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Old 12-15-2012, 07:31 PM
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Location: Alberta, Canada.
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Company's Name: Unnecessary.
Your position: I guess I could call myself an ISM/lather apprentice. It's not official, but it's what I do.
Your duties: Right now I work with primarily suspended ceiling, but have boarded, framed and done fire seal with them in the past.
Your co-workers: They're fantastic. This job site has gained me so many friends and I've met so many people from different walks of life. There are a couple assholes in the bunch, but so far everyone is awesome and welcoming to someone new in the trade.

Pros: Pays very well, you gain good skills, and opportunity to make a lot of dough. Enjoyable work place, laid back.
Cons: Construction is a man's world. You can't come in with a chip on your shoulder, nor expecting special treatment. I've gotten some pretty ridiculous and crude comments and you need to let it slide off like water off a ducks back. Also, it's hard work ... laborious. Lots of politics as well. Working a lot of hours, working 50+ hours a week is expected.

Favorite thing about your job: My co workers, for sure. Love them.

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Old 12-15-2012, 07:42 PM
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Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ontario
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Tech support for apple.

Duties: fixing people's computers (software issues), helping customer use and understand their computers. Some sales, customers call in and want help deciding about a product and they can buy through us if they want too.

Fave things: coworkers. Its a really fun place to work. Customers, often are awesome and fun. Yesterday I was talking to a fellow in a submarine under the ocean near norway

Less fave things: I would like more money lol. That is about it, I surprisingly like this job quite a bit.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:19 AM
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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 6,600

Company's Name: Global Pet Foods

Your position: Events & Marketing Manager, but I'm also a plain ol' store employee 25 hours each week.

Your duty/s: As manager, I coordinate and oversee 90% of our events and marketing (my boss does the other 10% as her education is in PR). I coordinate all fundraisers and most trade shows, and operate our blog and social media (FB/Twitter) for both of the locations my bosses own. My boss does most of the print media press releases and other direct media contact related to the stores.

As a store employee, I do a bit of everything at some point or another. Educate customers on pet nutrition, check off/put away/receive deliveries, merchandise the store, create displays, file credit reports, talk with distributors/sales reps, draw pretty signs when needed...

Your co-workers: Amazing. There are only four of us at my location and we run like well-oiled cogs most of the time, and even when we don't we laugh about it in the end. They're the best. My bosses are a husband & wife and they treat us like gold. Our Christmas party... well, I'll tell the tale sometime.

Pros: I work in a very tight pet community and a lot of customers have become friends. AlliePets coincides nicely with my work. I get to freely promote it and my bosses are open to cross-promoting opportunities anywhere we can. ! have some great cross-networking gigs coming up locally in the new year.

Cons: The only big one is that as much as I adore my job, the core of it is still retail. Thus, a lot of stocking, shelving, and we still get handfuls of annoying customers that leave us in a foul mood.

Favourite thing about your job: It's actually twofold:

1. Looking forward to going to work every day, and coming home satisfied with my work.
2. The opportunities it's beginning to open up for AlliePets, while still allowing me to maintain my job and title at the store.

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Old 12-16-2012, 01:34 AM
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Location: Ohio
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Local hospital
Your position : RN on psych floor
Your duty/s : groups, meds, basically everything. When I work evenings there are two of us so may have to do family meetings, on top of all the appointment making and insurance we have to do etc etc etc.
Your co-workers : love them for the most part

Pros: can be down right dangerous.
Cons: l really care for my patients. Some Of them really really try and want help and I could never quit because I want to be there for them.

Favorite thing about your job: good groups

Anything else you want to discuss about it : pass your mental health levy next time!!!

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain
dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few
persons -James Thurber
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:46 AM
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Join Date: Jan 2005
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Company's Name: A vet clinic
Your position: Vet tech (not certified though, so I suppose in other states I'd be a vet assistant)
Your duty/s: normal kennels/taking dogs out/clean cat cages, restraining pets for exams and blood draws, doing blood draws and lab work, taking histories from clients, xrays, anesthesia, and so on.
Your co-workers: are about the norm for coworkers Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Lots of junior high drama, though. Which can be irksome for those of us without our heads in jr high

Pros: Discounts on vet stuff
Cons: It can be a very wearing workplace. Not the job in general, I'm just too old for drama
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:18 AM
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Location: Illinois
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Well, I've only had it two weeks, but I love it, so.

