Archive for October, 2003

Ghettopoly

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

Get your copy of Ghettopoly while you can because it may not be around for much longer.

Genuine Promotion

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

I stand corrected. I thought that they had done away with the A3 position and that was the reason that I got the promotion. Turns out the A3 position still exists and I actually got a genuine promotion. Yeah me 🙂

Happy Birthday Mike.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

Happy Birthday Mike!

Lucent success?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

I must say, I never really thought that we would make it, but we did. Time to break out the light bulbs and have a party. Please note that the last time we showed a net profit for a quarter was the quarter before I started with the company, so this is the first profitable quarter in my 3+ year Lucent career.

Ebay Ratings

Tuesday, October 21st, 2003

I currently have 99 unique positive feedbacks on my EBay account. Thanks to my Mom buying a house and needing to unload about 250,000 Disney collectors pins the number of feedbacks has grown exponentially from just the few I had for making purchases. If you have ever been to EBay you have noticed the little stars next to each person’s User IDs. These stars change color with the more unique positive feedbacks you have received on your account. The next milestone for me is 100, which as you can see I am just 1 away from. I have a few sales that I have shipped out where people haven’t left me feedback yet, so hopefully in the next day or so I will reach that next milestone. The only problem with that is this might be the last milestone I will ever reach. In order to get the next colored star I would need to have 500 unique positive feedbacks. I will never make it there.

This EBay situation is kind of analogous as to what has happened at my company. We have several different employee levels: A, B, C, D etc. The largest percentage of the company is at the A, or Management Associate level. In the past the A level used to be split down further to 2, 3, 4, and 5. Yesterday during our job reclassification they did away with the 2, 3, and 5 levels. So everyone at the A level is now at the 4 level. This worked out great for those of us there were 2s and 3s, but there were some 5s that got screwed. Some got moved up to the B level, but some also got moved down to the A4 level.

The situations are not exactly the same, but the mentality which which you could approach the situations is the same. Why should I try any harder to get positive feedbacks if they only way I will be able to get the next color star is to sell 400 more auctions? Why should I work hard at work if the next level I can go to is a B, which would require a new job to be created or another employee to retire or quit? Can you say “dead end”?