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post #1 of 32 Old 07-19-2012, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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The I Hate Being a Desk Jockey thread

I can't be the only one.

I was a barn manager. I came the closest to loving my job at the job. I liked it but the upper management (the owner) was a bit nutters. She would plan her day but not tell anyone else what her plans were then get mad when horses weren't where she wanted them. She was notorious for calling an hour before PM feed to assign a 3 hour chore - PM feed is supposed to be the last task of the day and she didn't pay overtime. She kept insisting my horse was lame and after spending close to $1,000, no one sees this lameness that she sees. I think she just didn't like my horse.

They didn't cover my insurance and hubby's job did employees only because of govt cuts. All I brought home was about $1000 a month after taxes. $200 of that went into insurance, then I still had to pay for gas - which was around $4/gallon then - another $2-300 per month. I paid our car insurance, cell phone bill and bought groceries. There went all of my money! I couldn't contribute to rent or anything else. I couldn't even buy a soda from the gas station without a good think! Hubby makes good money so "didnt mind" and gave me cash when I needed it but I simply couldn't afford to work at the barn anymore. Between the low income and a slew of broken promises, it was time to go.

I did the unthinkable - I got an office job! My salary is now "normal".
I was able to afford taking on a truck payment (car was dying) and buy a trailer. I can buy new things for my horse when I need it and can contribute to the household.

I've been here almost 3 months and I hate it. The industry I work in is just so....empty? Irrelevant? I work for a fixture manufacturer. Most of my coworkers are all stressed out and are at the office for super long hours. Why? They tool around until lunch, go to lunch late, then try to cram in work at the end of the day and end up staying. Not me -- I do my stuff, go to the gym then see my poneh. They gossip almost all day and pay more attention to shoes and clothes instead of doing work! Management does it too which is why they dont get in trouble.

I think I would be happier if I had a job that was somehow related to horses. I loved the barn work but it doesn't pay beans so I need a horse industry desk job. No idea of there's any around me or how to find one :(

Anyone else thinks their jobs sucks?
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oh how i understand lol

i am used to working odd jobs and having the normal 9-5 job and being able to hang with my horses. my favorite job was when iworked for the park service as an interp. ranger. i was able to interact with people of all ages and get my horsey fix and lots of exercise lol. it paid great to. sadly the position i was in was a seasonal job offered to college students so upon my graduation i got the boot so to speak.

after graduation was able to get a job immediately as a ship broker. sadly my office hours are 8-6 and normally dont have time to take off for lunch so pack a lunch and work thru it. on a regular basis i have to stay late or work from home which affects any plans i have scheduled not work related. i have had to bail on not only my horses but friends and family becuase of stuff popping up at work. needless to say the office life is not for me. the only people i interact with are foreigners who i usually cant understand. no fault of theres just two different languages trying to understand eachother.
ontop of that my supervisor is completely power hungry and constantly throws his work on me to so he can sit around and do nothing. then thankfully i have a great boss (president) and assistant vice president. they throw him back in his place everytime he trys to throw work around.
and to make matters worse i am one of few women in this field. the few i deal with are great thankfully and the males tend to be either ok or completely sexiest.

but this is definitely not the dream job. jsut pays well and has a relaxed atmosphere at work. one day i hope to get a normal 9-5 job or somehow work out a schedule with my current work to get off earlier if i come in earlier ... but i wont be able to guarantee anything.

gotta love having a job and knowing your thankful for it but not want to be dealing with all the bs that comes with it...
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I just have to be thankful that my job ALLOWS me to KEEP my horses .. and pay my bills.

You sound like you could be a good influence on those folks. You're there for a reason...

I'm a desk jockey also .. one warning ... I'm fighting the "desk jockey butt spread" that happens with sitting on it all day long.. trying to lose weight, *sigh*

Hang in there!
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post #4 of 32 Old 07-19-2012, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by texasgal View Post
I just have to be thankful that my job ALLOWS me to KEEP my horses .. and pay my bills.

In this economy many people are thankful to just have a job. As for other people in office... Does it really matter for you what their schedule is or what they gossip about? That's something I'd care less personally.

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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post

In this economy many people are thankful to just have a job. As for other people in office... Does it really matter for you what their schedule is or what they gossip about? That's something I'd care less personally.
Yes I'm glad I have a job but, and no offense intended, but who would I be thankful to except myself that I have it? One can be glad they have *something* yet still wish it were better.

Normally I wouldn't care about schedules and gossip but it's hard for it not to grate when I have to hear it all day. They are highly social and when they're not on the phone gossiping loudly they're complaining to each other about their hours and that they can't get anything done. I can't just close a door or put on headphones and shut it off. If I could, I would! I can put on a radio but I can't usually hear it unless I blast it, which of course would be frowned upon.
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I'm a desk jockey and after 21 years, am a bit tired of it. Our company has gotten quite lean and more and more responsibilities are pushed down in the organization. So it's becoming a bit difficult to keep up.

Having said that, I am thankful I have my job. It pays for my horsey lifestyle and has allowed me to send my kid to college without too much hardship. Also, my company has sent me around the world many times so I've seen places I'd never have seen, had I not had this position.

But...I do still play the lottery from time to time! Just in case.
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian View Post
Anyone else think their job sucks?

Love my job, the people I work for and with, and the company in general is generous and understanding.

I've had a lot of crummy jobs and superiors over the years, so I'm basking in the glow of a job I really enjoy again.

Sure, the pay could be higher, but the benefits are great and the work is easy.

This old war mare is glad to have a desk job again, where she can use her brain instead of brawn.

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I too am a desk jockey. I am management in my office, but can relate to having others responsibilities handed down to you. I am in this position because I've proven to care about the company, do my work to the best of my ability, and don't need any oversight. But with the high turnover rate we have for the lower positions, sometimes it causes a huge hardship to do my job and to do theirs.

With that said, I enjoy my job. I enjoy dealing with our customers and I am good at what I do. I'm able to keep the office flowing in a well mannered motion and have avoided the boss getting a single 'upset customer phone call' since the day I came on board. I am able to afford my horses and live a nice lifestyle. I feel like I get to use my intelligence daily, and I like that.

The negative is I have an hour and a half commute, so I leave my house at 6:30 and get home at 6. The one thing I have set in place that makes me look a little less desirable is... my family comes first. If my daughter is sick, I work from home. If she needs a doctor appointment, I leave early. If she is graduating from kindergarten, i take the day off. That is my present to myself to be a good working mom.

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I completely understand! I used to manage a farm, & I LOVED IT. But, same as you it didn't pay the bills. Fast forward a few years and I started my professional career. It was a perfect fit for me, except...I was only able to ride Odie once in a very great while. Basically, I disappeared off the face of the earth.

Last year I found a new job in my field that's only 3 miles from home. Catch is, I took a jumbo sized pay cut and I sit in an office 60% of the time. So now I'm home to spend time w/ the kids & horses, I just don't have the money for more than necessities.
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I worked a major desk job for a few years and hated it.
You ever been to the Wal-Mart pharmacy? See that sticker on their employee door that says STOP. That was me.
Ever run into that stupid Optometrist sign at the front of the store with their picture and the plastic letters stating their hours? That was me.

Thankfully the owner of the company became a crack head and lost his business. Now I'm riding my own desk doing cool stuff. BUT, I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE having the less stress of working for someone else instead of scraping by and hustlin for jobs. I did just walk out and mess with the horses at 10 in the morning, but I'll be up working until 6am finishing up projects.
My rear and middle keeps growing though, I looked better when I had to keep my weight off to fit in my suits. Now I walk around in a nightgown all day, barefoot!

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