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not sure I could make it through a shift at one of those places without murdering someone
Although I was going to go with "Fuck no." Slightly more emphatic, perhaps.
but brilliant, done so little work.
we have lounges and football tables and playstations and stuff and one of those little cycling go cart thingies
you're supposed to hate it
I don't play that shit
so weve just got meeting tables made of pallets n grass growing out of our filing drawers.
wouldnt mind a slide to go down after work.
But I'm always jealous when my housemate mentions that their place has an in-house head masseuse.
spent all my money in it :(
launched a 'cool sites' initiative last year.
So far we've got a Wii and two beanbags that seem to attract the worst kind of people.
it was only cool because they expected so much of you in return mind you. The best bits were the dog, the free bar, the pizza Fridays, the masssages, and a bit that had those giant swing things that you could lie on if you were hungover. But it was totally bitchy in there and cliquey. Although they did take you abroad every year instead of a crap Christmas party.
I also worked freelance but on site for a place that made their office look like a garden.
It's all totally wanky and not really my thing BUT i don't really have a problem with it - who could be upset my free pizza and massages at work
vibes i suppose. it's in the big 3 story atrium. i don't understand how it gets watered.
(too right too)
Here it is in the background https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/1499530_10151780226860812_742158314_n.jpg
but it is not cool in the sense you mean
fuck chalkboard walls
I can't imagine a scenario where a chalkboard wall wouldn't end up covered in cocks
it's going to cost me at some point. Nearly dropped a coffee or a signed Walter Scott diary thing. Only a matter of time til I'm fired
o - Hiyaaaaaa
who's that? can i go out with her?
you're handsome but i asked first
one of the spanish interns. I'll ask?
whatever she needs them to be
how many spanish interns are there?
in Exeter office, one.
I'm back at the company next week so will obviously mention your general brilliance.
i don't need any pay and i won't do any work but i'll keep moral high
with rapt interest.
or, if she's not getting paid,
*one of the spanish volunteers
which I wish had been around when I was at uni. The internship program which is goverened by some kind of European fund actually pays for their accommodation, travel and living costs in London. Some of the guys are staying in fucking Chelsea in serviced apartments while they do their internships. Mind boggling.
in that photo.
They want us to be like robots here. You're not really allowed a personality.
disco tunnel? not so much
big desk? wooooooooaahhhh
and then disco tunnel? it's not exactly the same
...and they fail to include The Media Centre in White City. That place is Beeb-engineered to fuck - one of the meeting rooms is a replica of the flight deck of The Tardis. They've got padded rooms, picnic areas, Strictly and Top Gear themed areas coming out their arse. Maybe they don't want to draw attention to how much licence fee dosh they spent on it.
just me and one other person who is work mad
We had arcade machines, table football etc. It never got used though because the MD just liked the idea of it looking like we were like that but in fact it was just a design conveyor belt. I played the arcade machine twice on a Friday night at 6pm when we'd all wrapped up.
Now I work in an 'cool' office block (old bank of england printing rooms) in Hoxton. It's just an office though, with bad air con.
which had a chill out room that was full of arcade games and bean bags, woulda been sweet.
But my kitchen is a cool kitchen. People hug and kiss as a greeting and the floors been selected so it looks good not so you don't fall over on it
Someone touched my back
and 'chill out area' yet still manages to be a depressing, uninspiring place to be.
The gym reeks of sick because someone spilled a protein shake on the carpet, the sauna has been disconnected because someone else (me) used it to dry out damp cycling clothes and the Starbucks is a Starbucks (fine, but it's not like an office dog).
I remember when my mate James let me in on his clever sauna-based clothes-drying technique (there aren't enough radiators for all the cyclists to dry their clothes and there was a bit of aggro). He was well chuffed with himself.
The second time he did it, he sent me a boastful email about the "winning feeling" he was going to enjoy when he put his toasty cycling clobber on. Then we had an unexpected fire drill and he absolutely shat himself. The look of "oh Christ!" on his face was lovely.
I like the big desk thing. My last office tried a bit to have a cool staff room - it was just some sofas and framed classic album covers and a ipod docking station. No-one ever went in there.
