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Monday, November 9, 2009

WWWE: Time to get Graphic

So this will be my last entry in the Work, Work, Work Edition of my blog. Gee, I've been working on it since June or July, I can't remember how long ago it was. We have come to the last job I've had up to this point. After graduating from Penn College in 2007 I finally broke into the world of graphic design in October 2007 at a place called Brodart. My main job was to work on the catalog during the summer and then other things throughout the rest of the year such as trade show signage, brochures, flyers, logos, labels, and a bunch of other stuff. It really wasn't the most creative job, it was a lot of production work, but it was good experience.

There's not really much to say about this job to be honest with you, I didn't really like it all that much. I got along great with my co-workers though. The one thing we could always talk about was the show "LOST". I also got to listen to music and podcasts until my boss said we couldn't listen to anything anymore because none of the other departments are allowed to listen to music. So that really sucked when that happened. I listened to about 20 different podcasts every week and it was the only thing that really helped me get through my day, and then it was gone.

My boss and I didn't have a very good working relationship. She never approached me about anything, never gave me anything to do. I would ask her and she would say, "I'll find something for you to do", so I would go back to my desk and wait for something, but I was never given anything to do. And when I would get a project to work on I would get it done quickly and then have nothing to do again. I would be busy during catalog season, but after that, nothing. My boss seemed to avoid me like the plague, she would make small talk with my other co-workers and tell them they were doing a good job, but I would never hear anything like that. The only time she ever said anything to me was if I messed up and then I'd get an earful.

One time she called me into her office and she chewed me out about something and then asked if I had anything to say. I told her that the only thing I ever hear from her is negativity and that she never tells me when I do a good job. I though I would have atleast heard some positive feedback when the marketing team chose my designs out of everyone else's three times in a row. Nope, nothing. Then she told me she would work on that.

I started working on a logo shortly after that. I must have made well over a hundred different designs on that logo. She never asked to see them. I put them in her mailbox but I never got any feedback on them. She just went back to avoiding me like the plague again. But then she called me into her office again a couple weeks after I had told her about her negative attitude. I was let go. I guess that's what you get for telling the truth.

I was never rude or nasty to her, but she was not a nice person at all. I'm sorry I'm talking about someone this way, I know it's not right, I know she probably has issues and maybe I should be praying for her instead of venting all of this on this blog. But I will say she's not the worst boss I ever had. Atleast she never called me on the phone and yelled at me while I was lying on a hospital bed.

Sorry to end this series of posts on such a downer, but it was one of the worst jobs I've ever had and it's mostly because of the boss I had at that job. I didn't exactly like the work all that much, but I didn't really mind it either. I guess I could share one story that's pretty funny though.

I got an e-mail from one of the IT guys, it was an e-mail that went to all the employees. I can't remember exactly what it said, but it went something along the lines of: "The system is going to be down for a few hours today, sorry for the incontinence." If you don't know what incontinence means, then click on it. I usually ate lunch with that particular IT worker so I printed out the definition to incontinence and showed it to him. By lunch time he knew he used the wrong word, but he didn't know what it meant until I showed him. He thought it was funny, he's the kind of guy that can laugh at himself.

Well, I'm glad I'm done with this series of blogs. Now I feel I can get back to just blogging about whatever comes to mind. Some of my favorite blogs are just random ramblings of other people.

I am still unemployed and I have been since July. Please keep me in your prayers. Thank you.


  1. That's a sad situation you had with your boss. I know how hard it can be when someone won't even give you a chance. It's like pounding your head against the wall. All we can do is move on, repay callousness with kindness, and evil with love.

  2. I did the best I could in that situation. I'll be honest though, I was kind and polite on the outside. It was so much harder to try to be that way on the inside. Thanks Jesse.