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Old 12-16-2012, 05:13 PM
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Join Date: Nov 2004
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Company name: A very large P&C insurance company

Position: Senior Processor (Ag)

Duties: I am a very well educated, highly trained cog in the insurance machine. To make it easy to understand: Agents sell insurance, underwriters make sure we're selling coverage to the right people and make the decisions regarding the account.... and processors are the ones that actually write the policy. (As well as all other changes to insurance accounts.) I started off processing commercial policies (contractors, restaurants, etc.) but have since moved on to processing farms (field crops, cattle operations, apiaries, etc.) and some commercial ag accounts (wineries, produce distributors, etc.)

My coworkers: Since I have a lot of experience and I'm good at my job, I am allowed to work from home (yay!) but I communicate remotely with co-workers all over the country. Typical co-workers.... some I love, some I just tolerate. People are people, no matter where you work.

Pros: good job security, relatively easy work for someone with my skills, pays well. Also, working in farm, the work is SO interesting. Insurance sounds like a boring field, but in reality it's very fun. Farm is especially intriguing, because every account has the potential to be something you've never seen before. (Did you know there's such a thing as semen tanks? Entire tanks of bull semen! AMAZING! I wonder what happens if one of those tanks breaks... eww....) Also, working in insurance helps you know how to get the best insurance for yourself.

Cons: Our regulations change every week, so it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with it all. Sometimes our systems are bulky, and it takes forever to make a seemingly simply change. Sometimes I just don't want to deal with people, but that's not a job issue - that's a "me" issue.

Favorite thing: I like my company... lots of opportunities for advancement as long as you're willing to work hard for it. Hard work is rewarded.

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Old 12-16-2012, 10:30 PM
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Company's Name: Black's Photography
Your position: Expert Associate
Your duty/s: Sell cameras, give camera lessons, work the photo lab, activate cell phones.
Your co-workers: This is the best part of my job. Everyone at my store is absolutely awesome and we're all great friends.

Pros: Fun work environment where I get to play with all the cameras all day and give other people lessons on photography.

Cons: Really really low pay. What happened was we were getting paid decently when minimum wage was lower here, but minimum wage went up by $2.50 but our wage never increased at all. On top of that, we used to get commission but now it's been switched to a points system and we don't get much if anything at all.

Favorite thing: I love my coworkers and my manager, they are just the best and funnest people and work is so much fun! That's one of the reasons I'm having a really hard time leaving or finding anything new (better paying). Since I'm a student anyways I thought I'd just keep hanging out at this job just for the people lol.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:31 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 674

Position: Pension Analyst

Duties: Anything they ask me to, including, annual pension plan valuations, annuity calculations, help find solutions to underfunded plans, analyze data, complete government forms, occasional computer programming, software updating, and error reporting. If they asked me to do the dishes, I would happily.

Coworkers: Everybody is very professional and polite.

Pros: Good pay, good work environment, degree of independence.

(Possible) Cons: Additional education past BS/BA requiring independent study and professional exams.

Best thing: Being able to solve challenging math and computer problems.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:19 PM
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Location: Georgia
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Originally Posted by Michiyo-Fir View Post
skyfall adele
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i see you mika
the last time taylor swift2

I think you forgot to remove something
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:33 PM
Michiyo-Fir Michiyo-Fir is offline
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Originally Posted by CharlieDog View Post

I think you forgot to remove something

LOL that was weird.. I was making a list of my friend's fav. songs to be made into piano transcriptions....

LOL oh well...
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:33 PM
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: B-ville
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Company name:
#1, a smallish company that serves adults with developmental disabilities (that job will be a thing of the past as of Jan 4th)
#2, a pet food and supply store

#1, "Follow Along Employment Specialist"
#2, "Team Member"

#1, support individuals working independently, or semi-independently in the community (sometimes I'm an overpaid babysitter, sometimes I'm an underpaid one)
#2, sell quality pet products to mostly great people

My coworkers:
#1, most of them are people I'd be friends with outside of work... if I had time for a life outside of work; some of them avoid actually doing any work like the black plague
#2, I get along with everyone and people at my store are really good about pulling their own weight--at least when I'm working

#1, there really aren't many and I'm leaving anyways so... irrelevant
#2, I get awesome discounts and some free stuff every month

#1, too many to list--lack of support from upper management is one of the biggest though
#2, other than the occasional wacky/demanding customer--none really

Favorite thing:
#1, health insurance is pretty darn cheap--I'm going to miss that
#2, being a nerd and getting paid for it
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:55 PM
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Join Date: May 2011
Location: Kalamazoo.
Posts: 738

I'm head of staff at a large no kill shelter. Basically, I take care of the dogs. Normal day is feeding, rotating them out of the kennels into play groups in the yard, cleaning up after them, and all the other small things that go along with kennel upkeep. I decide which dogs should be introduced to which dogs and kennel logistics, and which dogs should go into foster and assist the foster coordinator with placement. And then any random day vaccinating, microchipping, fecals, answering potential adopters questions, etc.

