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The Absolute Worst Working Environment?

timothy posted about 11 years ago | from the no-feet-we-were-too-poor dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 1716

goodEvans writes "As I write this, there is a window open behind me with a small jet engine outside. This is supplying vast amounts of compressed air to the aircraft undergoing heavy maintenance in the hangar right outside my door. There is a 6-inch diameter air hose going through the office and out the door. All this requires that I sit at my desk wearing a body warmer to keep out the cold, and both ear defenders AND ear plugs to keep out the noise! And this will go on for half a day once a week! What are the worst conditions you have ever had to work under?" Can you top that? (If top is the word ...)

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FAGS (-1)

CmdrTaco (troll) (578383) | about 11 years ago | (#8044742)


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Asume Yorkshire accent: (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044748)

I had to get up in the morning, at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill and pay mill-owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our dad would kill us and dance about on our graves, singing Hallelujah!

Oh, ay. And you try and tell the young people of today that, and they won't believe you.

Re:Asume Yorkshire accent: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044882)

I had to get up in the morning, at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, eat a lump of cold poison, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill and pay mill-owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our dad would kill us and dance about on our graves, singing Hallelujah!

Well we had to do all that too but only after having every bone in our body broken in three places and simultanteously being sodomized.

My sad tale.. (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | about 11 years ago | (#8044749)

Back in early/mid 80's we had to power the computers with coal-fired generators. The geeks would take turns going into the mine to dig out a few buckets of the stuff. We'd lose two or three people a month in "the pit", but dammit, the data had to flow! Pink slips would fly if a single 110/300 baud modem lost power. We were dedicated!

Now all these young punks with their Just-Plug-Into-the-AC-Outlet-and-Let-the-Power-Com pany-Do-All-The-Work Computers.. spoiled brats.. they wouldn't know a day of work if it hit them in the head.


Remind me to tell you how we put the hole in doughnuts back in the day...

Re:My sad tale.. (1)

operagost (62405) | about 11 years ago | (#8044840)

You think you had it bad? We WISH we had time to do fun stuff like mine coal! We were too busy pedaling!

Re:My sad tale.. (4, Funny)

JudgeFurious (455868) | about 11 years ago | (#8044842)

You had coal?


Re:My sad tale.. (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | about 11 years ago | (#8044893)

Try saying that to the poor geeks that were laying in hospital beds dying of black lung. Some of them never got past their first pocket protector.

You were lucky (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044937)

take turns going into the mine to dig out a few buckets of [coal]

Buckets?! We used to dream of having buckets. We'd have to carry t'coal in us mouths for twenty six hours a day, and when I got 'ome, me dad'd trash me to sleep wi' 'is belt. If I were lucky.

Whatever (5, Funny)

shystershep (643874) | about 11 years ago | (#8044757)

Yeah, well, I'm sitting here in my Aeron chair, in my private office, working on a computer with a 400mz Pentium II processor and a 5-year-old CRT monitor which is running Windows 98. I think I've got it worse.

(Not that I'm offering to trade, mind you . . .)

Re:Whatever (5, Funny)

EnVisiCrypt (178985) | about 11 years ago | (#8044803)

You have a monitor that runs Windows 98? Cool.

Re:Whatever (1)

ZenShadow (101870) | about 11 years ago | (#8044830)

Your monitor runs Windows 98?

Re:Whatever (1)

genericacct (692294) | about 11 years ago | (#8044850)

Sounds wonderful, you're living the January 1999 dot-com dream! Takes me back to a simpler time, when any geek could get paid with made-up Internet money.

Re:Whatever (4, Funny)

twiddlingbits (707452) | about 11 years ago | (#8044892)

How about an old house trailer in Huntsville, Alabama that had no heat or A/C, and was 300 yards from a Rocket Engine Test Stand? We had to leave everytime they tested an engine for "safety reasons" (100dB+ noise too). It was so cold in the winter we wore gloves and so hot in the summer we had to shut down the Macs before they overheated. We brought in heaters but only 1 or 2 folks could have them on a time w/o tripping the breakers. And how about varmits like GroundHogs and Skunks who lived under/around the trailers? We thought about getting some pink flamingos, rusty cars and a hound or two to make the joint classier! But we got the design work for the Space Station done anyway, we were Dedicated Space Groupies!

