I spent a few months temping while between jobs.
Some of them were quite fun, others not so!
2 weeks in a mustard factory was pretty crap
a few days as a hospital car park attendant was remarkably OK!
sorting mail for a day was fine
assembling electrical equipment was quite fun, although I’m sure there should have been more training and testing!
Cheers, RichPosted 6 years agodon simonMember
I’ve worked in a few factories some of which were quite good fun, but the worst was a badly lit, hot depressing place cleaning up the moulds of video recorder fronts. On the second hour I asked for a break and didn’t get it, on the third hour I asked for a break and didn’t get it, on the fourth, the fifth, the sixth and the seventh until at nearly eight hours into a twelve hour shift I got a 10min break.Posted 6 years ago
Less than a full shift I lasted and I’m sure the quality of my workmanship wasn’t very high. Twunts!
As I said, I’ve worked in various factories and some of them have been a joy, so I know it doesn’t have to be crappy. Crappy is what the management make it, and they do reap what they sow.LoCoMember
Dog kennel cleaning at 14, the waste pit in the height of summer was something I never want to have to experience again, made Glastonbury toilets seem positivly pleasant.
Straight out of Uni fo 6 months, looked after the scooters for all the Pizza hut stores in S.W and S.E London, having to fix knackered vehicles in the middle of winter in alleyways stinking of bins and fox p’@@, good money crap hours and stressful, offered out by a couple of managers who couldn’t get their head round why I wouldn’t fix the dangerous scooters.Posted 6 years agovalleydaddySubscriber
I used to operate the machine that sucked the crap out of canal boats – a weeks worth of muck and boy does it buzz. balancing down the side of a boat trying to get the pipe in the right place often ended up in the canal wet and stinking. Money was good though 😀
plus used to be able to take the barges up and down the canal to turn them around to face the right way for the next punters always tried the make the cleaners inside seasick 😆Posted 6 years agotrail_ratMember
spent a summer digging an 8ft deep trench under a lime tree by hand with a pick axe and spade looking for water near an old pumping station in the middle of bumblefuck …..
rich man with a 7 acre garden didnt want a digger brought over his garden so paid me 300 quid a week to dig for 8 hours a day for 4 weeks
i found it – his man made lake (a dirty cesspit with about 3 inches of water previous was 3 foot deep after i found the well !
also delivered leaflets – that was a shit job … 1000 leaflets for 50 quid … never again !
i enjoyed delivering papers though !
drifting pipes a pretty shit job but unfortunantly its an incredibly small part of my job
spent a week working in an inspection department measuring shit – that was a shit job !Posted 6 years agokonaboy2275Member
Sticking labels on packs of toilet rolls in a factory as they went past on a conveyor, welding exhausts in a factory that supplied KwikSh!t, about 90 per hour. Worked in a tea bag factory tearing open boxes of seconds and emptying the the contents out, 12 hour shifts for 2 weeks.Posted 6 years agotangMember
Quality control for the little pots of milk with foil lids. 12hr shift in a fridge hand squeezing each one. about every 3/4hr one would explode in your face. soul destroying but paid for a very good trip!Posted 6 years ago
On the bins for a summer, horrible horrible job, 10hrs of running and throwing bags, dripping in all kinds of filth. Met some fantastic characters who despite their corse exterior were sound good people. My binmen get something nice for xmas every year!BruceWeeMember
Worked in a lottery ticket kiosk for a summer. It mostly involved explaining to the scum of the earth why their four numbers were only worth £11.59 that week.
The only job I had that was more depressing was working in a sweetie warehouse. Sounds a lot less shit than it actually was.Posted 6 years agoMSPSubscriber
Refurbishing cooling towers, was dirty and dangerous.
Working in a CD packing factory, usually just putting the CD’s and booklets into the cases by hand because it was cheaper to use students than invest in machinery.
But they were both student jobs, its working in IT for the past 10 years, no security, no training, minimal rewards and seeing my own obsolescence at some point in the future that’s destroying my soul far more.Posted 6 years agorichcMember
Granulating plastic offcuts and extrusions in an injection mould factory, 40 degree+ heat, in a tiny pod feeding plastic off cuts that would slice through the protective gloves into a granulator that would deafen you through ear plugs, with ear defenders on top.
It was OK though as you got regular breaks, when you started to pass out with the heat, and then you could cough up the plastic dust, that would shred your throat and give you chronic nosebleeds.
