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Crikey! Actual work! [Feb. 16th, 2005|08:13 pm]

I started work on Monday. My head is still spinning. Lots to learn really quick. Some quick, ill-conceived impressions after three days:

Good parts:
-Great people to work with
-Fun projects (building new NOC, major fiber backbone work)
-Entertaining problems

Okay parts:
-Bureaucracy somewhat quick (like, heavy cream instead of molasses)
-Acceptable upper management support
-Fairly familiar with most software & hardware used

Not quite as good parts:
-Not the newest systems [1]
-Not the most reliable systems
-No real standardization of... anything really.

Bad parts:
-Massively overworked technical staff
-No processes to deal with common issues
-[redacted, but really bad]
-[even worse... no worse... okay, now imagine a steamroller. yup, that's it]

Needless to say, my job now is the [redacted] bit. On the plus side, I live in the server room where no one can get to me. On the minus side, I have 20 seconds to fight for survival before the halon discharge.

[1] - this could qualify for the understatement of the year award.

[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-17 10:12 am (UTC)
You may want to read about Caring for your Introvert by Jonathan Rauch. Some choice quotes:

Extroverts are energized by people, and wilt or fade when alone. They often seem bored by themselves, in both senses of the expression. Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially "on," we introverts need to turn off and recharge. My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn't antisocial. It isn't a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: "I'm okay, you're okay — in small doses."


With their endless appetite for talk and attention, extroverts also dominate social life, so they tend to set expectations. In our extrovertist society, being outgoing is considered normal and therefore desirable, a mark of happiness, confidence, leadership. Extroverts are seen as bighearted, vibrant, warm, empathic. "People person" is a compliment. Introverts are described with words like "guarded," "loner," "reserved," "taciturn," "self-contained," "private" — narrow, ungenerous words, words that suggest emotional parsimony and smallness of personality.

and, my personal favorite,

If we introverts ran the world, it would no doubt be a calmer, saner, more peaceful sort of place. As Coolidge is supposed to have said, "Don't you know that four fifths of all our troubles in this life would disappear if we would just sit down and keep still?" (He is also supposed to have said, "If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it." The only thing a true introvert dislikes more than talking about himself is repeating himself.)

Clearly this piece is biased, as he identifies as an introvert, but there are some articles of truth in what he says.
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