Re:Whatever (5, Funny)

operagost (62405) | about 11 years ago | (#8044899)

Sounds like your dot-com went under in 1999 and someone forgot to tell you.

Re:Whatever (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044900)

How did you run Windows 98 on your monitor?

Never a dull moment... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044759)

It's interesting how different cultures attack the problem. Here's my favorite approach: Feng Shui [blat.info]

Three letters. . . (1, Offtopic)

endeitzslash (570374) | about 11 years ago | (#8044762)

Yep, you guessed it.



Re:Three letters. . . (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044810)

So are you actually admitting that you work there? And you didn't post anonymously?

Easy one (5, Funny)

WinDoze (52234) | about 11 years ago | (#8044766)

I had this job once where they expected actual output! And they wouldn't pay me unless I "produced" something!

Thank goodness that nightmare ended and now I can suff /. at work.

Re:Easy one (1)

mrpuffypants (444598) | about 11 years ago | (#8044834)

do what I did. Get a job at a state government org. Since there's no motivation to make a profit or anything it gets pretty laid back around here...

Women (5, Funny)

Poppageorgio (461121) | about 11 years ago | (#8044771)

I once had my office on a sales floor with about 20 women. You think a jet engine is annoying, try that out for size!

Re:Women (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044920)

You poor, poor, poor guy. I feel no pity.

The plane took a dump on me... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044772)

Well, this is not in the realm of a Slashdotter's job but before I became an engineer I worked at an airport and part of my job was to perform lavatory service on the aircraft. This job entailed placing a hose onto a two latched system coupled with a lever to finally release the contents. .

The concept was simple enough. I opened latch one and placed the hose onto the opening. This was provided that the second hatch had not failed and excrement flew everywhere. If things worked correctly, I placed a hose onto the opening and released latch two. Everything would go down via a simple gravitational setup. Often, however, the second hatch failed and would get stuck. This required removing the hose and opening the second hatch by hand and hoping that the excrement had not already released while in transit, and therefore reside behind hatch two. The lever would often fail and there would be a race to reapply the hose before the shit hit the fan, so to speak.

I could give a better description but I don't feel like reliving this. Back to work...

Re:The plane took a dump on me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044851)


I thought the plane toilets just dump the stuff down the pipe and out of the plane in flight?!

Outer Space! (1)

turnstyle (588788) | about 11 years ago | (#8044779)

Dispite how cool it looks on Star Trek/Wars, you get blasted by cosmic rays (bad) and loose bone/muscle mass (bad).

They used to send me up chimneys (1)

GonzoDave (743486) | about 11 years ago | (#8044783)

5 bob and a ferret, and I'd be cleaning chimneys all day for rich folk with letters

neonova (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044787)

need i say more

my employer (5, Funny)

Disoriented (202908) | about 11 years ago | (#8044792)

At my company they make me sit in a small gray box with a computer. The walls are only about 6 feet high!

And it doesn't end there. My small gray box is just one in a sea of boxes, it's like some cruel farming experiment. Every so often, yet another manager comes by and asks about some memo or putting a stupid cover page on some report. And they expect me to just sit here all day and type stuff into this PC.

Think outside the box? How?

Re:my employer (2, Funny)

iacyclone (180583) | about 11 years ago | (#8044875)

Those TPS reports done yet?

Re:my employer (1)

meanween (709863) | about 11 years ago | (#8044890)

I wish I had 6 foot high cubicle walls. Mine top out at 4 feet. It's practically pointless as they don't really give you ANY privacy or reduce noise from my neighbors. Oh but wait, at least I have space to stick Post-Its and hang a calendar.

name tags (1)

2MuchC0ffeeMan (201987) | about 11 years ago | (#8044800)

any job with a name tag. ...


