Don’t Call My Job a Calling

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I had calling when I worked in the oil & gas industry. “Wouldn’t it be great if I could play mid-week golf and finish 18 holes in 2-1/2 hours.”


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You’re lucky as Hell if your job is your calling. You’re in Hell if all your job does for you is pay the bills.

The Captain


It is great. We do it all the time.


Somehow, I never had a great passion for shuffling paper and being verbally abused all day, but that is what I got,…and required to work off the clock, not allowed to use “earned” vacation time.

Steve…retired, and glad of it


Management abuse of management was what I saw, so I stayed, refused attempts at promotions a few times, in fact finally just told my 3rd level, the same thing, I’m sure he was disappointed, but at least he didn’t try again…When we compared my 1st level’s hours spent vs pay, it works out that all my OT (paid), travel expenses, that the difference was so minor, it just wasn’t worth the additional stress, besides having to relocate, etc… Maybe a bit more in pensions, but in the end, upper management still screwed over lower level management, cancelled spousal benefits, death benefits…

Much better to play with the newest tech, make stuff work, and take all of my earned vacation time!

(Yes, WeCo/LU Installation was a Unionized group, Contracts, rules, etc… One manager admitted his contract was ‘written on the wind’, subject to the whims of creeps up top, near the end of LU.)


Welcome to the world of “at will” employment.


Well, even in my pre-WeCo days, I worked in a sheet metal shop, and altho we were ‘represented’ by I.A. of M. we were always mindful, and feared our shop foreman, as it turned out, he was rough n gruff, but a good guy behind it, and like many, did care about ‘his’ people… But the whims of business, too many layoffs, marriage, I had to move along…

Problem at WeCo at times was they’d promote on technical abilities, not people management skills, the world is political, really, how one gets along with workmates, bosses, helpers, and so many never understood how much management knew about their shenanigans… While we weren’t ‘at will’, there was always transfers to timbuctoo, or nasty areas, so prices were paid at times… Alcohol led some managers into troubles, too…

Around 40 years it was time to leave, looking back way more good times, good people, customers, places, and when I left in 2002, they (LU) seemed to be survivors, however my 3 levels of managers had left, so when an Offer came along, I couldn’t resist… Time to go… Leave Fiorina, McGinn behind…