I have no comment about my coworkers. I love every thing about my job except the people, excluding our awesome volunteers. Hopefully I can stay in this sort of work just.. somewhere else.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:24 AM
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Boston
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Company name: Small dog-store (As in, pet store that only sells high quality dogs supplies) and self-wash/grooming service.

Position: : General store/retail person and dog walker

Duties: Dog walking days are pretty self-explanatory lol walk dogs. Some days we deliver food, give meds, feed fish/cats, bring in mail.. but mostly, just walk 'em. Dogs get either 20 or 40 minute walks.

Retail is just working the store. We don't stock (thank goodness) but keeping the store neat and tidy, working the register, helping customers. I really love this part our customers are pretty dog savvy and I love everything we sell sooo it's fun!

Grooming sort of. We offer self-grooming services as well as "staff washes" where you get the regular retail person to do it. Lol it's very basic.. just wash, condition, blow-dry really.

My coworkers: Love them. Seriously lol just a bunch of crazy fun dog lovers all together. We throw doggy parties, go out to dinner, help each-other out, and work very well together. My boss is the glue that holds it all together honestly, she is funny, kind, clear in what she wants and rewards those who work hard. She makes you love the store and WANT to do better

- get to work with dogs. Honestly, biggest reason I took the job.
- Love my co-workers
- Employee discount on doggy stuff! (food, collars, grooming services, walking, toys, treats, etc..)
- Flexible hours. Especially when it comes to being a dog walker... the hours run from like 11:00-3:00, and pay more than retail by far.
- It's an active job. Keeps me moving and in shape.
- We have a loyal client base full of fun people who truly love their pets. It's nice being a smaller store and kind of knowing everyone
- Lots to learn
- Love testing out new stuff

1. Bad weather on dog walking days. Oy.. some days in the snow and cold rain I want to do anything BUT walk other people's dogs
2. Picking up poop isn't really fun
3. Everything feels more personal because the store is so small and there are only a few of us that work there. I feel BAD sometimes asking for a day off (even if it's way in advance) or not offering to work some-ones shift or something. I LOVE the store, and love the team so I do much more than I ever have at other jobs where it was just..a job lol so the con I guess is that I don't feel like I can say no sometimes.

Favorite thing:
The dogs. You know that amazing feeling you get when you come home and your dog is SOO happy to see you? I get that feeling like 10 times a day lol with all kinds of dogs. It's nice being the fun person, and getting to take dogs out to have fun. 20 minutes or an hour they are always so happy for it and how could I feel bad with that many happy dogs per day?

Disclaimer: I work for Trupanion and love it/our policy! But I do not speak for the company or as the company.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:29 AM
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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 7,098

Company's Name: An independent, family owned pharmacy
Your position: Pharmacy Technician
Your duty/s: Counting pills, refilling prescriptions, helping people fill out medicare forms, delivering lift chairs, helping people with medical equipment and OTC products and anything else asked of me.

Pros: The people. I love helping people, especially with the medical equipment. I love listening to the stories they have, the experiences, the joy, the hardships and everything in between. I love getting to know our customers by name.

Cons: The people. Sometimes people can be real jerks. And to be honest, overall I don't enjoy being a tech. It's a great job, especially since I got in while still in highschool, have been here for going on 7 years and make really good money for a partime job. I just, it's not my thing. I work nights, they draaaag and I don't enjoy it for the most part.

Favorite thing about your job: Helping people. And the relationship I have with my boss/owner. I'm the daughter he never had and probably never wanted and we just have, overall a very good back and forth banter and I enjoy it a lot.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:00 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Southwest Michigan
Posts: 3,370

Company's Name: A small fire protection company

Your position: Assistant Secretary is my official name. I'm pretty much a personal assistant.

Your duty/s: Writing proposals, rewriting service reports, invoicing, putting invoices into envelopes and mailing them, filing, creating dispatch reports, cleaning the office

Pros: The relaxation. I can sit online and do whatever as long as I get my work done. I only work part time, and can switch days super easy if I have something I want to do. The work is easy and I enjoy it; it fuels my OCD.

Cons: My boss is a little weird... He tends to get all sorts of crazy over little things. I have to get up early. Pay sucks.

Favorite thing about your job: If the guy I work directly with buys the company, I get to bring a dog with me to work. I also just enjoy the line of work.

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