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Old 11-12-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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They all suck...glad to be retired and not have to put up with the bs
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Old 11-12-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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Hate to break it to you, but the situation you descibe at HEB Corporate would likely be similar at other local employers, at least based on my personal experience.

For example, the local company I was employed at until 2005, was still utilizing an eight-year-old release of computer aided design and drafting software, that was no longer supported. They were still using Windows NT operating system. Having to work late evenings, weekends, and holidays (in addition to the regular 8-5 M-F schedule) was not uncommon. Employee head count was kept as low as possible...vacant positions were often kept open indefinitely. I could go on and on.
All I know is that I've worked for 3 different companies in the 10 years that I have been in San Antonio (All Degreed positions) and HEB is the only one of the three that is this way.
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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This sounds crazy, but my favorite job of all time was Taco Bell (I was 16-17). Easy to do and I got to eat free food when I got there for my shift. Now, as I sit in my office and meetings for 10+ hours each day, I find my mind wandering to the food prep line at the 'Bell...

--Dim
Totally know where you're coming from with that, but I never worked at Taco Bell. My two favorites were a deli in Michigan and a Wendy's in Florida. It was just a job with very little stress and I got to meet all sorts of women, including several long term relationships and the one that is my wife of almost 25 years.. I was just thinking about this exact same subject a couple days ago while at work and so wishing I could time shift myself back to the wonderful mid-80s
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:17 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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They all suck...glad to be retired and not have to put up with the bs
Oh, I agree totally. Working in this city with the attitudes really really sucks. Especially if you are a degreed professional. Blatant (and I do mean BLATANT) racist discrimination and favoritism.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: United States
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Hate to break it to you, but the situation you descibe at HEB Corporate would likely be similar at other local employers, at least based on my personal experience.

For example, the local company I was employed at until 2005, was still utilizing an eight-year-old release of computer aided design and drafting software, that was no longer supported. They were still using Windows NT operating system. Having to work late evenings, weekends, and holidays (in addition to the regular 8-5 M-F schedule) was not uncommon. Employee head count was kept as low as possible...vacant positions were often kept open indefinitely. I could go on and on.

This is definitely common practice in many companies here in San Antonio, sad to say. I've worked and consulted for a few of them. What irks me the most are the "good ol' boy" type business owners who have absolutely NO grasp on technology whatsoever, yet expect their businesses to grow and operate without investing and proper planning their IT infrastructure. But when their chewing gum and bailing wire approach doesn't work out or fails utterly, they throw expletive-laden tantrums and expect IT staff to produce miracles.

Years ago, I had to displeasure to consult for one guy who used his business to heavily fund his various gambling hobbies, and trying to convince him to back up his financial data or he'd be up a creek. It didn't help that he drank a 12-pack of beer each day on the job either. The mentality of "git 'er done' and "work harder, that'll fix 'er" does not address or resolve shortcomings in deficient leadership or an existing IT framework that was poorly conceived, funded and maintained.

Like the poster above, I too could go on about a few other local companies, some of them allegedly considered "revered local institutions", that are total nightmares to work for. But I've moved on to better places, thank God!
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Old 11-12-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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Hate to break it to you, but the situation you descibe at HEB Corporate would likely be similar at other local employers, at least based on my personal experience.

For example, the local company I was employed at until 2005, was still utilizing an eight-year-old release of computer aided design and drafting software, that was no longer supported. They were still using Windows NT operating system. Having to work late evenings, weekends, and holidays (in addition to the regular 8-5 M-F schedule) was not uncommon. Employee head count was kept as low as possible...vacant positions were often kept open indefinitely. I could go on and on.
This reminds me of the San Antonio Municipal Courthouse. They spent god knows how much money replacing all of their computers with brand new Macs and put Windows XP on all of them. One judge was having technical issues and couldn't start the lineup of trials.

Last week, I completed several tests for a State of Texas job opening. I was tested on my knowledge of Windows 2000.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Just Inside Loop 410
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most temp jobs are horrible, those are the kind of jobs nobody in their right mind would consider as a permanent gig. I did a temp job next to the freeman coliseum for AT&T. in a huge hot warehouse boxing up broken telephones. it was like a factory assembly line style job. I hated it. I saved up just enough cash to get me by for a while, and quit. another bad one was working at a dollar general store, one can only take so much of having to deal with thieves, and drunk customers. best job was when I worked at Wherehouse Music..RIP. oh and HEB sucked too. 4 years of being told I'd become full time, 4 years in, and I was working 19 hours a week, I go in after being off for a few days, and the new schedule had me for 7 hours...for the whole week! I nearly lost it right there, and left, never went back
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:06 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Totally know where you're coming from with that, but I never worked at Taco Bell. My two favorites were a deli in Michigan and a Wendy's in Florida. It was just a job with very little stress and I got to meet all sorts of women, including several long term relationships and the one that is my wife of almost 25 years.. I was just thinking about this exact same subject a couple days ago while at work and so wishing I could time shift myself back to the wonderful mid-80s
It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who daydreams of past jobs! You hit the nail on the head--low stress. Of course, I didn't have a mortgage and bills back then...

--Dim
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