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redman88 03-22-2013 06:36 PM

work schedule
sorry i need to rant and rave for a bit before my head explodes.

so i work in the oil field, 24/7 almost 365, industry. so we are just getting ready to start a new 5 and 2 work week, from a 6 and 3. As in 5 days worked and 2 off. now since the work involves field work with a crew. some time we have to do "12" hour shifts, actually 16'ish hours due to travel. so i set to work a night shift on the 11th. so i will go out on the 11th to be on sight at 11pm, have to pick up my truck at the yard about 9pm, and drive to site. my relief will be on site at 11am on the 12th. then on the 14th i have to be on a day shift at 11am. Yeah..... i am realy starting to hate this company. Any one else work stupid like this?

creeper 03-22-2013 06:40 PM

Sucks but be proud of yourself for doing whatever it takes to keep the kids fed

redman88 03-22-2013 06:41 PM

there is proud and there is falling asleep at the wheel and driving into a speeding simi........ no black box going to help you there.

harrymontana 03-23-2013 07:59 AM

you work in the oil field, is there also economic problems? I thought oil industry is always doing good, now after Hugo Chaves died, prices went up?

sam floor 03-23-2013 09:39 AM

It may be hard, but many people would just love to have a job.

ddawg16 03-23-2013 10:07 AM

Redman....I really doubt your going to find much sympathy here......chances are your making a lot more money than a lot of the members here.

Most of the time when I'm traveling and working at a job site, I'll work 12-16 hour days without a day off for 2-3 weeks. And when I get off work, it's back to the hotel for 1-2 more hours of work doing paperwork and answering emails.....and I'm salaried.....OT does not exist.

Of course, you have the option of quitting your job and depending on Obama to take care of you.

RWolff 03-25-2013 10:40 PM


Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1143723)
Redman....I really doubt your going to find much sympathy here......chances are your making a lot more money than a lot of the members here.

I would guess that is probably about right, long hours suck, but try working in fast food! I worked for a national pizza chain years ago, 5 days and "on call" was normal, and of course you were ALWAYS required to work Fri, Sat and Sun eve/night, and all holidays.

The restaurant I worked in was a delivery/take out unit only, and at times it got real busy. They would issue you a pager when you were there, and if 15 minutes went by with no calls, you were taken off the clock and had the pager, you could go where you wanted to, even home, but you had to remain in uniform and if they paged you, you had to be back at the store within 8 minutes which pretty much eliminated going anywhere further than a couple of blocks away.

After you delivered the order, if there was none waiting to be delivered you went back off the clock on the pager again, see how that works? you were tied up there from about 10 AM to midnight or even later, yet only getting actually paid for a max of 35 hours a week. Once you got near 40 hours, no matter how busy they were you got sent home, and they would actually call another employee at home and have them come in even if it was their normal day off!
The idea was, they got you tied up for 12-14 hours at a stretch with no official breaks or lunch time, plus being on call, and you would never get overtime, and if you were in danger of getting too close to 40 hours they would drag in some other sap to work on his day off so they didn't have to pay another $1.75 in overtime per hour.

see how nicely that worked out for them?
No benefits, minimum wage.

I remember one night I had been hustling from 10 AM that morning and now it was after midnight and close to 1 AM and I hadn't stopped once all day even for a break, I was so dead tired, I walked in the door anticipating going HOME and there was ANOTHER freaking order waiting to be delivered!
I told the shift manager NO WAY!!! that was it, I said I was so tired I was nodding off while driving.
What else... how about getting the whole place all cleaned, dishes all washed and stored, make table broke down and everything in the walk-in, ovens shut down, 2 minutes till official closing time, and the freaking phone rings...

"Hi, I need a pizza delivered"

"sorry sir, we are closed"

"no way man!! my clock says you are open for 2 more minutes and I want a delivery!"

Sigh... so you have to fire the oven back up, get all the make table back out again etc etc, and of course the delivery would ALWAYS be at the very edge of the delivery area circumference- a 5 mile drive there and 5 miles back, no tip, have to put all the stuff away etc etc and finally walk out 45 minutes later than you would have.

MissKat 03-26-2013 01:03 AM

I'm a stay at home mom. I never stop working and "vacations" are even more work. Wouldn't trade it for anything though.

creeper 03-26-2013 05:18 AM

:Subject:Job Description

> > Job Description
> >
> > Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
> > Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop
> >
> >
> > Long term, team players needed, for challenging
> > permanent work in an
> > often chaotic environment.
> > Candidates must possess excellent communication
> > and organizational skills and be willing to work
> > variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends
> > and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
> > Some overnight travel required, including trips to
> > primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports
> >tournaments in far away cities!
> > Travel expenses not reimbursed.
> > Extensive courier duties also required.
> >
> >
> > The rest of your life.
> > Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily,
> > until someone needs $5.
> > Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
> > Also, must possess the physical stamina of a
> > pack mule
> > and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat
> > in case, this time, the screams from
> > the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
> > Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges,
> > such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets
> > and stuck zippers.
> > Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and
> > coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
> > Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings
> > for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
> > Must be willing to be indispensable one minute,
> > an embarrassment the next.
> > Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a
> > half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
> > Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
> > Must assume final, complete accountability for
> > the quality of the end product.
> > Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and
> > janitorial work throughout the facility.
> >
> >
> > None.
> > Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without
> >complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills,
> > so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you
> >
> >
> > None required unfortunately.
> > On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
> >
> >
> > Get this! You pay them!
> > Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
> > A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because
> > of the assumption that college will help them
> > become financially independent.
> > When you die, you give them whatever is left.
> > The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that
> > you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
> >
> >
> > While no health or dental insurance, no pension,
> > no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and
> > no stock options are offered;
> > this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth,
> >unconditional love,
> > and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.
> >
>> to anyone thinking of applying for the job.
> >

harrymontana 03-26-2013 08:29 AM

so why do people take children then? Must be something?

hyunelan2 03-26-2013 08:52 AM

I never understood the logic of rotating day/night shift schedules. I know its a very popular thing by the number of people that do it. Back when I did shift work, a decade ago, you were either days or nights. Shifts were 12 hours, but by the time you checked in and checked out and all that good stuff, it was more like 13 and I traditionally had to be in an extra hour early as low-man on the totem pole. Our 2 week "block" was:

work M,T
off W,Th
Work F,Sa,Su
off M,T
work W,Th
off F,Sa,Su.

The 3 day weekend every other week was nice, but you paid for it by not having the other weekend at all. I did like having a day or two off during the week to get things done when most people were at work. I'd try to volunteer for an overtime day or two when I could, but I hated the "B" shift supervisors so I didn't do as much as I could have.

rossfingal 03-26-2013 09:01 AM

"creeper" -
Sounds like an interesting job!
Glad you're doing it! :)

Spend 4 to 5 years -
No days off - no vacations
75 to 95 hours a week
(The most hours in a week were 132)
Made a lot of money, though!
Stressful, dangerous - on the road to "burn-out"!
I walked away!

A lot of us here have similar, "war-stories".
Happy Easter!


creeper 03-26-2013 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by harrymontana (Post 1146078)
so why do people take children then? Must be something?

When I took mine I tried to give them back, but there was a no return policy in effect.

ddawg16 03-26-2013 11:00 AM


Originally Posted by creeper (Post 1146174)
When I took mine I tried to give them back, but there was a no return policy in effect.

Not to mention no warranty......

harrymontana 03-26-2013 07:54 PM


Originally Posted by creeper (Post 1146174)
When I took mine I tried to give them back, but there was a no return policy in effect.

you tried to give them back? To whom? To a chinese restaurant maybe?

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