Under a datacenter floor (5, Interesting)

vpscolo (737900) | about 11 years ago | (#8044804)

lying flat on my back for 12 hours straight sorting out some underfloor cabling with a laptop next to me which I had to type using one hand, by torchlight in a 2.5ft gap. Fun


Re:Under a datacenter floor (5, Funny)

PotPieMan (54815) | about 11 years ago | (#8044885)

I don't think I'll be buying colo service from you...

Re:Under a datacenter floor (1)

kin_korn_karn (466864) | about 11 years ago | (#8044898)

yeah, I'm sure that's why you were typing with one hand, uh huh

windows 98 (5, Funny)

gyratedotorg (545872) | about 11 years ago | (#8044805)

i work in an environment which consists mainly of windows 98 machines.

you think that's bad? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044948)

i work in an environment which consists mainly of linux machines.

You obviously have worked somewhere... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044807)

where Homer Simpson's "Everything's-Okay Alarm" was installed.

Tech support. (4, Funny)

Short Circuit (52384) | about 11 years ago | (#8044809)

Being the only tech support rep, and having no authority. For four years. No holidays or weekends.

Beat that. I was every customer's verbal-abuse toy.

Re:Tech support. (2, Funny)

Short Circuit (52384) | about 11 years ago | (#8044871)

Oh, and I've gone on to being a tutor in a community college. All the students know me by name by the second week of every semester. They ask for me to ask simple questions. They ask for me for appointments. And at the moment, I'm the only one working the floor.

On top of it all, I haven't taken my antipsychotic in three days, so every little thing irritates me.

Reminds me of SNL... (1)

homerjs42 (568844) | about 11 years ago | (#8044812)

And this year replacing Crack Whore on the list of worst jobs in the world is:
Assistant Crack Whore
Assistant Crack Whore everybody, worst job in the world.

Cant top it, but... (1)

wwi (243026) | about 11 years ago | (#8044814)

Not that bad, but my first computing
job was in a test area where they
were trying to destructively smash
components until they broke. The noise
was pretty bad at times.

Worse, the halls outside the computer
room door were full of forklifts buzzing
here and there. I always wondered if
a known hazzard of software development was
being run down by a forklift on the job.

How about a klaxon for a phone ringer (5, Funny)

corebreech (469871) | about 11 years ago | (#8044816)

I shit you not, every time somebody would call on this line, a fucking klaxon goes off.

This company was extremely strange in other ways. The guy who founded it made tents for the Israeli army. He comes into my office one day and sees me debugging code. Mind you, this was a Mac shop, and the debugger on the Mac (Macsbug) does have an unusual appearance. He takes one look at it, and tells me I have a bug. Well, no shit, that's why I'm using the debugger! He says no, that the debugger is a bug, and that he can tell because of the way it makes my screen appear, and to please remove it immediately.

And how did he get his funding? A really big investment firm whose name shall remain, um, nameless. Turns out that one day they decide they're curious about what this guy is doing, so they send one of their drones over to take a look around. We sit him down in front of the lead programmer's computer, and show him the software that was being worked on. Mind you, this was a fairly involved piece of software, and though I didn't like the framework being used (THINK Class Library) it was nevertheless rather impressive. The drone followed the presentation carefully, or so it appeared, intently staring at the screen during each step of the presentation. Finally, about half an hour later, the presentation ends, and the drone is asked if he has any questions.

So he asks one.

"What's that little box in the lower right-hand corner for?"

He was talking about the grow box. You know, the thing that makes the window grow bigger and smaller.

So we demonstrate how you can change the size of the window. This, it turns out, was the most amazing thing he had ever seen! He starts nodding appreciatively, as if he's sure their investment in this company is a good thing after all. Then he leaves.

I think this is when I started smoking pot.

Yep (1)

TheBeginner (30987) | about 11 years ago | (#8044820)

An 8*8 (ft.) dorm room that I pay 700 dollars a month for because it is in downtown Boston.

