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Re: Work Stories

Postby F-22 » Sun 2 Nov 2014 05:15

Regnar wrote:Fortunately, the construction work I've done has been all carpentry, so I haven't dealt with shit like that. The most unpleasant thing I'd done was on delivery days when material and cabinetry (it's factory-made, we just install it en-masse, generally in large apartment complexes) had to be unloaded in 100F humid heat.

It's really not that bad a gig, especially if you're skilled.

Have you gone to some sort of school for the job, or are you just skilled at slicing, grinding, and sanding dat wood?

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Re: Work Stories

Postby Regnar » Sun 2 Nov 2014 06:08

F-22 wrote:Have you gone to some sort of school for the job, or are you just skilled at slicing, grinding, and sanding dat wood?

I'm a newbie myself. Like I said, this was a part-time thing for me. What I'm saying though is, if you have a bit of experience, it really isn't a bad job.

What I did specifically was assist in the installation of pre-fab cabinetry. More skilled people would install the cabinetry itself (since it can be a pain in the ass to fix if you screw it up) and I followed by putting in drawers, doors, sinks, handles, etc.

It's not something I'd do for a career, but as a summer job it beats the shit out of standing behind a cash register.

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Re: Work Stories

Postby Grabbed_by_the_Spets » Sun 2 Nov 2014 08:54

Just come back from doing a week long of 13 hours shifts.

My everything hurts so much!

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Re: Work Stories

Postby Soundwolf776 » Sun 2 Nov 2014 09:16

Signing up to work as electronics engineer in a relatively small company just after finishing my education, I hardly expected to find myself here:
just some 14 months into my career. Yeah, that's Project 667BDRM or "Delta IV" by NATO classification. We were to accompany a modernized system our company has developed - actually, almost a totally new one as all components of an old one were replaced - on a 'field' trial.

Probably the most insane thing about that was how we made the system we were responsible for to work correctly. Things went not the way they should've right from the start. We've got a complex software-hardware problem, it was critical for system's operation - and our team lead wasn't with us... cause he had a daugther born just a few days before the sub was going to the seas and he went all "hey, I must be with my family as a responsible father" and BS like that. Nah, I understand that's a pretty serious deal and responsibility, but there were us and 120+ memebers of the crew on the other side of the deal. It was pretty obvious he was just afraid.

The sub couldn't wait any longer, so we settled with the commander that we try and fix our system right while he was going toward his objectives.

Unlike our team lead, we - an ad-hoc team of 3 specialists - surely weren't afraid. Concerned, worried, yes, but not afraid. Until we were actually at the seas. The thought of going to the end of nowhere with a responsibility for a broken yet critical system was... depressing, to say the least. Should we've been late with the fix and sub would've to abandon it's quite objective-rich mission and settle for a standard excercise. Imagine the conseqences. :?

Still, we had ideas, we had different proficiencies and we had a small measure of hope. After a day or two of panic and useless actions, we had an intensive brainstorm and settled with a certain plan. I'll avoid going into technical details, but the end result was that we had to cannibalize the remains of the old system, solder some stuff together litterally on our knees, screen some other stuff from elecromagnetic disturbances by using foil and cardboard we've appropriated on the sub's kitchen and then rewrite several software modules without anything but a few general reference PDFs we've took with us. Intensive 20-hour shifts were the norm.

We've made it, just some 6 hours from the Go/No-Go decision.

While the rest of our ride was still full of work - teaching the crew to use and understand the new system, doing paperwork, collecting info for future use - it was way easier. There were a pair of "oh shi~!" moments, but they were solved in an orderly non-rushed fashion.
We've even got to play football on an ice float a bit :)

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Re: Work Stories

Postby D-M » Sun 2 Nov 2014 13:39

Wow this sounds stressful but kind of cool. :>

I wish (or maybe not ?) I had those kind of missions, I m the new guy and a software engineer so I probably won't have anything for a while but my colleagues went to NEXTER factories to integrate our products on the CAESAR, went to Morocco to modify some AML-90 of the Royal Gendarmerie or went to Irak for some demonstrations...

And a Mexican prison island...

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Re: Work Stories

Postby Drrty-D » Sun 2 Nov 2014 13:53

Nice storys,DeuZerres is the top so far for me :-).

My story - Had a new job in some small private printing company,printing that shiiiit on Heideleberg machines :-)..On my 2nd day of work one of my highschool friends that i havent seen for ages appeared to say to me that he worked for that Boss and he still owns him 2 month payments and that i will never get my money if i dont find a new job.

First month the payment was on time and the 2nd month he started to tell excuses,prolonge from it will be on monday to it will be on Friday,until he told me to go to have a holidays and that he will call me when there will be some printing to be done.Thats when i realised that "i wont get that money"....BUT he made one big mistake in giving me the keys of the company.So i made a evil plan and went to the company,jumped over the fence,opened the doors with the keys and took 2 most important parts of the Heidelberg machine :-).Without this very expensive 2 parts the machine cant print/work at all and the Boss would have to call directly to Heidelberg to buy new ones or be lucky and get some used ones over ebay,but he was too dumb to figure that out and i knew that.

So after my "mission was completed" i came home and wrote him a sms on the phone-if you want to _uck up next worker you hire after me,you will first have to pay me to get the 2 parts back or pay the the double price to get the new parts.

1 week later he called me to meet up in the city and looked at me with fourious anger eyes by saying-You know i could have called the Police on you?I said,you know that everything you do to someone one day someone will do to you and just turned my back and went away with my well earned cash in my left pocket(probably) :-).

