What Physical Things Do You Hate About Your Workplace?

Today while working, I realized the thing I hate the most physically about the office I work in is that it is always so cold, damp, and humid to the point that it's uncomfortable. I'm pretty sure everyone complains about it.

So I was just wondering what physical things do you guys hate most about your workplace - layout, location, floor number, temperature, etc?

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Jul 29, 2017
ReachThePeach:

Today while working, I realized the thing I hate the most about the office I work in is that it is always so cold to the point that it's uncomfortable. I'm pretty sure everyone complains about it, yet no one puts it to any normal temperature.

So I was just wondering what things do you guys hate most about your workplace? Does it effect your work ethic?

You must have a dream job if the temperature is your biggest complaint. Most people are complaining about, pay, asshole bosses, idiot coworkers, and the like. Not you, everything is phenomenal. Except it's 68 degrees instead of 72 degrees.

You know you can just have your assistant talk to someone in 'facilities' to have them adjust the temperature, right?

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Jul 29, 2017

I definitely could complain about those things 100%. Don't even get me started, my job is not phenomenal buddy. I was just talking about the physical aspects of your office. Obviously we all complain about those other things. For example, I have some friends who always complain about the layout of their office because they can never see outside, that's all I was getting at in this post. Sorry for the confusion, I'll edit that.

And to clarify I think its just permanently cold humid inside the office which I really don't like, doesn't have to do too much about temperature.

Jul 29, 2017

Idiots. Fucking idiots. That's what I hate.

Mediocrities deluded into thinking they are competent supported by further, more entrenched top down incompetent fools.

Lack of hot chicks.

Lack of ambition, but a ton of misplaced pride, ego and bullshit processes.

2nd tier females promoted to middle management, so the idiot upper management dudes don't feel threatened.

Lack of diversity.

Lack of real , visionary alpha males (me included although I am visionary).

Too many annoying German fucks that are process driven and yes fairly smart, but lack the ability to think outside of the Square.

Shit coffee.

Shit toilets.

Ugly women.

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Jul 29, 2017

Yeah because women's looks are the only thing they are good for. Throw the MS but I hope you reconsider what you say/think about the other 50% of the population. Most women don't consider male co-workers looks into the equation. I hope you consider a change in how you view women. Agree with some of the rest. Idiots- I hate the f'n idiots too.

Jul 29, 2017

No there are some very competent women out there. It's just that the idiot 'MEN" promote second tier females, because they feel unthreatened as a result.

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Jul 29, 2017

Women ogle men in the workplace as much as men ogle women.

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Aug 4, 2017

"Most women don't consider male co-workers looks into the equation"

First, your grammar is terrible.

Second, that's total bullshit. Everyone considers looks.

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Jul 29, 2017

The idiots are the worst part. Good God how I hate dealing with them. I worked on a team once where my highly intelligent boss, formerly an actuary, was promoted and some chick was given his role. She was promoted to Director.

This is not an affront to women, as I agree with the previous post in that women are about much more than looks. But this bitch was flat out incompetent. I had to try convincing her during a face to face meeting that a "model" is not an Excel file, it's a mathematical equation. We just "model things" in Excel. She wasn't buying it. Another time I had to explain to her why cutting links in our files and removing what she called "complicated" formulas was a bad idea. Again, she wasn't buying it, didn't want a single IF statement in our files, of which we had thousands, and with much more complex shit than a few IFs.

These are simple process issues. The conceptual stuff - regression, interpolation methods, simple payback period - all of that was beyond her completely. My guess is she was hired because our team was all dudes. Within six months we all left, and unsurprisingly she went on to hire a bunch of chicks and gay dudes.

Never, ever, in your life, work middle office. Avoid it with every fiber of your being. You still work 9-7, get paid less, and have to deal with idiots all day. I'd rather work back office. In the end, partly because of this experience, I left finance altogether.