Are you being shot at? (-1, Troll)

Sean80 (567340) | about 11 years ago | (#8044823)

If I may, a brief reality-check for the morning, and a nod to those of us who are being shot at in Iraq today, or dying in a mining accident, or driving for 14 hours straight to meet the company's insane deadlines, or, in a million other ways that geeks with well-paid jobs generally don't understand, working shyte jobs today.

Yeah I can imagine it being worse (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044827)

Imagine your environment is unemployeed, and you have a starving child asking you for some food. Quit your bitching and change jobs if you hate it.

You have a WORK environment (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044828)

Stop complaining, biatch!

You were lucky.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044829)

I once worked in a cubicle while several guys used a jackhammer to cut a doorway through the wall.

You don't have it so tough. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044832)

You aren't working under live artillery fire.

computer rooms (1)

djtech (513550) | about 11 years ago | (#8044833)

90 decibles worth of fan & computer noise in a 50 degree F room with fans blowing all over you streching a phone (cell won't work) 20 foot so I can sit on the floor and use the keyboard with the monitor 5 foot above me. After a week I found a monitor box to sit on. I miss working at Global Crossing! hah

try this (4, Interesting)

sickmtbnutcase (608308) | about 11 years ago | (#8044835)

20 below zero (F - that is) spreading cow manure using a tractor(John Deere 2630) with no cab on it. Not to mention there's a 10-20 mph wind.

From the LITTLE-WHINY-BITCH-dept. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044836)

See this?


^ That's the world's smallest violin, playing just for goodEvans.

"Oh, I'm so miserable! I have a paying job that still allows me to take the time to whine on Slashdot, yet I'm unhappy! Perhaps if I post my sob story and let other wussies bitch about how much their work environment sucks, it will make my empty useless existence feel whole!"

Be happy you HAVE a job, you little pants-wetter! The economy is in the shithole, programmers are being replaced by dotheads, and unemployment rates are high, and YOU are sitting here waxing about how you're COLD AT WORK?!?! Take that shit to FARK.com ->

On the next Ask Slashdot: "OWWWIE OWWIE OOH OW! I cut my widdle finger on a piece of paper! Now it's bwoody! What should I do? My mommy isn't home to kiss it and make it all better! What have other Slashdotters experieced? I've tried cold water, band-aids, even self-administered stutures! What have you guys discovered?"

Oh yeah, and to keep it on topic and so no one flames me, yes I have a well-paying job as a network administrator. My office is right across the hall from a very nice blind woman who has a German Shepard seeing-eye dog. Problem is, I'm allergic to pet dander, and this causes me to sit and sniffle all day. So you know what I do? I suck it up and pop a few Zyrtec, because you can't tell a blind woman to move her fucking dog.

Fiberglass Insulation (4, Interesting)

rtkluttz (244325) | about 11 years ago | (#8044837)

I worked in an office inside of a manufacturing facility where raw fiberglass insulation products were being processed (read pounded into submission by 300 ton presses) that caused much of it to be ejected into the air.

Many people who started work there rarely made it past lunch time the first day.

Photo etching on OLD equipment (1)

neurojab (15737) | about 11 years ago | (#8044838)

I once had a job where I did photo-etching from 6PM to 6AM. Basically it involved running sheets of metal through hydrochloric acid. The problem is, being that I was a temporary, I got to work with the OLD machines. We had to hang the sheets overhead... they'd come out dripping with acid. The acid would run down my arm... I'd end up with brown stains all over my arms and clothes.

It was also LOUD, HOT, and Humid.

When the morning shift would come in, they were all bald, had thick glasses, and a couple were missing some teeth.

I didn't stay too long.

close the window (5, Funny)

Capt'n Hector (650760) | about 11 years ago | (#8044843)

As I write this, there is a window open behind me with a small jet engine outside.

hit command-w, and you'll be fine.

maybe not quite as bad but I've had 3 good ones. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044848)

During the .com boom I was a consultant to an ecommerce startup that was in a warehouse with picnic tables. Problem was that they had nails and staples sticking out of them. After one or two injuries we spent a couple of days repairing picnic tables before we continued coding.

