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My officemates are cracking me up.  Our department takes up 2 floors of a 6-story building, my team (Design & Development) has most of the 4th floor.  This building is old.  Most of these folks are saying it should be torn down.  Because it’s old, some vital things just don’t work – like the heating and cooling systems (we’ve had several 90+ degree days INSIDE), building security, and sometimes the water (like for the last couple of days, we haven’t been able to use any water in our building because even drinking fountains are causing major sewer problems – yuck!). 

One of the developers has started keeping a list of all the “quirky” things about our building.  Here’s what he (and the rest of them – this thread has been passed around the office for the last half hour) have on the list so far:

  • A/C dysfunction
  • Water woes
  • Rusty water when we do have it
  • “Pock-ridden” parking lot
  • Cockroaches (Yes – all over.  Even in the refrigerator!)
  • Elevators that make you step up 8 full inches to get on your floor
  • Flooding in the bathrooms
  • Sticky-fingered visitors (security issues)
  • Vagrants hiding in the bathrooms and sleeping at our managers’ desks (more security issues)
posted under gripes, work
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  1. Avatar July 17th, 2007 at 3:30 pm evan Says:

    Any OSHA issues involved? Some of those sound like an unsafe/unsanitary work environment to me.

  2. Avatar July 18th, 2007 at 1:20 pm Tara Says:

    =) Perhaps, though I doubt we’d be here if there were. This is a really big company.

    Most of these things were one-time events – just very memorable one-time events.

  3. Avatar July 19th, 2007 at 9:52 am tom Says:

    Sweatin’ off the pounds while working, fighting huge mutant cockroaches for your food, battling vagrants on the way to your car, avoiding sink-holes in the parking lot… what’s NOT to like about that job?

  4. Avatar July 19th, 2007 at 1:19 pm Tara Says:

    thankfully, like I said, most of these things (with the exception of the parking lot – and we have to FIGHT for those spots!) are one-time crazy events. =)

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