anyway. Most companies are going to cubes with no walls. It really sucks. It started at our company already. My cube is bad enough, it has no walls to the entrance of the cube but at least I have walls on 3 sides anyway. Some of my co-workers have those really short walls. Pretty much no walls at all.

But we are building a new building in the next couple of years and will be moving. I am sure we will have the short walled cubes then.

Tom is wrong about being promoted to get an office. Many companies are even putting their CEO into those short walled cubes.

It is getting back to the days when there was just a sea of desks in a big room. Next thing you know they will bring smoking back to keep employees at their desk.
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Old 06-11-11, 07:30 AM   #7
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Oh Ruben.

For the first time since the early 90's when at a big company, I have MY own freaking office - with a DOOR and TWO FUGLY windows!!!

However, I had to shoehorn basically two offices into my' "shoebox" (old building - and the college is not replacing my co-worker nor my "Supervisor", technically) and that was problem no.2.

No. 1 problem however was the fact that in that little airless "shoebox" (odd shaped 10'X10' shoebox) - there is no air movement - and the two old fart heat/air conditioners that take up the whole wall behind my desk (with two huge dirty windows that overlook a most old and disrupted tar-ish kind of building roof) .... one air conditioner "worked" (that thing couldn't even blow out a birthday candle) and the other didn't work at all. I sat for two days with no overhead lights on, and my lateral shades (hate those things too) closed and my office with all my equipment was about 85F and stale. I left early.

But they got my air conditioners working and I'm happy as a pig in -- you know. Freaking things blow the papers off my desk.

So I'm in a closet with two windows and basically three offices full of snit - but I'm happy.

At least I can pick my nose in privacy.

I do not miss my cubicles.
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I worked at one company where the VP of Production didn't even have a desk. That prevented him from hiding in his office so he had to actually hang out on the production floor where he was needed.

As much as I hate to agree with ILTB, his suggestion is sensible. After all, its their office, not your home.

I worked at one company that forbid decorating your cubicle. They felt it made the place look unprofessional. While I disagree, because I've found that plain beige walls reduce productivity, it's good to keep it within bounds. Your office shouldn't resemble the front of your refrigerator at home.
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It is something you put a square into. In your case, it would resemble your bike helmet.
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It is something you put a square into. In your case, it would resemble your bike helmet.
Ah, so that's why your helmet looks like this:

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It is something you put a square into. In your case, it would resemble your bike helmet.
Yeah, but helmets are bigger than cubicles.
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Old 06-12-11, 10:01 AM   #13
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We had public desks/work stations that everybody used, we had an unwritten code that certain groups of people used certain desks. That way each person could put in one momento or framed pic as he/she wanted in the work station. But the unwritten agreement was that you couldn't start junking up the work area because it was shared.

We've switched back to cubicles since then.
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Have faith Rubester,prosperity is just around the corner(not sure what corner though).
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We have desks with those 10-inch cube wall thingies AND 14 people share three desks. But I don't mind it at all. It's just being able to see what someone else had for lunch as it's still stuck to the desk three days later is what I don't like.

And I have no windows. I don't see daylight for 9 hours at a time. In the winter, I go 6 days without seeing daylight, period, at a time! Ha! But I love it!
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I really don't miss working in a cube farm.
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I like being able to personalize my cubicle, and I like looking at stuff other people have in theirs. It gives you a little glimpse into their personality. At my last job I had a pinata in my cube at Christmas and on the last day before the holiday we took it to the parking lot and smacked it.

I am not a fan of shared workspaces. At a previous job I worked out of two different buildings and I had a shared cube in the second building. My first day using the shared cube I opened the desk drawer and found a half-empty bottle of Immodium.

I made sure to scrub everything with antibacterial wipes after that.
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You have a laptop assigned to you? If so, you're fine. I've been through the, "Well Chuck's not here. You can use his computer until he gets back. Then we'll find you another place to work."

Constantly migrating your AutoCAD preferences isn't very fun.
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Tom - Like others said, even the higher up don't have offices sometimes. But in my case it is really irrelevant since the whole department will be outsourced to hell. Even if I learn Hindi or Tamil, fly half the world and get a job there, they have no cubicles (or toilets for that matter).

Tude - Stop picking your nose. Do you see that tiny hole at the top center of your monitor? It's a webcam. Your IT Security team has access to it remotely. They found it funny and routed the video stream directly to www.tudepickshernose.com

ILTB - When you spend more hours at work than at home, your cube is your home. Marry my ex and you will understand.

DataJunkie - Sorry that you are unemployed. Hope you get a job soon.

Spinnaker - I agree.

Wordbiker - Cubicle is where you hide during the day and try your best to look busy. And you get paid for it.

spry - Ohio is weird and ergo it doesn't count.
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