Position: Official title is Web Content Manager but I was introduced to somebody the other day as "our new marketing manager" which sounds so much fancier.
Duties: Keep growing every day as they discover all my talents and ways I can use them to help grow the business. In a basic sense, I am the in-house person for web content, graphics, and video. Designing and writing copy for our newsletters. I've been doing a lot of marketing research and brainstorming a lot of stuff, conference calls with other marketing folks to discuss the website and branding and that good stuff. Packaging is a task on our branding list and I'm super excited about working on that, I love packaging...
I am also there to be the backup to answer phones when the other guys are busy, and do a few other little office-y things, like I place some calls when we have questionable orders, or help them package orders if I've got nothing to do, and I'm also there to be the second if one of them is sick or on vacation.
Co-workers: Consist of a friend (and ex-radio co-worker)'s boyfriend who I already knew and get along great with and a second guy who is HIS friend and is in much the same vein, so we all get along great, spend our downtime talking about games and football and comic books and and and. There are two bosses, and the one has a super cool marketing background/past work history, I cannot wait to learn a bajillion things from him, and the other is a great guy who is more the business/numbers man and seems to already have a lot of respect for me (which is more than I can say for 90% of my past employers.)

Pros: Pretty much all that stuff I just said LOL.

Cons: The only real con is since I'm new and I am unfamiliar with what we sell and the technical aspects of it, I feel slightly like a fish out of water. I've got the basic gist of it but there are lots of details that will just take time, nothing else to be done about it really. Produce was much easier to learn and take orders on, haha. I suppose in an ideal world I wouldn't have to answer the phones at all, I would just be doing the creative stuff 100%.

Favorite thing about your job: The fact that every other day one of owners says to me "Hey do you know how to do this?" and I'm like "Yup." and he's like "Really?? So can you do this for us?!" and I'm like "Yup." Nearly every talent I have they are excited to take advantage of. This is world's apart from where I was sitting at the radio station, full of talents and practically begging people to take advantage of them, and hardly anybody took advantage of them. My creative talents are FINALLY being put to use in my "real job" again. And probably the best part, I'm working for people who are truly excited to have me working for them. I can't even find the words to explain what that feels like really. After working for a boss who did not respect me or value me as an employee, it's just... no words.

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Old 12-16-2012, 02:54 AM
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Job 1
Your position: Veterinary assistant

Your duty/s: cleaning, caring for paitents, restraint, walking dogs,
reception...a little bit of everything, really.

Your co-workers: 7 coworkers currently, 3 of us are part-time

Pros: HUGE discounts on vet card and meds! This is really the biggest reason I'm still hanging on to this job. Logan's dental was $150. Gavroche's Baytril for 2 months was $200. Those would both be at least double that, if not more, if I paid full price. Gavroche's thyroid meds cost about $11 for two months, again, it would be much more than that full price. I also get free frontline and heartgard each year from the reps. Last year I got Trifexis as well.

Cons: My coworkers tend to act like they're in high school, despite most of them being older than me. Most of them are bigoted and not trustworthy. They like to act nice to get their way, then turn around and stab you in the back. They're also exceedingly lazy. I cannot be myself there at all. Only one person that works there knows I have a service dog, and she only found out this week, quite by accident (though she was VERY accepting of it, and I appreciate that more than words can say...unfortunately, I doubt most of my other coworkers would be like that...they might surprise me in the end, but I guess we'll find out when the time comes). I also don't feel like I'm valued, especially when the office assistant complains that I can't work as much since I'm working at the zoo, so other people have to work overtime (which means they have to pay more money to their employees, for shame). Ya know what? NOT MY PROBLEM. The zoo is way more important to me. I've been working at the vet clinic for over 6 years, and I still get treated like crap by my coworkers and my boss, but most of all by the office manager (who happens to be the boss's wife). I'm also the only one capable of doing inventory. I've been trying to teach someone, ANYONE, how to do it for the past 3 years, and nobody is willing to learn. I guess they're going to get a nice surprise when it finally comes time for me to move on (my goal is to be out of there in a year or less, but we'll see).

Favorite thing about your job: I only work there roughly once a week now. And cute dogs. But mostly that I don't work there much. Oh, and since it's Christmas time, there is a ridiculously large amount of food on the counter, including the most amazing chocolate cake you've ever eaten (given to use by someone who doesn't even have pets anymore. She just still like to bring us stuff). Some of the clients make it worthwhile, and those people are amazing and wonderful, but for the most part, I just want to be done.