I also worked as a consultant at a oil comapany that put four of us in a printer closet. We actually had to enter and leave in a certain order so we could all get in. If you had to pee you had to announce it so everyone could file out and back in in the correct order.

Finally at another oil company I spent 2 months with workman grinding on the outside of the building directly in line with my office. You learned to ignore it but it would vibrate your desk and you had to find a different office to hold phone calls.

Those sucked but I'm not sure I can top a jet engine.

Well... (1, Funny)

w3weasel (656289) | about 11 years ago | (#8044849)

Im sitting here trying to get work done in a Windows only network!


Worst job (5, Funny)

loserbert (697119) | about 11 years ago | (#8044854)

I wouldn't want to be the alien that has to do all the anal probing. I mean c'mon! Have you seen the people that get abducted?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044856)

Try working 8 hours with crazy diarrhea and no bathrooms.

People with IBS know what I mean...

Once, I had to migrate a company... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044858)

...from Macs to Dells running NT 4. I was the only computer support guy there for 100 Macs. Once the Windows shit started rolling in...

That was years ago. The bedwetting stopped, but the occasional nightmare still wakes me up, screaming.

I'm currently (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044859)

Trapped in a small box, using my nose to type through the one air hole in said box. My job is testing boxes to see how long people can live inside them.

GAS! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044860)

Try working inside a chemical weapons plant, wearing a gas mask that you can barely see or breathe in, with chemical agent alarms going off and people evacuating upwind.

"No, you have to stay and secure the servers."

Thats really minor (5, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | about 11 years ago | (#8044862)

Try working in an assembly plant for a while where you breathe clouds of oil based coolant and it drips off the celing after condensing. Even IT guys have to work out there on the PLC's and network hardware.

How about a PCB etching line where you have clouds of nitric acid..

Try a coke processing plant ( the black coal stuff, not the drink ) or a casting plant that uses graphite as a release agent.. Both will cause black lung, among other things...

This stuff kills you .. your 'bad job' is just an irritant... Be happy you are employed and quit whining.

Work at GBIS... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044863)

Yeah, work at Great Basin Internet Services [greatbasin.net] . They'll bend you over and rape you in the ass; without lube, mind you. They rape their customers with high prices, rape the employees with minimum wage, and then rape you some more while you're working there.

Oh yeah, and don't forget the gay sex in the bathroom door. Holy shit that was scary. Shouldn't that shit be illegal to do in public?

Not knowing the future (1)

th3axe (690230) | about 11 years ago | (#8044865)

I think the worst conditions are psychological. If the company is gonna restructure, and everybody knows it, but your boss doesn't know what's going to happen or when and you don't know, and the execs aren't being too free with the info, so you don't have any clue what's up. Even though you're good at your job you still think, well, they shut down a whole department last year...

And you have to worry about a mortgage and doctor's appointments for your newborn...that's pretty bad.

Of course, this is not happening here.

I work for Kaiser IT. (0)

Hyperkinetic (142875) | about 11 years ago | (#8044866)

It doesn't get any worse than that.

My poor friend... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044867)

He actually quit this job...

He worked for a high class strip club. As a bouncer. So not only did the girls cuddle up to him all night long, but they were usually nekkid when doing so...

I've had trouble accepting that they actually PAY him to do this... But to find out that he left that job, because he didn't like the working conditions...


Shit- (5, Informative)

IWantMoreSpamPlease (571972) | about 11 years ago | (#8044874)

I used to be an OSHA/EPA-type inspector. I've seen shit that will melt your eyes.

How about inspecting a toxic waste dump, recently uncovered in a marina, left over from the Vietnam era days, drums and drums of Agent Orange.

Asbestos factory plants shut down an abandoned, with asbestos piles higher than most apartment complexes.

