New (mediocre) employment! :D

Posted by TDOT on Oct. 25, 2012, 8:50 a.m.

In a move of pure spite and anger I quit my job as assistant manager at the theatre. The pay was just so laughable for the amount of work they required out of us that it just wasn’t feasible anymore. That added onto the fact that they REFUSE to offer any sort of advancement unless they think you’re GM potential (which I, as a college student, am most certainly not) finally infuriated me to the point of leaving. I made some good friends there, but it’s just time for a change.

So, where am I at now? Well after sharing a drink with the devil, I’m now employed at Best Buy. My official title is PCHO Sales Associate, which basically just means I sell tablets, laptops, desktops, accessories, printers…well, pretty much the entire right side of the god damn store. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be to be completely honest. The people I’m working with are cool and reasonably savvy about the products (which greatly surprised me). I find I’m much better at helping one idiot for a longer period of time than hundreds of idiots over the course of an hour and a half. The best part about the job is I took a $0.50 pay raise to get consistent hours and a MUCH less stressful job. Not only that, I get monthly bonuses that can max out at a more than reasonable sum, as well as a 6 month bonus which is SUBSTANTIALLY larger, but depends entirely on customers filling out a survey and saying nice things about me <3

Also, employee discounts.

In other news, I’ve been poking around with graphics in Java. I never really went very in depth with this during my early CS classes, and kind of wish that I had. I’m attempting to learn the AWT package in Java, and my plan is start working on a graphics engine of sorts so that I can try making simple games with it. I thought about using something like Slick 2D, but I think I’d rather understand more how things are working under the hood as opposed to “Oh this does this through magic, so I’ll just use it the exact same way every time.â€?.

As far as class goes, right now I’m supposed to be writing a relatively simple memory simulator. All it does is read in a few different memory trace files (a million lines each), parse each line, “access memoryâ€?, and record a few numbers to be output as statistical information afterwards. I believe the number of reads and writes, as well as the number of page faults is an example of the data to be collected. The real point of the assignment is just to implement a couple different methods of memory management. FIFO, LRU, and Random to be precise.

For those of you that might play League of Legends, I swear the randoms I’ve been playing with are getting WORSE. It boggles my mind the lack of teamplay that goes on. Lack of vocal communication is no excuse either, because there are some things that should be very easily assumed. A good example would be if I dash in and lock someone who's out of position down for 3 seconds or better, then you should probably be attempting to kill them since you’re the one with all the damage in the world.

I guess I should just stop playing randoms and wait until all my friends can play. T-T

Also, my girlfriend preordered Assassin’s Creed 3 for me on PS3, and I love her for that <3

Comments

Juju 11 years, 8 months ago

This is why no one works in theatre.

eagly 11 years, 8 months ago

Congrats on the new job! :D Glad you're enjoying it at Best Buy at least.

Cesque 11 years, 8 months ago

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That added onto the fact that they REFUSE to offer any sort of advancement unless they think you’re GM potential (which I, as a college student, am most certainly not) finally infuriated me to the point of leaving.

Still better than academia. The only way to get promoted is when someone else fucking dies.

flashback 11 years, 8 months ago

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So, where am I at now? Well after sharing a drink with the devil, I’m now employed at Best Buy.
I am so, so sorry.

Rob 11 years, 8 months ago

Assistant manager makes less money than a guy who just started at Best Buy? wat?

TDOT 11 years, 7 months ago

@Juju and Rob,

Yes, it's quite awful honestly.

@eagly,

Why thank you good sir! :D

@Cesque,

haha, I did consider the murder of my boss as leverage for increasing my pay… (since me and the management team would've had to run everything until they got the spot filled ^_^ ).

@flashback,

I have to be honest and say it's not as bad as I was expecting. However, working retail in general is worse than chewing your fingers off one by one.

flashback 11 years, 7 months ago

Wait until the inevitable management recycling starts happening. You'll eventually end up with a manager who says things like (In my case, as a Geek Squad agent) "Your job is to take their money, not solve their problems."

TDOT 11 years, 7 months ago

The really sad thing there is I'm just a sales associate, and my manager wants me to focus on answering technical questions and listening to customers so I can hook them up with the best option, not necessarily the better sale.

flashback 11 years, 7 months ago

That's the by-the-book, official policy of Best Buy. Once you get into Christmas, however, sales managers and sups who have good figures, regardless of tactics used, start getting promoted over everyone.