Job 2
Your position: Education weekend assistant (basically, a zookeeper for the education animals, but I do other stuff too)

Your duty/s: Care for the education department's animal collection - food water, clean cages, enrichment, etc.

Your co-workers: There are a few of us that are part-time and a few that are full-time. We also have volunteers, docents, interns, practicum students...I haven't actually met EVERYONE in our department yet. There are two of us that alternate weekends, and she goes to school with me. There's another guy that does education programs and birthday parties throughout the week, and he also goes to class with me. They're both fantastic people and I love most of my coworkers. It doesn't feel like a really close family yet, but it's starting to get there. I've been there about 4 months. I can be myself around these people, there's no reason to hide anything. Everyone there knows I have a service dog (though he doesn't come to work with me - animal care). If they don't, it's just because I don't spend much time with them and it hasn't come up yet.

Pros: Um, EVERYTHING? I seriously freaking LOVE this job. It's exactly what I want to do. I get to do a bit of everything, which is awesome, because it lets me get a feel for what's involved. I volunteer for different things a lot specifically to get that experience, too. I haven't done an animal transport yet, but I'd like to. I just need to find out about one early enough and on a day I can actually do it. I get experience with a variety of animals, too - reptiles, amphibians, mammals, invertebrates - that just doesn't happen in most departments.

Cons: It can be a bit slow on weekend afternoons when I'm manning the front desk instead of doing animal care, but I manage. This past weekend my classmate the educator was there and since neither of us had anything to do we were mostly chatting about classes, the future, etc. I can't really think of anything I hate about this job by any stretch. It's not full time, so that's a con. It's not in the pacific northwest, so maybe that's a con lol.

Favorite thing about your job: Animal care, specifically enrichment. I also like keeper chats/animal encounters, field trips, and...well, pretty much everything.

This job has made me 100% sure that I'm finally on the right track. I used to volunteer at the zoo, then stopped because I didn't have time. Screwed around a bit, got a degree, then decided I really, REALLY missed the zoo. I went into the Zoo Science program, got a VERY warm welcome from some of the staff that I used to know back when I volunteered (including the woman who is now my boss, and was my teacher for my first semester). I'm just so freaking thrilled to be working at the zoo again. It feels like home, and it feels so right.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:26 AM
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Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 478

Company's Name:Rather not say
Your position: Shipper/receiver stock person
Your duties: Lots of computer work, we deal with a lot of news and tv show's. We fix their computers, so a lot of e-mailing back and forth as to what is under warranty or not.

Your co-workers: We are a small shop, we basically do the repair work for a much larger company located elsewhere. There is only 9 of us and I am the only female. Years ago, my husband used to be the manager of these guys at another facility so i am in a way still treated like the boss's wife and that has it's pro's and cons.

Pros: I can make my own hours and come and go as I please. pay is pretty good and it's only a 15 minute drive from home.
Cons: Wish I had at least 1 other female to work with. My last job I had a mixture of men and woman and we had a lot of laughs. The building we are in is currently under construction so sometimes that can be a pain, dock doors open and it's pretty cold in there. Also some of the equipment is pretty heavy so it is sometimes a struggle receiving them.

Favorite thing about your job: The hours and pay.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:48 AM
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Pros: can be down right dangerous.
Cons: l really care for my patients. Some Of them really really try and want help and I could never quit because I want to be there for them.


is this right?
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:45 AM
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 30,963

Your position: Geoscience technologist

Your duties: Database managing, project managing/updating, computer support for the geologists, data collecting, presentation making, data loading, weekly maps and reports, fixing printers, organizing floor parties, in general just all around support for the professionals.

Your co-workers: Mostly awesome. I've moved around a lot so gotten to work with a lot of people. I've really enjoyed all of them and made some good friends. There's a few really eccentric people too.

Pros: I do enough different things that you never can predict what the day is going to bring. My coworkers are awesome. There's always something to learn. I love the graphics side especially and creating presentations that I never have to present. And I make a good salary with full benefits. And I get every other Friday off.

Cons: We're either really really insanely busy or we are dead. End of the year lately and we've dropped rigs which means it's kind of slow. the busy days are absolutely awesome but the slow days can drag. The hours are also long although I could shorten the hours and work every friday but I think the longer hours are worth it for extra days off.

Favorite thing about your job: co-workers and pay

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