Lead reclaimation factories that never should have gotten permits to begin with.

Frat-boy dorm rooms (I had to wear a gas mask in one section, it was so bad)

Public housing projects where aborted fetuses are hidden under stair cases, along with use diapers from the other kids.

You got nothing on what I have seen...

Well... (1)

nordicfrost (118437) | about 11 years ago | (#8044878)

I had to cover a wounded Norwegian citizen at the San Fermin [sanfermin.com] festival. It was incredibly crowded everywhere and I had to write an article sitting on the pavement among piles of wine-induced vomit and write it as this was the only place to sit down. Thousands of drunk USAians and Australians raved around me and spilled wine on the laptop.

Tacoma Narrows! (2, Interesting)

Otter (3800) | about 11 years ago | (#8044883)

This certainly doesn't top your story (what's a body warmer?) but at the time of the Northridge earthquake, I was working in a lab in a catwalk connecting two medical buildings, with a road underneath. We had frequent, strong aftershocks for weeks afterward and the floor would twist and flex like that movie of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse.

Apparently it was structurally OK but the drywall was completely ripped away at one of the building junctions. You could see plenty of daylight and pigeons started nesting in it. It took UCLA three years to bother to fix it.

Still better than this job, though...

Hepatitis B/C HIV lab (1)

jeromio (99753) | about 11 years ago | (#8044884)

I had to install some robotics equipment in a contained lab. There was a whole procedure for suiting up (including booties and a puffy hat), many rules about what to do and not do inside and then a whole procedure for leaving (disposal of the suite, scrubbing down, etc.). I had to get a vaccination for HepB, which requires constant updates (and is one of those painful globulin injections). No vaccine for HepC or HIV though obviously.

There was a definite incentive to get the H/W and S/W right because I did not want to have to come back.

Factory (1)

princewally (699307) | about 11 years ago | (#8044886)

I used to work in a factory built(poorly) in the 40s. The warehouse roof was caving in. It was down to within 1 foot of the top of the stacked pallets.

The whole factory was poorly insulated. In the winter, it got down to 35 degrees. In the summer, it got up over 110 in west central Minnesota.

That is just the physical environment. The work included cleaning tanker trucks with chemicals that OSHA required safety equipment to use, but we weren't given the equipment.

The job also included lying to health inspectors and rabbis.

The law was broken a lot, but they were the best paying job in the county, so no one complained.

Reminds me of (1)

Leffe (686621) | about 11 years ago | (#8044887)

This kind of reminds me of this [slashdot.org] old story [forbes.com] .

A high school class room (1)

ShallowThroat (667311) | about 11 years ago | (#8044888)

nothing could be worse.

oh man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044891)

i could either go with having to give people aol at compusa, or living in the woods in the himalayas trying to get comms with a crappy radar that runs a 1.83mhz x86 over crappy 8 gauge steel wire...i think the aol selling tops that one out

I'm Mike Rowe. (0)

Jaiden (64072) | about 11 years ago | (#8044895)

nuff said.

My current gig (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044896)

Well, I'm working for a group that's on the other side of the country, and the company doesn't have any office space within 20 miles of my home.
I'm working from my living room, and my primary task is training folks on what I did at my last company. I got paid over $100 (I'm hourly, with a very decent rate) to sit on my couch with a headset phone and wax philosophical for a while yesterday.

Oh, you said worst? Sorry, my bad.

I don't think I have to say... (1)

Exantrius (43176) | about 11 years ago | (#8044897)

Much more than this...

(truthfully, it's gotten a little better... A Very Little.)

I kept getting the memo (1)

xTK-421x (531992) | about 11 years ago | (#8044903)

On how I didn't put the cover sheet [ua.edu] on my TPS Reports. So I decided to go into construction instead.

True Story (5, Interesting)

ellem (147712) | about 11 years ago | (#8044906)

They put me in the server room once.