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Jul 29, 2017

Thanks for clarifying. I can assure you that it's not a gender thing that made her an idiot. I am very competent and talented and would lose my shit if I had to deal with that level of stupidity. I've seen it out there- BO colleagues mostly- like talking to an f'n wall I didn't even know how far back I'd have to go (maybe 1+1=2) to explain a simple concept like present value and/or how net income and distributions flow through retained earnings. Maddening.

Jul 30, 2017
Kassad:

Never, ever, in your life, work middle office. Avoid it with every fiber of your being. You still work 9-7, get paid less, and have to deal with idiots all day. I'd rather work back office. In the end, partly because of this experience, I left finance altogether.

Isn't risk management in the MO??

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Jul 30, 2017

Coffees for closers pal]

EDIT: WHY DID I GET MONKEY SHITTED 3 TIMES

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Aug 1, 2017

let me guess...you work for Deutsche?

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Jul 29, 2017

Lol.

Jul 29, 2017

I hate how my desk is too low- I'm not tall at all and like to sit properly- practically impossible to sit up straight with my legs under the desk- FYI I'm only 5'3!

Aug 4, 2017

I'm assuming your gender over here.

Jul 29, 2017

You're making a pretty safe assumption.

Jul 29, 2017

The fact that physical offices are necessary at all is a pretty huge pet peeve of mine. The temperature is always wrong. Someone always takes a shit the size of a late summer typhoon right after lunch, making the bathroom a nuclear cleanup site until around 2pm. The coffee is fucking garbage. You have to breathe that shitty "inside AC air" since the windows don't open. The windows don't open. Idiots everywhere. Weird exchanges where you don't know if someone is busy or just doesn't want to talk with anyone. Having to act like you're cool with people you want to toss off a cliff. The list goes on.

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Jul 30, 2017

What is your current job? Computer programming?

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Jul 31, 2017

You have windows? I wish I had windows...

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Aug 4, 2017

Here here.

Aug 4, 2017
Kassad:

Someone always takes a shit the size of a late summer typhoon right after lunch, making the bathroom a nuclear cleanup site until around 2pm.

It's called a courtesy flush...and you can do more than one. First flush right after the goods have been delivered, second if the smell is bad and you have used some paper. Third flush to end it all.

Aug 4, 2017

So so true,

Aug 4, 2017

We should get sliding doors for cubicles. Mine would be closed 24/7.

speed boost blaze

Aug 4, 2017

I hate them. I started on a small desk at the end of an empty hall, then had my own tiny office in the middle of nowhere, then got moved 'up' to an open area. And I hate it.

The open floor is good for certain things, maybe trading or if the group is large, or if you want to reinforce that everyone in that area is a slave. I have no need to talk to the other people in my vicinity and function mostly independantly....which is why I used to like my job even though the work is dull. Hell, I've offered to have a few buddies from the carpenter union build a gorgeous partition, and I'd pick up the tab. They said no, because obviously it matters that I hear every goddamn hormonal woman bitch about the loser she's dating, every lame VP argue with their mom on the phone (it's so pathetic), and get every fucking germ these morons bring through here. It's just one constant interruption and the most disruptive people now think it's their job to set a tone of constant twit drama and noise. I was never particularly passionate about my job and now I have a raging fucking psychotic hatred of this place and am looking for something, anything else just to get the hell out of here.

....so this may be a good thing given it's pushing me to look for better

Aug 4, 2017

Are we talking trading floor open floor or cubicle open floor? Drastic differences in privacy, disturbance, etc.

Aug 4, 2017
yeahright:

Are we talking trading floor open floor or cubicle open floor? Drastic differences in privacy, disturbance, etc.

Was wondering same thing. I would hate a trading floor environment- sitting across from/next to your MD all of that. Our CM floors work like that, though I think they in general seem to have less 'down-time' so the idea of being caught surfing the web is a little bit less of a concern as is general privacy issues. Cubicle open floor can still be frustrating, though TBH it completely depends on how you are positioned and where your screen faces.