Still not the worst job I’ve heard of, a mate worked at a battery chicken farm rotating the chickens between the shed/cages. I believe he set the record for longest person to stick with the job as well, at 10 days. Apparently the smell, and state of the animals **** with your head, like nothing else.Posted 6 years agosobrietyMember
Data entry of the experience forms that people fill out on their flight back from the costas, was pretty fun, especially when you got a plane load of 18-30s customers to input.
Assistant to a QS on the M25 contract, paid well, and taught me a lot about how business actually works, as I ended up helping out with adjudication of contract disputes.
Head counter in a college, easy money and lots of hot college students.
Checking passports for the home office, in an office with no windows that would regularly get to over 40C at the desks, which were surrounded by UV lamps/scanners/PCs/Laser printers, was happy to get out of there to my first proper graduate job after 9 months.Posted 6 years agobjj.andy.wMember
Worked on a building site as a labourer for six months during winter when I was eighteen. The site was right on the edge of the duddon estuary in Cumbria. To say that it was cold would be an understatement. One of the worst memories was one day when there was rain, sleet and hailstones. All the brickies ( who were treated like gods) had gone home having been rained off. I ( stupidly) thought i might be able to do the same.”right lads i’ve got a nice little job for you to do”. We then had to dig out a trench using only a pick and shovel that took me and another led all day to do when there was a jcb that could of done it in half an hour. When I asked about using the jcb the gaffer told us:” oh no, can’t do that, that would mean you’d have nothing else to do for the rest of the day”. The pay? £2 an hour (in 1992). Didn’t last much longer after that.Posted 6 years agoTPTcruiserSubscriber
Clearing soil from briar root stock for rose buds to be grafted on to them. I got a good tan, on my back. Wrists looked like I was self harming. The radio on my belt loop with Test Match Special kept me sane, when there was a Test. Insane the rest of the time listening to R1.Posted 6 years agoMrK mkIIMember
i had a ‘literally’ shit job two years ago where i had to go to a sewage treatment works in glasgow everyday and take samples. my boots actually went mouldy and started rotting. i had to drive around glasgow taking air samples at the same time, and i broke the clutch cable AND the throttle cable in a week on my car. but despite that, it was kind of enjoyable…Posted 6 years agoHobsterSubscriber
Working in a cold store was surprisingly alright although having to unload pallets containing the frozen ingredients for pet food was an eye opener.
Worst has to be working in the factory making supermarket sandwiches. Being a student I wasn’t suitable to do anything apart from sorting through trays of sliced tomatoes picking out the end bits.Posted 6 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
So, what have you done? You know, the sort of job you did at school/uni to make ends meet, get enough beer tokens to buy stuff you wanted/needed.
Some of mine;
Built tennis courts – back breaking, but I got a great tan!
Made office screen partitions – Soul destroying
junkmailimportant information in to envelopes – Duller than beige
So, what else have y’all done?Posted 6 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Worst ever was working a supermarket at age 15. Actually no, perhaps deliverying papers when I was 14. I had to do 314 papers for 2p each, it took me two entire evenings – come home from school, eat, then work until 9.30pm, for just over six quid. Ridiculous. Didn’t do it for long mind.
Also, working a hop picking plant was pretty bad – I had to stand on a gantry and watch hops going underneath me and press a button if it got tangled up. On nights too.Posted 6 years agoMrs ToastMember
Worked in retail when I was at uni. Tesco was fairly bad (decent pay but the management was a bit disorganised and would fail to cover shifts and breaks, meaning people ended up working extra time with no pay), Game was horrendous (expected staff to come in and hour early and leave an hour late and not take breaks, also got headbutted by a fellow member of staff) and WH Smith which was actually quite nice.
Worst job was when I was at college, working in a bottle packing factory in Burton for £3.21 an hour, 6am – 2.30pm. At the time the minimum wage was being debated, and I vividly remember a Tory MP saying that it was pointless and unnecessary because hardly anyone earned less than £5 an hour anyway. They weren’t keen on people taking breaks either, and health and safety was a bit terrifying there…Posted 6 years agoMrsPoddyMember
worst one was as a student on 12 hour shifts in a factory packing the lids you get on the tops of your drinks at MacDonalds and Burger King. The only way to get through it was to wear a radio walkman and think that 2 days work = 1.5 weeks of rent. After that had to sit on a line that printed the labels on plastic M&S pots. Have done the envelope stuffing, insurance document filing although not sure how many of them they found after my weeks stint 🙄Posted 6 years ago
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