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Re: Work Stories

Postby Tiera » Sun 2 Nov 2014 16:09

F-22 wrote:
Tiera wrote:We were on a night patrol in 2006, and headed through an Ashkali neighbourhood in Lipljan. A man carrying a small frail boy waves us to stop. He explains through the interpreter that the child, his son, has a tumour on his head. The kid is indeed visibly ill-looking and frail. :|

Ouch, got me right in all the feels.
Honestly if I was in that position I would have tried to help the boy, damn the consequences, but yeah, I have never been in that position before so it's easy to say, much more difficult to do.

panzersaurkrautwefer wrote:There is usually literally nothing you can do. What could be done anyway? Give them money to fly to Sweden (because that is totally not at all a problem)? Personally hunt down this might or might not exist cousin? Learn to remove tumors?

Usually in those circumstances it's not just one kid, it's villages of them. And if you help one, then his family get singled out because how come they get help and everyone else doesn't?

There's never really a good answer. Usually you just wind up with the "stuff happens" attitude because it's the only one you can hold without being a monster or a moron. You focus on doing what you're supposed to be doing and hope that in the year or whatever you spend in that area, that you've made things marginally less crappy, and that kids with tumors in the future won't need to be flown to Sweden.

The "stuff happens" attitude mentioned above is way too easy to adopt, and the old saying among Finnish military says that a Boy Scout goes abroad, and a grim nihilist comes back. And its even worse when you think of it in larger context. The same Ashkali village had a single four-story building with lavish decorations. The local family elder lived there, and we all knew that if he wanted he could easily afford the operation for the boy. We also knew that because the kid wasn't blood relative, he didin't give a damn about him. And these people are desperate enough to try anything. What if there never was a tumour, and it was just a story that would make stones weep told solely to get into Sweden?

In a refugee center where I later briefly worked there was a steady influx of Kosovo Albanian families who came in to seek asylum just when the wife was about to give birth. Not because of dual citizenship or anything like that because our laws don't work like that, but solely because they knew that the birth would then take place in a good hospital with next to no expenses for them.

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Re: Work Stories

Postby zervostyrd » Sun 2 Nov 2014 17:40

All kind of customer contact work, is horrible..

Worked with drawing water and ventilation in one of the mines around my town. Fairly quiet and nice job in many ways, as long as you don't mind constant 4+ degrees at floor level and +35 degrees in the roof (where we usually worked using scissor lifts). Getting wet, sweaty and muddy, change your skin colour during work hours (or at the very least, you'd get a nice square mustache resembling that of a famous dictator), and sneeze black gravel...

Oh and work started at 5AM, so I had to leave home at 4:30 at latest... Nothing I was ever bothered about. It was fairly nice getting of the job at 1PM cause working underground means that you get cut a hour of worktime. Otherwise 2PM.. Sadly though it was a time limited employment..

Today, I work as distribution driver for a small-medium company who in turn are contracted by a global post service company (which seems to have a policy of disregarding anything the people that are actually performing the work says, I doubt this is uncommon though).

Most days it's not that bad, if it weren't for the container loads of goods we've (a crew of 4 people) have to distribute in a town of 16000 people with 2 mines (as you can imagine, they require a hefty portion of the goods). And some 16 818,22 km² area to distribute the rest of the goods in... Now mostly goods are distributed whitin the town.

But there's always that 1 package weighing in at 1 kilo, that the costumer demands we deliver to him 60km away when you got a full day of goods to deliver in town.. :roll: Worst part is that in some cases you can't really tell the to dig a pit and put a lid over or wait until there's enough goods so that it's at least profitable half the way there.. The medicine deliveries, as you cannot, obviously, deny people that.

Oh and there's that instance when you have to deliver damaged stuff (happens all the time). Most are capable of processing the fact in 99% of the time I didn't have anything to do with it to begin with. And even if it was my fault (and I don't destroy stuff on purpose while I'm on the job) there's still nothing I can do about it.
And the flame for delivering the wrong goods, again happens all the time, and while the costumers are 99% of the time understanding. The company who we (we as in the company I workd for) distribute goods for goes bananas, which they actually do for everything that happens to go wrong, sometimes even though it went right.

Hell you know that they are simply flaming you for flamings sake when they proclaim us idiots, morons and doing it wrong when we send them a whole truck load of goods we picked up from a mine to deliver southwards... Aparently they didn't have any trucks to spare that day. And obviously we are to be blaimed :roll:

Oh and some practical problems. I drive one of these but with a proper goods space behind it, complete with a lift and such so I can easily deliver lighter pallets and such.

However, I wonder who thought it was a bright idea to make a car with so much weight on the front, backwheel drive? Can't even start to count how many times I've got stuck in places you shouldn't even get stuck at! (this is in the winter obviously whenever there've been much snow or when there's very slippery). Thank god gravel exist.. oh an shovels.. Have taken the practice of always having them close at hand. Still, if it only had 4 wheel drive or even front wheel drive...

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Re: Work Stories

Postby Mikeboy » Sun 2 Nov 2014 17:46

Work in bureaucracy.
Greatest achievement is completing 12 years of archiving in a week, on top of routine tasks.
Still better than retail.

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Re: Work Stories

Postby Killertomato » Sun 2 Nov 2014 18:01

Signing up to work as electronics engineer in a relatively small company just after finishing my education, I hardly expected to find myself here:

If I didn't like tanks more than submarines I'd say you win.
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