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Why do you like/dislike your job?


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  • Added on: December 4th, 2010
I've had some pretty crap jobs. Since returning from my first trip though, I was recently hired by Whole Foods! Seems a pretty good transition to go from farm worker to produce clerk. I've only been working for 2 weeks but here's my initial impression.

What I like
1. The pay is pretty good
2. Decent coworkers
3. Working with produce
4. Starting at 10am
5. 20% discount card

What I dislike
1. Paid every two weeks
2. Snooty, rude, and bourgie customers
3. 8 hours days even as a part-timer
4. Living far from the store
5. At the end of the day it's still a job that I have to routinely wake up for where I do the same things every day which is basically looking busy fixing the displays and stacking produce. There's not much else to do.
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  • Added on: December 7th, 2010
larizzle wrote:Ha! EXACTLY, exactly, exactly. But if you're grip/camera op, you can join a union, right? But then there's union dues, I suppose. I fully sympathize with the relocation aspect, hence why I've stayed put so far.

I dont do unions. I cant justify paying that much money at this point in my career when nothing guarantees will get more work. I have heard of another Florida grip who was strong-armed into joining the local union, but thats only because he had so much work and the union was feeling short changed. So I will wait until that happens to me... If I could be so lucky.

I guess the other thing I like about freelance video/photo work is that I can take a year off to take pretty pictures in Australia and when I come back I can say on my resume that I was "working on a photography project in Australia" I think it sounds better than saying I took a year off to find myself or something like that.

By the way, where you at, LA?
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  • Added on: December 8th, 2010
Interesting. I guess it depends what part of the country you're in and how often union jobs come through. For us, union shows come through two or three times a year, so I guess it's worth it to the crew to join.

travel droppings wrote:
By the way, where you at, LA?

I'm in Nashville. There's a surprising amount of work here, although a couple times a year I consider relocating to New Orleans.

Another perk to our job is the ability to write off entertainment-related things, and sometimes travel. 8-)


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