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Old 09-18-2003, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is this worth it?

I went to an interview as an isp tech support today and they're offering $8.

I have to travel 2.5 hours combined to reach this place(have to switch buses).

so, is this a good wage or what?
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Old 09-18-2003, 04:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on where you live. $20,000 in Minnesota is equal to about $40,000 in California when the standard of living is factored in.
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Old 09-18-2003, 04:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is $8, minus the fare for transportation, enough to make you forget the fact that you deal with stupid, blame-proof, repetitive customers?

I would say no.
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Old 09-18-2003, 05:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 09-18-2003, 05:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally posted by viveleroi0
Is $8, minus the fare for transportation, enough to make you forget the fact that you deal with stupid, blame-proof, repetitive customers?

I would say no.
transportation is free with my UT-ID.

and this is in austin.

i applied cuz the ad said it was $15/hr and $8 when training.

now, they are telling me that i have they start off @ 8 and u'll get raises as u go along.
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Old 09-18-2003, 06:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, to begin with, they were full of shit. $15 is fine, but $8 with small raises? No. Run, don't walk, away from them. Have you ever done phone tech support? It sucks major ass. I have to take a few calls everyday. But if it was my only duty, I would slit my wrists. Honestly, people are very stupid. And dealing with stupid people is no fun. They rarely listen to you, argue all the time, never call while they are in front of the equipment, etc. Telephone tech support is a small taste of hell.
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Old 09-18-2003, 06:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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First, tech support sucks. Especially telephone tech support. Second, they sound like they're full of it, changing wages like that. I'm with Wyodiver33: run away. Besides, that's a helluva long time to spend travelling to work and back.
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Old 09-19-2003, 05:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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No Way...I used to do tech support and it sucked MAJOR SCHLONG!!! You couldn't PAY me enough to do that crappy ass job again...

Imagine being the butt end of every quirky problem that a user can have, and now imagine that end-user now has someone to call to vent, that would be you...no thanks...not for me...

I can't count the number of id10t errors I had to put up with in a given day...
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Old 09-19-2003, 06:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
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IMHO, i'd jump at that chance. Why? Because it's experience... you don't have to do it forever. Do it for a semester. It will get your foot in the door, get you to meet people, give you some other skills.

While all your other friends who have their degrees and internship experience, you'll have PAID actual work experience. Goes alot futher than just internship in my book when I was hiring people.

I did tech support for many years... it's not for everyone. Depending on the type of tech support, you can meet other groups, divisions, and learn from them after hours. ie. Helpdesk to field support to LAN Team to Infrastructure. I've seen it happen.

good luck!
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Old 09-19-2003, 06:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree with Cynthetiq when it comes to getting some experience, but once that is out of the way, RUN!
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Old 09-19-2003, 07:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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<b>The_Dude</b>, - you're a college freshman in a (relatively) large city, with no education (yet) or marketable skills (yet). Add to that the fact that there's a potential employee base consisting of one of the largest universities in the country, and I'm surprised they're offering even that much.

It's called paying your dues. Nobody starts at the top. Hell - I made $8/hr my first year <i>after</i> college. And it wasn't <i>that</i> long ago.

The commute sucks, though.

Look at it this way - how much is MacDonalds paying these days?
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Old 09-19-2003, 01:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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