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Comment: Re:One bogus comparison (Score 2) 121 121

You do know that the only difference between firing a non-union worker and a union worker is that the union worker has to be fired for a reason that management can document, right? A non-union worker can be fired on the spot for no reason whatsoever. A union worker has the right to progressive discipline up to and including termination.

Stop spreading the lie that union workers can't be fired. They can, it's just harder for management to do so, because they have to have an actual valid REASON (shock horror why do they hate America).

Comment: Re:Profit over safety (Score 1) 121 121

Except for unexpected downtime a GM (does that mean 'general manager'?) has no influence at all on power production or sales and hence his salary is in no way related to the power production of 'his' plant.

Yes, nobody ever has their bonus determined by things that they have no control over. No company ever deliberately structures their bonus program in a way that minimizes them by making the conditions for a full bonus impossible to achieve. They can still say "up to 10% bonus", because 1% is a valid value of "up to 10%".

Oh wait, no, lots of them do that.

Comment: Re:Intelligence is part of the problem (Score 1) 166 166

That sense of being stigmatized could just be another way your depression is expressing itself.

Getting fired isn't your depression manifesting itself. Go ahead, tell me with a straight face that a majority of employers out there wouldn't fire your ass if they found out you were in treatment for depression. They may not even have a choice in the matter; their liability insurer could require it.

Comment: Re:Unhealthy society. Not just in business or tech (Score 0) 166 166

Doctors telling employers that a worker is burned out and needs rest? Those employers actually listening? Employers required to pay sick leave? No mandatory unpaid overtime? Bosses giving a fuck about an employee's quality of life?

What are you, in ISIS? Here in 'murica you are your employer's bitch, and don't you forget it!

Comment: Re:Unhealthy society. Not just in business or tech (Score 1) 166 166

And I would not want to hire someone who looks like they will be a burnout in 5 years.

Of course you wouldn't. They obviously don't work hard enough. You want the folks that you can work into the ground in 6 months or so, then fire them for having human reactions to extreme overwork and burnout, and replace them with someone else who makes less money. Lather rinse repeat. Take a bath in all the money that you've made off of others' hard work and sacrifice. It's the American way.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 1) 131 131

Such as...

Seriously, even STEM graduates can't find jobs these days. Employers whine about a shortage of STEM workers, but it's demonstrably not true. Schools are putting out twice as many STEM grads as there are job openings. What the employers really want is cheap foreign workers, or to pay STEM grads about half what they should get and make them do the work of four people.

No, the only degree with a "proven track record of job availability" is Time Travel Engineering, which allows you to get the 3 years' experience that you need these days for an entry-level, "new grad" job.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 1) 131 131

Of course it's the employers' fault, that I think goes without saying. But, until people stop needing jobs, they hold all the cards and can do pretty much whatever the fuck they want.

So, universities will continue to crank out students that aren't employable, and employers will be able to whine about no qualified graduates.

Harvard is a bad example IMHO. When you get a degree from Harvard, it's not the diploma or the education that matter, it's the network. It's the brand. Put "Harvard" on your resume and not a lot else matters.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 2) 131 131

Traditional schools have the problem that they still think employers want workers who are well grounded in theory. Current employers want cogs that can be shoved into an organization and start making them money immediately; there's no room for the big picture. What employers want is fresh graduates with 3 years' experience that they can't get while they're in school; at the very least they need practical, marketable skills. Going to college and getting a bachelors' degree used to be about getting educated. Now it's about keeping employers from shitcanning your resume immediately because you don't have a degree. At least the for-profits talked about job placement rates (even though they were pretty much making them up). Try finding out what your state university's graduate job placement rate is. And then ask if they count Starbucks as getting a job.

When I was a senior I went to our "career center". I got handed a newspaper with job listings (yes I'm old) and told "Yeah the job market sucks, sorry." Not a single fuck given, they had my money already.

The first myth of management is that it exists. The second myth of management is that success equals skill. -- Robert Heller