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By As The Palaces Burn (Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 10:18:32 PM EST) (all tags)
[Yes, I'm mostly here to complain about work.  But I like think a can be fairly witty at times.  And my job really is quite crazy and cartoon like.  Anyway...]

Like many of you, I am a programmer.  I sit in a cube with three others we are all unhappy/crazy.  I just came back to my job after quitting and coming back.  The gentleman next to me isn't talking to me and giving me weird hostility.  While I was away he started a fight at a bar my brother worked at.  He used to speak to me and not stop until I practically yelled at him that I needed to work.

My favorite person in my cube is an older Indian lady.  Over the IM she tells me she is quite unhappy because she is not appreciated at home or work.  She works hard except when she has tension headaches.  I also work with a younger Indian lady.  She has no interest in conversing with me, but will out of politeness.  She's actually not unhappy or crazy.  But she does look for jobs at work even though they monitor our web usage.

The rest of my company is crazy too, by the way.

Is it like this for everyone?  Just programmers?  Just dysfunctional companies?

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Do most people hate their jobs? | 12 comments (12 topical, 0 hidden)
Welcome back emil by marvin (4.00 / 2) #1 Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 12:48:47 AM EST
long time no see. Run out of things to say on k5?

I am not emil by As The Palaces Burn (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 09:20:16 AM EST
I might be a figure from the past, but a pretty obscure one.

Rejoice! The age of the fall has begun! We'll dance as the palaces burn!
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I thought by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 10:01:01 AM EST
mike crawford was a contractor ?

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I don't hate my job by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 01:50:03 AM EST
Sometimes I'm bored by it. Sometimes I resent it for requiring me to focus on it during working hours and denying me the freedom to go off and play.

But mostly I recognize that I'm lucky: I have a job which lets me look occasionally at interesting problems, and develop new skills. I do not have a job that numbs me with endless tedium. In that, I am an outlier.

If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

I agree by As The Palaces Burn (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 09:22:51 AM EST
I am happy that I don't work in a coal mine or sweatshop.  I like programming.  Thinking about interesting problems (or even boring ones) is a nice thing for me to do with my time.  I find it calming.

When I hate my job it is because of the bizarre drama of the environment that I work in.  Which, from what I can gather, can be different in different places, but generally doesn't go away.

Rejoice! The age of the fall has begun! We'll dance as the palaces burn!
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I am a programmar too. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 3) #3 Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 05:01:06 AM EST
I like my job alot. You may have heard of my best programming job ever, its called MAFIA WARS and millions of people just like you play it on the Myspace. Do you play it? I am asking YOU specifcully because I am programming a NEW, BETTER version of Mob Wars and I need Betta testors to review my qualtiy programming.

If you are intrested in doing Betta tests, then message me here and I will send you the confedental download link to be a Betta Testor. Thanks dude.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

I don't actually hate my job by ReallyEvilCanine (4.00 / 2) #6 Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 09:53:59 AM EST
WHERE $my_job = "find and fix broken shit". What I hate is the endless shit I have to go through in order to do my job. And also many of the people who think my job is "babysitter" or "call center chimp".

Also, welcome back.

the internet: amplifier of stupidity -- discordia

Yeah, I find the latter annoying by infinitera (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 10:34:14 AM EST
If someone had explained tech support to me in high school, I would've responded "sign me up". But it has a stigma and an invisibility that belies the fun problem-solving.

[…] a professional layabout. Which I aspire to be, but am not yet. — CheeseburgerBrown

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I like my job by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #9 Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 12:56:25 PM EST
But then I'm only doing it 2.5 days a week looking after this.

After many years in the real world, I'm still finding it hard to rein in my instinct to do the plumbers sharp intake of breath and "Ooh, that'll be really tricky" as the opening of negotiations because they just look sad and wander off instead of arguing.

The worst problems are the commute (40 minutes if I don't cycle), short-arsed bloody Tudors who built the original buildings and didn't make the doors tall enough, and 1930s architects who didn't appear to know the meaning of "soundproofing".

Not bad here by duxup (4.00 / 1) #10 Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 05:27:00 PM EST
Depends on the atmosphere though.  I can't imagine it being bad enough not to talk to a coworker.  It is just a job, if the dude is a jerk I still gotta get it done.

Jobs by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri Apr 23, 2010 at 12:16:00 PM EST
I mostly enjoy my job, though I wish it was six hours a week and I wish I was better at the whole zen attitude thing.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Yes. by jxg (4.00 / 1) #12 Sat Apr 24, 2010 at 08:05:43 PM EST

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