Best & Worse Job You've Ever Had?

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  1. Jan 25, 2019 #1

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    Name the best job and worse jobs you've had and why.

    Best - Radio station DJ. This was a great job that I worked overnights on the weekends. People would send/bring gifts, when musical acts came to town (Panama City, FL) we would get to have lunch or dinner with them, and we were all given VIP cards to the clubs on the beach.:D

    Worse - Dishwasher at a restaurant called Mr. Steak. The kitchen was not well run nor very clean. There was grease all over the floor most of the time and the drains frequently clogged. Every night I would go home and my feet were cold and achy from slipping and sliding in the greasy water. And they didn't pay all that well either.:eek:
     
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  2. Jan 25, 2019 #2

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    Best - Secretarial work. I have had a few different positions in this field, but I have maintained my current position at the DMV for the last seven years. It may not pay the most, but it suites me and I'm happy.

    Worse - Waitress at several different restaurants. The worst one was Western Steer when I was in college. It was a steak house. The food was actually pretty good and reasonably priced, working there was a nightmare though. Like BEK's experience, I remember the kitchen floor being paved with brick and very slick from all the grease! lol! It was the worst to have to go into the kitchen and get your orders. I fell several times. Nothing more than bruises, but one more than one occasion, I ended up wearing someone's order.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your woes at Western Steer. I have such fond memories from there. Many years ago, I had a friend who work at one and she introduced me to all of her coworkers. When I would come in, they would seat me off in a section by myself and the entire wait staff would take care of me. Next thing you know, the manager was giving me my meals for free! I almost always got the steak tips.:p
     
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    Yes! The sirloin tips were the best! I miss their rolls more than anything though! They were so good with the honey and cinnamon butter! :D
     
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    Funny side note - I was living in Panama City, FL at the time. One of the cooks lived in a nearby town known for their racist views (really a crappy town where they actually ran a family of color out of the town). Anyway, he was one of the cooks in this place and the first time he made me the sirloin tips, I took it upon myself to let him know that they were excellent. The best I'd ever had. A couple nights later, he came out and sat with me. He told me that no one had ever thanked him for cooking them a meal or expressing gratitude of any kind. That's when he told me about his upbringing and that he was starting to think his family was wrong in their racist views. He actually started to tear up when we talked because I think he may have done some not-so-nice things to people of color in the past. We made it a point to continue to talk from then on and he was a nice a respectful guy to me always.
     
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    Hmm...interesting topic but I guess I've been lucky in that I've only had two jobs...okay, counting my teenage stint as a paperboy for four years, it's three jobs.

    Since all jobs have their good and bad sides, I can't really determine a "worse" job.

    The paperboy gig actually made me decent money for the early 1980s. I delivered an evening paper so I didn't have any of that early morning crap top deal with. Once my bill was paid, the rest was profit and I made pretty good tips. Yeah, I had asshole customers but it was experience working with money and people.

    My post high school to the end of Grad School years were spent at Kmart. This was roughly 9 and a half years. This job had its ups and downs but it put gas in my car and paid for college books. I don't miss retail a bit though.

    Finally, my current job since December 1993 is as a reference librarian: I make decent money doing something I like and went to school for. Again, this job has its ups and downs but I'm probably going to retire from the job in 10-15 more years.

    So, I guess I'm lucky in being able to escape a "worst" job.
     
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    The best job I ever had was teaching Greek at the university: it is probably the most fun I have ever had with all my clothes on.

    The worst job I ever had was busing tables at the officers' club on a Navy base. You who were once waiters and waitresses, do you remember the busboys? We remember you and how we hoped one day to rise to your exalted position.

    The weirdest job I ever had was at the Farlow Herbarium of Harvard University. They have an enormous collection of dried plant specimens which they were transferring from paper containers to plastic ones. I was one of several people employed to put bits of dried moss into plastic bags. The oddest thing was that the workers sorted themselves into social classes based on what plants they were working with. For example, during our breaks we Moss People were careful to avoid the Algae People; it would never have done to mix with them. We never even saw the people who worked with flowering plants, because they had their own separate break room -- the snobs! But I still remember how excited everyone was the day the Fern Lady had coffee with us.
     
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    My worst.
    I worked in an assembly type job that rebuilt outboard engines. My very boring and repetitive job was to stand in one spot all day and sand blast parts.
    I hated it so much that everyday I wished to be involved in a horrific accident just so I didn't have to go to work that day

    My second best was as a truck driver transporting exotic, classic and luxury cars. I loved driving ferraris, Mercedes, Rolls Royces and the such but my codriver is a heavy smoker and I don't smoke so I only stayed 6 months.

    My most favorite job is my current one.
    I drive otr from Georgia to California and back. Lots of miles which is important to a truck driver. And I get to see new sites every day.

    I have been driving for 5 years and through various jobs I have driven in all 48 states and 6 Canadian provinces. What a life!
     
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    To me the best job I had gave me my RL nickname,Rat!I spent a yr. & 1/2 as Chuck E. Cheese!I got to go out on promotional outings.I could just let go & be happy & silly!I played video games with the kids(there were at least 4 games that had CEC listed in the top 10)....lol Kids would challenge me & if they won they got 10 free tokens.(Wasn't easy playing with those big gloved hands & having to look out the mouth!)

