Sunday, February 24, 2013

After Working at Sprint, I Forgot Life is Kinda Nice



After 3.5 years at Sprint, I've almost forgotten what it's like to have sanity and actually like my job.  I didn't actually intend to leave, as least not the way I did.  I was slowly (very slowly) in progress of finding something else back in town so I didn't have to drive 30 miles on the highway to get to a job I honestly hated for some time.

To be honest, it wasn't always a shit hole job.  For the longest time, I liked it there.  Great pay, and really cool people.  Things unfortunately changed though.  Upper management showed the idiots that they are, poor business decisions were made, and morale started to hit the floor for everyone there.  I don't think anyone wants to work at a place where you're reminded daily that they want to fire you for any reason they can since they're over headcount, regardless of how well you perform.  A new site director comes in, and the main initiative is to drive out as many tenured reps as possible and replace them with new people right out of training because you're easily paying them about $3/hour.  Let's not forget the other money saving perks like vacation time, etc.

So yeah, needless to say we all hated it for a while.  It's just hard to leave due to what we made on commissions even after they warped the comp plan all to hell.  Money is one of the few things that will make you sell your soul every time that direct deposit hits the bank.


So anyways, most of you know the story already.  One day I'm sitting there praying for midnight to hit so I could leave for the night.  The next thing I know, I'm on an unexpected vacation.  I had been wanting to take an actual vacation for some time, just NOT like that at all.


I've never been fired from a job in my fucking life.  NEVER.  And to get fired on some bullshit from a temporary sup who had it out for me was even more fucked.  Karma is a motherfucker though.  When they made the final decisions on who was taking over the supervisor openings, she wasn't selected.  I hear she balled her eyes out in front of everyone when she found out.

Regardless, I bounced back pretty quick.  Somehow I normally do.  Even after Circuit City closed down I found another job pretty quick.  I don't like that kind of downtime at all.

I've noticed something though since I got my new job....I'm actually happy.  I don't wake up every day and think about walking out in traffic while staring at the alarm clock just so I don't have to go to work.  I'm OK with getting up and going to work.  Sure I work my ass off, but I'm happy about that because it's not some idle bullshit job where I sit there bored as fuck with my brain on autopilot.

Mentally and physically, I feel fucking great.  And they pay for the coffee!!!

So yeah, I took a pay cut.  It's to be expected going from a commission based job to doing tech support.  It's still an adjustment with the lower paychecks.  Fuck it though, my sanity and well-being is worth much more.

I don't hate Sprint.  Despite everything, I still support the company itself and root for it to get things turned around as a business.  The account services department in Temple and it's management team can kiss my white ass though.  I don't know how they keep their jobs being as incompetent as they are.

I guess you can overcome all the fuck-ups that should normally get you canned quickly if you're on your knees enough.