Aug 4, 2017

I am probably one of the biggest haters of open office layouts. I work in a small firm with completely open floors. I'm talking those long meeting tables laid out end to end, and everyone sits at the huge row of tables next to each other. Biggest gripes include:

1) Not knowing where my space ends and another person's begins. Since we don't have cubicle-esque walls, people's stuff literally spills into my space. I've seen people "borrow" my office supplies before and then it disappears entirely.

2) Phone calls. How the fuck do I take phone calls when everyone around me is also chatting or talking on the phone or playing music?!

3) Everyone wants to talk to you. All the time. I could be having a conversation with my boss and someone will jump in because they happen to sit between us.

4) I was sick with a cold earlier this year. Really wish that I had private space because I felt really bad having to cough and sneeze all the time. To top that, I wasn't allowed to use sick days because "I had been sick way too much", so instead I got half of the office sick with my germs. Eat that, suckers.

So many people gripe about floors of cubicles, but honestly, give me those any day. Not the half-wall cubicles that you can see over when you're seated. I mean high-wall cubicles. God, I would love that so much. To have my own desk space, my own drawers, my own walls...

#dreamingofcubiclenation

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

Aug 4, 2017

But really, what's the solution to this? Give offices to every one, from the lowly entry-level employee to the CEO? I mean, I know I personally wouldn't mind working out of a glorified closet so long as I get sound privacy, but I don't expect 1) low-level employees to enjoy the cramped space, and 2) operations/administrative to agree to give everyone decently-sized offices.

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

Aug 4, 2017

lol when I was interviewing, Macquarie told me one of their 'pros' was that they have a trading floor setup with everyone sitting at open desks.

they meant it as a 'we appreciate you here and are invested in you' type of thing, but that auto-dinged them for me. knew i would never want to work for them. would never want to have an MD staring at my computer screen the entire workday.

Jul 29, 2017

A FoF I worked at some time ago had a really cozy cubicle setup. Real fancy stuff with expensive wood finishes and all little plants all over that someone got paid to come in and pour water into. It was truly a great place to work at.

Then in 2008 they moved to another floor and switched to an open layout, with some bare-looking white paint all over everything. They said it was "modern," but it was the most depressing place to be in the winter.

Aug 4, 2017

I don't have a problem with big open work areas. In fact I prefer the buzz of background noise to an eerie silence.

The only exception is that if I had a job that required making lots of phone calls I would prefer a quieter environment to avoid distracting the other person. However, as long as the people working near me are not involved in vulgar conversation, this is not overly important.

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Aug 4, 2017
boredviewer:

They should make the CEO sit right in the middle instead of giving him his own office.

I that happened it would probably be a Panopticon.

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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Aug 4, 2017

The philosophy minor in me couldn't help but SB the Bentham / Fouccault reference. Well played, sir.

Aug 4, 2017

I only like our open floor office, because it's just me and the senior people and we have a lot of fun, and drink more often than not.

Aug 4, 2017

I am used to it. actually hate cubicles

Aug 4, 2017

I would hate it....I need the wall up to go on fifa or espn for 5 minutes...or just to blank out now and then

Aug 4, 2017

Depends on the workplace. If your coworkers are a bunch of folks that you get along well with and enjoy talking to, then open floor is great because it creates a very fun social atmosphere. If that is not the case however, then open floor is a few hairs shy of torture.

Aug 4, 2017

Going Concern is on point. I went from a cubicle at my old job to an open floor and enjoy it only because of the folks I work with. Taking phone calls is a minor inconvenience at times due to the excess background noise, but I'm learning to get used to it.

Aug 4, 2017

Can't care less about the workplace. Open floor or closed cubicle are fine to me.

Aug 4, 2017

Open office is fine if your on a desk with a few people in your age, same interests etc.. But seriously, no one wants to listen to everyone, I don't want to hear about how you can't lose weight but dump 5 creamers & 4 sugar packets in your coffee. I don't want to smell your breakfast, lunch, & dinner you bring in everyday. I don't want to hear your damn disgusting chewing when you eat your gross food. God I hate open office.

