The Flyz's Blog

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I'm available again... for the job market

So I'm looking for a job again, after a 3-weeks stint at The Factory. The Factory was probably the worst working condition I ever had, but this time, I didn't want to leave, I was asked to do so.

The first few weeks I was there was terrible, being stranded in an environment I have absolutely no familiarity with, nor interest in. But come the 3rd week, I was transferred to another department, and is assigned a task that is my passion; events. I paid my 100% attention and effort in creating a working proposal for an event in just 3 days, and I was given the big thank you on the 4th day.

I'm not very sure about the conditions nor the reasons of my termination. It mentioned non-performing on my thank you letter, but after I asked the managers of the various departments I was attached to in the first 2 weeks, most of them don't have any problems with me. I said most of them because I know there is one particular department where I was slacking the most and I think that might be the reason of it all. But don't my contributions in the other departments count for anything at all? How can my actions in a department that I know I would never join affect the attention and effort I given to the departments I know I might be placed in?

That's the problem working in a small chinaman company, you can do a thousand things that benefitted the company, but a small mistake is enough a reason for them to boot you out of the company. The other problem is that most chinaman companies don't bother to look at your paper qualifications at all, and at times, even your years of experience don't matter to them. They just want to see the results and the monies that comes into the company.

The Factory's boss is pretty much a chinaman, despite his inability to speak a single word in chinese. He's the type of boss who believe in punchcards, motivational talks and discipline. He'll go around the office and stop at random areas and starts to lecture the poor soul about the importance of planning, or instructing them the proper ways to mind-map their ideas. One thing he never really understand is the relationship between an employer and an employee. Nobody wants to hear a motivational talk when the deadline is just around the corner, nor want to learn the proper way to mind-map when work is stacked up to their brain. The boss thnks by going around the office and motivating them is a good way to build up a good relationship, not what he didn't know is that he's more an annoyance than anything else.

And what the fuck is this about ISO 900352375127537812? What the fuck does a fucking organization in Switzerland know about the workings of a factory in Malaysia? ISO requires certain things to be done with the -proper- way, and expects that everybody to obeys it. There is a situation where one of the factory worker in The Factory is caught hauling a load of trash to the trash area with a forklift and is lectured by the boss about proper ways to do it. Apparently the proper way is to carry the trash by hand and placed the bag gently into the trash area as not to damage any fragile content in the bag, and if too heavy, use a trolley. Gently as not to damage the fragile content in the bag? Who gives a flying fuck whether the trash are damaged? It won't be trash if it's not damaged is it? And to carry the trash by hand one by one? If there are 10 fucking bags, it means he'll need to repeat the task 10 fucking times right? Wouldn't it be so much easier if he can just fucking throw all 10 bags onto a pallet and forklift ALL of them to the trash area at one time? I think all ISO did was to stress the employees to do certain things the proper way, even sometimes the proper ways doesn't really mean the fastest nor the most efficient.

Nonetheless, I did learned alot at The Factory, the goods and the bads. Met alot of people I can take example from, heard alot of good advices about working, living and about life in general. Most I can really think into it and leard from, and of course there are the bad things of working that unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way.

Before this, I was: Sending out resumes
Currently listening to: Pete Teo - Alive 'N Free
Currently feeling: Bored, sleepy, frustrated

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Me-me, schme-me of 5

Amazingly, I'm able to type this shit...

Anyway, Joe tagged me for a me-me, so me shall atempt this me-me..

1. Post 5-weird/random stuff about yourself.

2. At the end, list the names of 5 people whom you want next to do this, and leave a comment "YOU ARE TAGGED!" in their blog and tell them to read your blog for rules.

5 Weird Things About me:

1. I can sleep at 4am and wake up at 7am feeling perfectly fine the next morning. I might find it extremely hard to wake up, but once I awake, I'm perfectly well and fit, and I can do this few days in a row.

2. I can eat the amount equivalent to a small country. Contact Joe to verify...

3. I like to travel... weirdly. Ever tried walking from Taylor's College to Puchong at 2am in the morning? Ever tried taking the LRT from one end to the other and back again? Ever tried walking from KLCC to Bukit Bintang and back again for no reason at all? Ever tried wandering around Bukit Bintang at 4am in the morning? Ever tried driving all the way to Ipoh just to drink the 'original' white coffee and back again? Don't ask...

4. I think playing a game that have absolutely no graphics, no sounds and is all words is fun. Contact David to verify...