    My least favorite job was working at a machine shop.I was supposed to be learning a trade.Instead I spent more time doing cleanup & yard work around the shop & the owner's home than I did learning anything.The only machine I learned to use was the threader for threading rods.I think i got pretty good but even then he was never happy.I could do things exactly as I was shown & he'd still complain.The only times I ever saw that man smile was when he was talking to a customer!
     
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    I shied away from making the strip club DJ the best or worse because it was both at various times (as one might imagine).
     
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    WORST JOB
    My worst job ever was being a computer programmer for a bank in Auckland.

    BEST JOB
    My best job ever is what I do now. I found myself unemployed a couple of years ago. So, I went self-employed and created my own work portfolio, which I still pursue even though I'm now officially retired. I do some work as a senior plus size menswear model. I do some work as a Santa Claus, including traditional Santa gigs for the little children, raunchy Santa gigs for the not so little children and Santa strippagrams. I also do some language teaching and coaching, including French. Sanskrit and Biblical languages. And I'm happy, happy, happy!
     
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    WORST JOB
    Call Center agent B2B in tourism industry. Worst because it was mentally hard to deal with a lot of respectless people. Was 15 years ago - it is probably worse today.
    Bad working hours.
    And it was paid little money.

    BEST JOB
    What I actually do is the best job so far. I work for an int'l company in tourism industry as a purchasing manager for touristic flights.
    Due to lot of changes in this sector recently here in Europe/Germany it is never getting boring.
     
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    Best job is what I’m doing now, airline baggage handler. Been doing it since 2000. Also loved working for SuperShuttle in San Diego back in 1992, first job after I mustered out of the Marines.

    Worst job was that one day I worked retail at a marine supply store. The Marines also taught me that food service really isn’t for me either.
     
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    Best job: CNC Machinist for Vermeer in Iowa. I love everything about my job, and the place I work at.

    Worst: Hormel. The place treated us like crap and the pay wasn't worth the physical stress that they put on us.
     
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    Worst: Sewing machine, microwave, and vacuum cleaner salesperson at a Sears store. Why? The pay was straight commission, so I had lots of anxiety about earning enough every week to pay my bills. And there was a lot of drama and backstabbing. Even in management and HR. I wouldn't give up a weekend off I put in for a month early so the HR manager's gal-pal who worked in appliances could take off and take her kid to some event. So, to retaliate, I was given awful schedule hours during times the store was dead and I couldn't earn enough in commissions to pay my bills that scheduling period and had to bust my ass finding odd jobs to make up the difference. And the guy in the air conditioning and stovetop department got pissed because I was making a lot of money in commissions selling sewing machines because I could demo them really well, so he started taking parts off the machines so I couldn't demo them for customers anymore to get back at me. It was an all around toxic work environment. I hated that job so much.

    Best: My late friend Cathy's (XXXLGBBW *I think was her screenname* here on Dimensions) sister and business partner opened a plus size boutique here in Houston in the later half of the '90s called Annie's Plus. Cathy was brought in to manage the store and do the buying, and she brought me in to be a salesperson, seamstress on site, and shop assistant. I worked there from set up to close down. Ultimately the shop just couldn't compete with chain stores and only lasted about 3-4 years, but it was a great job while it lasted. It was pretty much women from the local NAAFA/BBW scene running the shop and TBH, while it was a pretty involved job (you do a bit of everything in a small business) it was a lot of fun. And I learned a lot about retail and the plus size fashion industry. We were kind of like Houston fat chick central for those few years.

    The rest of my jobs have been okay. Not great, not bad, just jobs.
     
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    Worst Job: I worked 4 days at a discount shoe store. I was desperate for work, being married less than a year, lost my two previous jobs when the couple I worked for split - I was their day "manny" and nights worked in the bar they owned. I was desperate, the store paid $4/hour, when minimum wage was $3.25. After the 4th day, the store manager let me and half the staff go. "We were not sales material," we were told.

    The store closed two months later.

    Best Job: I'd say a tie. For two years, I beta tested software a high school friend and his team at a large major "business machine" corporation created. They needed outside "eyes" to check their work. I was a stay-at-home dad so I could work while watching my son. Paid me well, too.

    And now, I've been working for a medium-sized healthcare insurance company, one that I've been at for 10 years. I love it, the stress is not so great, the office where I am allows for three monitors plus two laptops. I love LOVE being a NERD! Plus, the coworkers are pretty, um, pretty amiable.
     
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    Best - I was a Support worker for disadvantaged kids, duties included; playing Xbox, going to the cinema, clowning around, taking on a big brother/father role. I had to do 24 hour shifts, which meant once the kids went to sleep I could go outside for a smoke and then watch some Netflix with food, sometimes I would forget that I was at work and actually getting paid.

    Worst - being a line worker in a warehouse, 12 hour shifts, two 15 minute breaks and a half hour for lunch, the rest of the time was just solid demoralising work, "pick 5 items and put into box 6" "pick 3 items and put into box 4" "pick 12 items and put into box 9" for 12 hours, mentally it was torture, I even started making up little stories in my head to occupy myself, physically I would be completely wrecked after the shift, feet would be all blistered and calloused lol. Shoulders, arms and back would ache, never ever ever again lol.
     
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    My best job is as a real estate agent. I get to make my own hours and don't have to be managed by anyone else.

    Worst: was when I was an addictions counselor at a methadone clinic in Baltimore for 2 years. Got paid terribly as I did the job of 5 other counselors yet hot paid the same as everyone else, the facility was too small, the staff treated the clients like dirt. Best thing they ever did for me was to fire me.
     

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