Aug 4, 2017

Bose QC20i headphones = best $300 ever spent to cope with the open floor plan.

Aug 4, 2017

Having worked on a trading floor for my entire professional career. I would hate to have to work in cubicle. I make fun of all my friends who have work in one.

Aug 4, 2017

Tough call. Ive developed a closer relationship with VP and other seniors because of the accessibility, which is a positive. On the other hand, all the aforementioned negatives are definitely on point.

Aug 4, 2017

I'm a cubicle guy. For those that work on the floors, are you able to even surf the net or is that a big issue if you are caught? The nice thing about cubicles is that you can have privacy in working and can also do things like browse WSO. I would just have a hard time pulling up a browser to check email or surf since it would look incredibly bad.

Aug 4, 2017

JP Lemann has been doing it since the 70s. He started with a small bank in Brasil and now owns Burger King, AB Inbev and Heinz. In his companies EVERYBODY works in an open office. Even the CEO.

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Jul 30, 2017

I don't enjoy sitting all day (we don't have adjustable desks where we can stand) and I don't like the absence of natural light... I sit in a corner where there is only artificial light and no natural light / access to windows.

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Jul 30, 2017

2nd. Sitting and lack of physical activity throughout the day. Wish our building had healthier food snacks available.

Jul 30, 2017

[quote="ReachThePeach"]
Today while working, I realized the thing I hate the most physically about the office I work in is that it is always so cold, damp, and humid to the point that it's uncomfortable

Do you work in a jail?

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Aug 4, 2017

still trying to understand what cold and humid feels like

Aug 4, 2017

think a cave.

Jul 31, 2017

elevators that drop
call me picky, but I prefer a workplace that isn't actively trying to kill me

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Jul 31, 2017

No natural light.

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Aug 1, 2017
MonopolyMoney:

No natural light.

You prefer Natty Light? Just bring a case to work one day.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 31, 2017

My main gripe is that I am pretty much the stapler guy from Office Space...

Before MBA - beautiful window office overlooking a hip neighborhood in tech hub.

After MBA - two years in a cubicle, followed by three years in dogshit internal office with no hope of ever seeing natural light. The office environment has been a strict trade down for the low low price of $160k in student loans. The good news is I am only about 8 down the list to get a window office, which represents about six more years given normal turnover.

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Jul 31, 2017

Back in consulting days we would get shafted into a windowless closet somewhere all the time. Some clients took 1+ month to get us badges so it would be annoying to get a drink of water or go to the bathroom.

But since moving to Google, my biggest complaint is probably that there should be more controllers in the games room for Mariokart and Smash, and that the gym could use more squat racks. Otherwise pretty solid workplace.

Aug 1, 2017

Sitting all day. My office can get warm as well. And my desk is low. So basically, life is fine.

Aug 1, 2017

Just go get a script for a standing desk. Makes my shit more bearable

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

Aug 1, 2017

I hate that our receptionist's ass is not physically larger

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Aug 1, 2017
ReachThePeach:

Today while working, I realized the thing I hate the most physically about the office I work in is that it is always so cold,

My building is cold too. I don't really mind it, others complain.

I also drink 10 cups of tea per day. Drink a hot beverage.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 1, 2017

but do you have a work french press? i have a work french press and assortment of loose leaf teas as well as turmeric

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

Aug 1, 2017

curious about loose leaf and turmeric in french press, isnt turmeric too powdery?

Aug 1, 2017
GoldenCinderblock:

but do you have a work french press? i have a work french press and assortment of loose leaf teas as well as turmeric

I have a water boiler in my office.

I have been drinking mate lately (Guayaki Yerba Mate).

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 1, 2017

having to physically be in it

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Aug 1, 2017

My Boss

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Aug 1, 2017

For those complaining about being cold... what kind of shit firms do you work for? Fleece vests are free.

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heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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