I like it.
last time one of us won we bought a radio. What should I get? Was thinking of a table top fridge but wrong season for that really.
Pretty cool eh?
take a day off. I'm sure everyone would appreciate it.
See you tomorrow japes.
shut up meths
is a very dark room with some very comfortable reclining seats or beds for lunchtime naps.
I always hoped a place I worked would get one of these:
by reception there was two guys just sitting there playing guitars.
my heart sinks when I walk into the place. It is oppressive and awful.
I need to get a fun job. I've only been saying this for years now...
We're both clearly so undervalued.
from a wee cottage in scotland? I am feeling like there has to be something I can do with my knowledge and skills that doesn't involve this level of soul destruction.
nah but the last place I worked technically was, although due to the crazy amount of work going around I barely got to use any of the stuff.
it's a really nice office though, plenty of natural light, good summer/winter temperatures, one of my colleagues is particularly green fingered and so we have loads of plants everywhere.
actually we do have a picnic table outside that overlooks the river which has board games embedded into the top; chess, snakes and ladders, ludo, if I recall correctly (never played on it)
and a new company of three people has moved into his office. They moved in at the weekend. It's one of those offices with a glass wall, so they watch us, and we watch them. They're quite crammed in.
We've been told we're getting plants at some point, but I'm not holding my breath.
Sneering at cheesy offices with fun stuff to do VS working in one...
I like sneering as much as the next indie snob but on balance I don't derive a lot of fun from it.
It is just like the Office, complete with warehouse downstairs. There was talk of us only being allowed to use our company's branded mugs and no personal pictures. I shall be ignoring that if it ever comes to force thanks. Depressing smelly break room with a load of old copies of FHM from around 2005. Free tea and coffee though.
because the company owner thought it was "real", "like The Wire".
not sure i'd want to. but i have always wanted to work in an all-smothering, soul destroying office that had loads of cool people in it, so we could get some camaraderie going. like where they work in JPod or something.
have to use a foot heater in the middle of summer to keep myself warm.
Bull and Gate
and there is a helium filled, motor powered, flying fish swimming about. i will try to photo
My office desperately tries to be cool, and in the process lands so far away from it
this was two weeks ago
But it is big and airy. And I get a view of St. Paul's and the Thames out of the window. There's a really good restaurant/cafe and lots of sofas to sit and chill at lunchtime. And a pub next door. And free fruit. Rather have that sort of thing going on then an arcade machine I'd never have a go on.
It felt so wrong to everyone there that I had to promise to never do it again. We briefly toyed with getting a bean bag, but settled with just wheeling our office chairs to an empty space if we wanted a chat rather than doing work. We have a filing cabinet covered in pictures of cats.
We are not a cool office.
Most of my office jobs have been a bit like Gary out of Men Behaving Badly, just a couple of depressing old people who stink of urine but who keep you well stocked up on cakes and laugh at your jokes. The bigger offices i've worked in, well, i've just wanted to fucking massacre everyone, really.
I went for a job at quite a well-known local company who have a reputation for being a good employer. It was like a three-part thing, absolutely awful. In the first part they tried to get me to make a boat out of paper, just didn't even bother. After that they took me on a tour of the building where they had a firemans pole down from the canteen which i was encouraged to try, honestly didn't even give a reason why i thought that was a stupid idea, just shook my head and walked off. Last part was an interview where one of the first questions was "Why do you want to work here?" to which i could offer no answer so just went home.
Essentially, what this comes down to is the fact that there has never been a worthwhile or interesting job that's based in an office.
and moveable basketball hoops and a music room with loads of instruments and a trampoline and hula hoops and big screens up on the wall,
but i work in a school, not an office.
We have FUCK ALL
and they have a social zone there with a ps2 and a ping pong table and loads of those like PUZZLE CHAIRS.
You know the ones I mean? Some are purple, some are green, some are pink, some are shaped like a square, some like an L, some like a long bench shape and they all fit together. I hate their ability to make my head hurt.
But now desperately want them. We're trying to get some kind of common room next year, so maybe a ps2 might be a goer...