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Old 02-08-2013, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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I am about to start a job working in a cubicle, doing computer-based solo work.

I have never had a job where my entire day is sitting in a cubicle working on projects.

I am excited to think I might love the privacy and the quiet to do work, undisturbed by others.

On the other hand, I am wondering if I will go stark raving mad! LOL

Please share your pros and cons of "cubicle life"...
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:00 AM
 
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Working in a cube is awesome because you get to sit down all day. That is all you need to know it's that you get paid to sit down.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:05 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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When I did that we at least had skylights so you could see the sun/clouds when you looked up. It was not that private, since one side was open and across from someone ls. I'm much happier now in a window office with water views.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Earth
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It drives me insane. After 3 years of the 'corporate life', staring at my PC screen and crunching numbers for 8 hours in a cubicle I'm ready to take a Park Ranger job or something. Something the extra few $$$ isn't worth the BS you have to go through to earn it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I prefer my living room couch in front of the fireplace. Will not be returning to cube land anytime soon.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:36 AM
 
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The walls at my cube farm are just under 6'...

Obvious cons-
Ambient noise.
Smell.
Can't talk on the phone privately (try making a doctor's apt...).
If the lighting isn't right over you, you could have shadows from the wall and/or just bad lighting.
Easy for people to "pop" in and snoop on what you're doing.
Being forced to say "god bless you" multiple times a day.

Pro's-
Social - I've had my own office before. You can isolate yourself very easily.
You hear whats going on with other team members/project. You're in the loop, like it or not.
Management will probably be okay with headphones since the noise might be an issue. Which means music.
Cubes mean less money spent on office space. If your company isn't evil, that means more money for you.
If your boss is in one, you can easily see if he's there or not (depending on wall heights).
Call it BS or not, just being so close to coworkers promotes better team work.


But I'll take my own office with a door any effin day of the week.

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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With that said, I'm almost 7 years into the real world and working an office job. I've made lots of money, but my soul is slowly evaporating. I like the Park Ranger idea. Are they hiring?
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Neptune
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I share a 10' x 13' office with my "supervisor". I can reach over with a ruler and smack her on the head.

Pros: None

Cons: Too many to list.


I'd trade your cube in a heartbeat.

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I like that I have at least a little bit of privacy, though it's only because of where I'm situated. Our cubicles are the open, "half height" design and sound travels quite well.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:51 AM
 
Location: MO->MI->CA->TX->MA
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Pro: You get to complete your work sitting down.

Con: No fresh air.
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