The server room was the HVAC room and it was about 30 degrees in there at all times. The AC was so loud I had to use a phone outside the room and I only knew it was ringing by a red light hooked up (by me) in the HVAC room. When the AC clanged on it would suck papers off my desk, and pulled my hat off more than once. When I told them they had to move me the told me to quit.

I did.

clean room (1)

andih8u (639841) | about 11 years ago | (#8044909)

I worked for Toshiba before they sold all their US assets, so I got to work in a clean room in the SDRAM manufacturing facility...wearing the full giant condom suit, surgical gloves, face mask, etc. Trying to lug around pcs, run cables, and replace network cards wearing all that crap was a treat.

deadliest job ever (1)

Graymalkn (115421) | about 11 years ago | (#8044912)

It didn't happen to me, but a friend [oedipusthemovie.com] once had an intern position on a movie set in which he had to stand in six inches of cold water and keep two electrical wires in contact.

I Work for SCO (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044918)

I Work for SCO... top that!

Bleh (1)

SkArcher (676201) | about 11 years ago | (#8044919)

I had to work admining not one but every single version that has ever existed of MS Windows, Windows Server, Exchange, Office, Outlook, and a few other MS bits and pieces.

The stench... (2)

BitchHead (464271) | about 11 years ago | (#8044922)

Currently I work in a biological diagnostic production facility. We manufacture testing kits for the diagnosis of enteric and fecal parasites. All the components must be tested in-house for FDA compliance. This means that the labs stink like poo.
Imagine working at a bench setup in a public restroom, and everyone that came in to use the can had an intestinal problem. That's what it's like.

Server room at old factory (4, Interesting)

onyxruby (118189) | about 11 years ago | (#8044924)

I had a server room at an old factory that I admin'd at. The room had a partly failed Liebert line conditioner that powered the circa 1970 HP 3000. It made a tone loud enough to prevent going into the room more than a few seconds without hearing protection.

The unit was so old that the Liebert rep had never even seen one before, much less find it in his manual. The electrician couldn't order the part to fix it himself (he knew what was wrong with it) because the whole system was due to be replaced in 18 months and they didn't want to sink money into it.

As a result I got hold of the maintenece head and asked him if I could borrow his decibal meter. He asked me what for, and followed me into the server room.

This was a plant that had hearing protection in different areas, beyond the typical hearing plugs due to OSHA and worker safety concerns (they had to undergo anual hearing tests to monitor for damage). I ended up with a several hundred dollar pair of 40db rated earmuffs - that I was to wear over normal ear plugs, the very next day.

Cound be worse... (1)

jmv (93421) | about 11 years ago | (#8044926)

...you could be working for SCO.

Military Hospital (2, Funny)

bigattichouse (527527) | about 11 years ago | (#8044927)

A poem:

In the bowels of a military hospital,
working 11 hour shifts
on death march.

Some Asshole in the next room
where-in lies the thermostat,
Decided that they should
turn the temp down
and lock the door
over the holidays
To save energy.

Not realizing,
in the bowels of the hospital,
in a room once marked O.R.
That turning a thermostat to 45,
in fact
make the room 45...
and not just settle
on ambient temp.

11 hour shifts, trying to
type with a coat, and hat
and gloves on.

I brought a space heater.
It helped a little.

I was very unhappy.

Biohazards trump noise! (1)

k4hg (443029) | about 11 years ago | (#8044928)

I work in a big city emergency room. I'm exposed to patients with AIDS, influenza, gastroenteritis viruses (like the ones that plague cruise ships), tuberculosis, and endless cold viruses on a daily basis. When SARS makes it to the US, I'll almost certainly catch it.

I've been bled on, coughed on, crapped on, pissed on, and vomitted on, but the worst is butt pus...

Of course, it pays better than piloting a cubicle...

Worst Working Conditions? (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about 11 years ago | (#8044929)

A clor-alkali plant. Mercury, asbestos and chlorine.

'Nuff said.

Try Yorkshire (1)

bstadil (7110) | about 11 years ago | (#8044934)

Terrible place to start out [davidpbrown.co.uk] but at least you can tell your friends on Slashdot.