5. I dress weird. But then again, jeans + wallet chain + skate shoes + executive shirt + tie wasn't THAT weird is it?

5 person I tag:
1. David (I doubt he'll do it)
2. Bok (She no blog)
3. You
4. You
5. You (Yeah, I know, this is sad, but no one bothers to read my blog anyway)

Before this, I was: Trying to get myself drunk... without success
Currently listening to: Azmyl Yunor - Bone Dry
Currnetly feeling: Whee! Burp! Whee! Zzz

in-between jobs

As of today, I'm officially 'in-between jobs'.

I don't type well after downing several glasses of Jack Daniels, so I won't...


Thursday, January 19, 2006

It wasn't too bad after all

Can't believe its been almost 3 weeks into the new year already. Time flies, especially when you are stumbling along in a daze.

This also means its been 3 weeks into my new job at The Factory. The first 2 weeks there was bad, it was terrible. This week I'm re-assigned to the sales department, which I expected to be just as bad as every other department I've been. But few days into the new department, I'm seeing The Factory in a whole new light, this place wasn't too bad after all.

Probably the fact that I'm doing something I enjoy helps, I'm currently assigned to work out a proposal for a promotion event for one of our product. It's going to be nationwide and it's going to be huge, and it's mine. I've always enjoyed the event management field, and the chance to plan an entire campaign of my own really was an unusual experience.

Most of the things looked not bad at the moment, maybe except the fact that I still don't own my own desk, nor chair, nor computer, not even a pencil! I do own a piece of diskette now though; Verbatim you know? Don't play play... Damned sad

Anyway, its still too early for me to judge the place as a whole, maybe a few months down the road, I'll be looking for a job again.

Before this, I was: Sleeping, while the TV watch me, I mean watching TV
Currently listening to: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child 'O Mine
Currnetly feeling: Tired, sleepy, bored

Monday, January 09, 2006

Work Sucks!

This is such a long delayed post, eversince the new year, I've been working my ass off 7 days a week and almost every night, I'm too dead tired to do anything. I sometimes can't even be bothered to have my dinner, much less blog. Waking up at 7 is definietly not me.

Since last Tuesday, I started my new job at this company in USJ, which is pretty much a factory. I shall not reveal the nature of the factory's products because its too small a market to be anonymous. Anyway, I'm placed as a management trainee, which basically got me circulating to different departments in the factory, namely warehouse, R&D, production and ultimately sales. My first assigned department is the warehouse department, which pretty sees me working a store-keeper's job; taking product inventory; preparing stock management cards and pretty much every other general works available in a warehouse.

I've worked a total of 4 days since Tuesday and already I'm seeking a new job. The factory is pretty much all it is; a fucking factory. Everybody have to punch in their card before going into the factory, the work-start time, lunch-time and going-back time is signaled by an air raid siren sound-alike. Where everybody in the factory pretty much lines up at the guardhouse, each holding his punch card taking turns to punch out to go for lunch, and repeat the exact process to come in in the morning, come back from lunch and going home at 5.30. Working environment is downright bullshit, there's no air-conditioning (It's a bloody factory!), the fans are in-adequate, it's loud (Defeaning!), everywhere is dirty and the entire place has a perculiar chemical smell.

All those are the negative points of the factory, but the main reason that is urging me to get the hell out of the place is the nature of the job itself. Everything is too systematic, everything has a schedule and a program. There's absolutely no room for expansion, no area for creativity and definitely no freedom at all. It's like a fucking assembly line, everything must be done in a certain order, being creative would probably result in a disaster. In another word, the place is deadpan, it's interupting my creative process, which is pretty much the core of my work interest, I might not be so much of a creative person, but at least some of the jobs I did involves certain degree of creativity to do something.

Another reason that is considered as an excuse to leave the factory is that it does not recognize my academic qualification. What I'm doing now can be done by almost anybody, and as far as I've seen the other departments in the factory, anybody can do anybody's job, probably some training required, but definitely not a degree. I met one of the salesperson which has a Master in Applied Chemistry and is working the same amount of shit and earning the same amount of peanut as the salesperson with a diploma in IT. if I knew I'm to work in this company in the first place, why would I bother to waste several years of my life pursuing a fucking degree and yet end up in this fucking factory that I could have joined straight out of form 5. Hell! They don't even need to hire a Malaysian, they can get any fucking Bangla or Indon to do the same shit as the fella with a Master in Applied Chemistry!

Before this, I was: Doing my weekly report on the promo job
Currently listening to: No Doubt - Running
Currently feeling: Tired, frustrated, pissed, fuck you!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year

Yeah... it's few days away, but I'm only free now...
Well actually, not really, I've got to:

1. Sleep early; first day of work tomorrow
2. Eat; fucking hungry now
3. Prepare some shit for tomorrow
4. Make a certain phone call

Got donkey load's of stuff to post, half of it is drafted, but ain't got the time to post... 'till then.