Shameless Self-admiring Bastard (rampntnegatvity) wrote,
Shameless Self-admiring Bastard
rampntnegatvity

YES!..

Copyed from : Get out of cable TV

Now I can say that I’m officially out. I am a LAN specialist now. Though it be with a major retailer, all my customers are internal – they had better not treat me like dirt. Also I have my own desk, my own desk phone, my own work computer ( that consequently I can remote into other hosts with ) – I have achieved white collar authenticity! I am actually proud of the fact that I have become a Milton ( Office Space ).This is my start in a new career path and I am ecstatic for the change and the capacity to work in new surroundings learning new things, on new technologies. I AM still interested in being a WAN engineer, so I may yet work again in the cable TV industry – but not as a “cable dog” :)

... and oh yes, I work 41 hours a week, with some other overtime required occasionally – and I know about the overtime WELL ahead of time. This overtime will be much more seldom than at Comcast where I worked overtime PRACTICALLY EVERY DAY I WORKED.. By THE THIRD FUCKING DAY OF THE WEEK I had usually worked very close to your five, and then had to work more, and more, AND MORE untill Saturday. Weekends came every fourth, sometimes third, week and sometimes I was asked to work others weekends at that – if I didn’t, then I wasn’t a ‘team player’. ( I just added it up based off of my salary. My pay based off of 40 hours a week was 40,560 a year. I would have made 62,000 before years end the last year I worked there if I included overtime – 13 hours of overtime a week averaged over the whole year )

Just before I quit CompUSA I had considered going back to Comcast because my lack of experience in IT Networking was proving a difficult barrier. Really, I wonder if they would have had me back. Just the same, I had a chance to speak to one of my former co-workers, Fred. I had a hand in training him, just like I had in training any new maintenance technician, or anyone who wanted to become a maintenance technician, for the time I was there. In our conversation I discovered that my old areas went to shit a month after I left – predictable. I also discovered that up untill he decided to take it, my position was unfilled. The company had asked over 30 service technicians ( the step below me ) if they wanted a promotion to work my old areas. Over a year had passed before anyone decided to take it, and that was Fred, and he said he had been asked before on several occasions, refusing it based off it’s difficulty. I even saw it posted online – not a typical position to post online, because Comcast promotes from within for tech-operations positions.

It was vindication for me hearing that. Anyway, I’ll be happy (hopefully) and well rested from now on.

I can say that I liked working as a maintenance technician. I can honestly say that. I made it into an arcane art. I was dubbed ‘Mr. Wizard’ by one of my co-workers, proclaimed a ‘damned genius’ by another. I was accused of ‘talking above peoples heads’, but not in a negative way – I discovered later that it was otherwise described ‘as though I was speaking in a foreign language’. Out of respect, even by those that disliked me, supervisors rated me 5 on a company 1 through 5 metric of job knowledge – and I don’t remember anyone else ever getting a 5. I was repected as a library of tech knowledge by my peers, constantly asked questions and one of the tech trainers would even have conversations with me about how to test students.

I once re-engineered two nodes, redistributing a customer base, and submitted it to our engineering department, only to have my proposed project shredded. I found out from Fred that the project took place only a few months ago. I think I’ll go look at it personally in a few minutes.

I still don’t want to go back though :)

Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 6 comments