My current working conditions (1)

Necrotica (241109) | about 11 years ago | (#8044936)

They aren't necessarily bad, but they're humourous. I live in Canada and right now it's -20C outside. My desk is right under an air conditioning vent that cannot be turned off so it blows cold air. The windows nearby are drafty so it's pretty cold where I sit.

My manager felt sorry for me so he bought me a space heater for my cubicle. Very nice! Except that when I plug it in and it runs for more than 10 minutes it flips the breaker and everyone on the floor loses power.

The office itself is just outside a very large steel mill and when it's cold outside and they add water to the molten steel mixture it causes very loud explosions that shake the entire admin building where I am. I have gone through three keyboards so far this winter from the shaking of the building causing my coffee to spill on the keyboard.

Worst working environment ever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044941)

Posting anonymously for obvious reasons.

One company I worked for was a small partenrship. The partners would argue amongst themselves everytime the two came together to talk. The arguments were shouting matches that everyone heard, full of cussin' and carryin' on. Eventually, I had to break them up one day when they got into a bloody fist fight at work.

Top that.

Post-work environment (2, Funny)

Geccoman (18319) | about 11 years ago | (#8044943)

I worked for a guy that was an outspoken racist (with me). I quit my job after dealing with his crap for a couple months (he was also starting to say some awful things about my bro-in-law) and he tried to convince the higher-ups that I was trying to defraud the company.

He claimed that I was not doing my job while I was there (despite telling me and my co-workers that I was great and he would like me to fill his shoes if he got his promotion -- he didn't get it)

When asked by HR what my problems were with the company, I told them the whole thing. Within a day or two, they were taking his side.

They threatened to sue me multiple times (for taking a paycheck but not working. ??? They never did a thing) During the whole ordeal, my wife got so stressed out that she miscarried.

It sucked.

Worst ever - IBM Toronto (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044944)

Once I worked at IBM in Toronto. I had to work in a nicely coloured cubicle. There was this cafeteria with delicious meals at reasonable prices, cute female employees, break rooms set up to look like a waterfall oasis, or an english library, pool and ping pong tables, and dedicated networked gaming machines.

It was pretty horrible. :-(

Lying Employers (1)

SoftwareJedi (461057) | about 11 years ago | (#8044949)

Working for a small company run by liars is the worst environment I have experienced so far.

What made it so bad is that they did not realize they were liars.

I worked in a whorehouse once (1)

AmericaHater (732718) | about 11 years ago | (#8044950)

I was paid $2000 a week as a sysadmin.
I had to do 15 hours a week but I had 2 hour lunches.
There was a company Porche I could use for free.
We had an in-house restaurant that did 5 course meals for $1.
I was able to get freebie with the companies girls when I was off duty.

But had to pay for the condoms!! can you believe it? Those total utter bastards!!
Needless to say I left there the second my 10 year notice period was up.

Now I work from Microsoft
but please dont tell my parents they still think I work at the whorehouse.

Ick. (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | about 11 years ago | (#8044951)

Having a boss is the worst nuisance I've ever run across, and it seems like there's one at every damn place I work.

The Meat Locker (1)

gronkulator (119289) | about 11 years ago | (#8044952)

The thermostat in the operations room in a datacenter was kept at a frosty 57 degrees ("for the computers"), but actual air temps were in the forties. The room also had floor to ceiling glass walls that reinforced the whole "Fish in a Bowl" feeling. Oh yeah, and the control panels for _all_ the building systems were on the back wall, meaning that any time the temperature on the roof got above 110 degrees (frequent in the summer) or the humidity got above a certain level (frequent in the spring), an ear-piercing klaxon would go off. This would, of course, occur randomly.

I've had much worse! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#8044955)

I had to program on a machine without Windows once! They had a third-world country OS called Lunux or something like that, can't remember, but it sucked so bad!!! Climatic conditions don't help, but having the wrong tools is definitively a big problem. It's like putting nails in with your bare hands or something like that.
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