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Old 10-16-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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In my twenty years in Washington DC I have run into my share of uptight XXXX's Type A types. I look back at the many people I have met in the various Government Contractors I have met through the years and chills come down my spine. In general, what a nasty group of people!

I travel a a lot in my job and spend maybe half the time on the road and get an interesting viewpoint and perspective of the differences between workplaces (and employees) in Washington DC and everywhere else. With exceptions of course, the people in the Washington DC area offices are filled with nasty people who have huge egos and want to turn the world on fire with their advanced intellect, drive and ambition.

The people who work in our my employer's Washington DC offices are the grown up version of the kid who studied 12 hours a night who had to get straight A's in school and drove everyone nuts with too many questions in class. Now he or she lives to work and show everyone how smart they are. While the offices in the DC area are filled with people who were not born here they all came here for one main purpose- TO WORK and WORD long and hard hours.

The staff at our offices in Little Rock, Raleigh and Knoxville TN are generally laid back and happy to put in a 8 hour day and then get back to their first priority- their family and friends. And the people in our site locations actually like each other and have far less employee relations conflicts.
The funny thing is when these types try to tell me how important the work they do is. Yeh your paper pushing job at the EPA is so important
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:51 PM
 
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I don't think he's necessarily lying--he's saying he was born here and moved away and then moved back.
"Having lived in the area my whole life"

Either you've lived in the area your whole life or you're lying. Not much gray area on this one. Sorry.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:22 PM
 
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The funny thing is when these types try to tell me how important the work they do is. Yeh your paper pushing job at the EPA is so important
LOL exactly. There are so many jobs in civ and defense that should be cut, but that is another thread.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:37 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Like it or not, Washington DC is a powerful city and will remain so for a long time to come. You all realize this is the capital of the U.S., right? That won't change anytime soon.

If anything, DC's importance will grow with time.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:55 AM
 
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I've lived in the city and the surrounding area since '82, and I've had a range of jobs ranging from fast food to government. I can tell you from experience that the "A-holes" you're referring to are almost always new arrivals to the city. The ones who've been here a while are usually the more laid back, while the new folks are predominately the ones getting caught up in all the hype and are to green to know that they're just another cog in the system.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Like it or not, Washington DC is a powerful city and will remain so for a long time to come. You all realize this is the capital of the U.S., right? That won't change anytime soon.

If anything, DC's importance will grow with time.
DC should be the first city we auction off to China to pay off our debts IMO.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Montgomery Village
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lol. I hear a lot of b*tching in this thread.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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On the flip side, I see whole government and corporate offices here in DC filled with people doing the least they can!

I don't consider myself a Type A, but when an office posts hours of 9 to 5 PM, I expect someone there to do their job at 4:45 and not hear "Oh they leave everyday at 4 PM, you just missed them.

I also see a lot of nepotism in some offices where entire families, church groups and neighborhoods are holding on to jobs in government and corporate sector and get really nasty to new employees who are not "one of them". The people in some of these environments are downright incompetent and rely on their "ties" to keep their jobs.

Their doing the least they can. Some by "retiring in place", others by taking very liberal days off, others by coming in late and leaving early, taking long lunches, or taking their time to do a menial task.

I'm NOT a workaholic. I come in on time and I leave on time. I expect people to WORK in that timeframe.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Standing outside of heaven, wating for God to come and get me.
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I am one of those new, young, ambitious kids, hoping to gain some prestige. I just want to prove to myself that I can make it in this city. That I belong here.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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Barfly,

Wow. Questioning the integrity of posters who have less-than-positive opinions about Washington, DC. That's pretty obnoxious, would you not agree? There are people who have lived here much longer than you and they have valid opinions about the city and its culture.

Not everyone is going to share your view that DC is the ideal post-industrial Mecca. At least some of the veteran posters have a more nuanced, healthy view about DC; they enjoy living here but they acknowledge social problems and a few cultural issues. But you sound like a member of the tourism or local Chamber of Commerce board. Maybe you work in the media relations department at the DC government office. If anyone offers a critique about the City--no matter how trivial or benign--you go into counterattack mode on the City-Data Forum board.

The everyone and everything in DC is "Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy" schtick gets old, Barfly.



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Perhaps if you did live elsewhere for a while you would have some perspective to realize how absurd this pervasive stereotype is. I'm not sure if the transplant stereotype of locals or the locals stereotype of transplants is more absurd at this point. Anyway, this town's been importing wanks since the beginning. It's a fricking government city.


Was wondering how long it'd take you to copy-and-paste your post into this thread.
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