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30 April 2019 - 5:57pm

Worst Job Ever?

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I was thinking today about work, and how I'm so much happier now that I get to do something that I like for a living than I was doing awful jobs. I'm curious as to what jobs you've had in the past that you think are the worst.

I'll start!

When the Great Recession hit, the ISP that I worked for went under. I lost my job and didn't want to be on unemployment. Unfortunately, good jobs were nearly impossible to find, so I decided to take the first one I could find. This was working inside a polycrystalline silicon plant clean room. Basically, the factory generated the silicon from scratch using chemicals and what not, where they were eventually broken up and shipped out to companies around the world for use in solar panels, computer chips, etc.

My role in this was to go into a clean room with about 100 other people and break the silicon into small pieces and bag it up. How do you do this? With a hammer. Literally, this job was breaking pieces of what amounted to rock into smaller pieces. I was like Fred Flintstone. It was terrible. The shifts were 12 hours long, the silicon was razor sharp, and you fogged up due to your body being basically sealed in these clean suits and the ambient temperature in the room being less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

After a few weeks, I was promoted to what they called an "Etch Operator". I worked with four other guys in a segregated room, as this was considered to be dangerous work. We would see the silicon go into a bath of hydrofluoric acid, where it would have the surface eaten away. We'd then have to take it out of these baskets, let it cool, and then bag it. There was real danger with the acid, as if it got onto your skin it would burn you, and even pull the calcium out of your bones toward the skin!

I worked really hard to get out of that job. I did 12 hour days, came home and ate dinner, then worked for a few hours at night at another gig. That eventually got to the point where I was making as much doing that as working in the plant. My last day at the plant was when I was walking down a hallway where the acid robots (Burt and Ernie) were. As I was pushing a cart with four layers of gloves and a plastic gauntlet on, I heard a pop and hiss. I looked over to see a bunch of HF acid oozing onto the floor right by my feet. It was at that point where I said, "Screw this" and left!

So what was the worst job you had? What horror stories came from it?

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28 December 2019 - 8:31pm
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Lol, didn't even heard of such a job... I don't know if it's the worst ever but definitely give you top 3 all time😂

Same here! I had no idea it's an actual job, no disrespect to anyone who has it, but it sounds just bizarre to me! 😂

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23 April 2020 - 5:53pm
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I think there's no better or worse job in the world, as long as you like what you do. But there are situations where you don't like the work but you have to bring home the food. So it's all based on circumstances.

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23 April 2020 - 6:06pm
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I like your philosophical thinking HeroFreeman but in fact there is a really shit jobs (sometimes literally 😉) that most of us would agree...they're just that....s**t...but of course our tolerance levels depend on the specific situation...or how much you need a particular job...

In fact I've heard of people who in fact...enjoyed theirs...just a rumors I guess😉

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27 April 2020 - 9:31pm
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barbadosslim93 wrote:

I was thinking today about work, and how I'm so much happier now that I get to do something that I like for a living than I was doing awful jobs. I'm curious as to what jobs you've had in the past that you think are the worst.

I'll start!

When the Great Recession hit, the ISP that I worked for went under. I lost my job and didn't want to be on unemployment. Unfortunately, good jobs were nearly impossible to find, so I decided to take the first one I could find. This was working inside a polycrystalline silicon plant clean room. Basically, the factory generated the silicon from scratch using chemicals and what not, where they were eventually broken up and shipped out to companies around the world for use in solar panels, computer chips, etc.

My role in this was to go into a clean room with about 100 other people and break the silicon into small pieces and bag it up. How do you do this? With a hammer. Literally, this job was breaking pieces of what amounted to rock into smaller pieces. I was like Fred Flintstone. It was terrible. The shifts were 12 hours long, the silicon was razor sharp, and you fogged up due to your body being basically sealed in these clean suits and the ambient temperature in the room being less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

After a few weeks, I was promoted to what they called an "Etch Operator". I worked with four other guys in a segregated room, as this was considered to be dangerous work. We would see the silicon go into a bath of hydrofluoric acid, where it would have the surface eaten away. We'd then have to take it out of these baskets, let it cool, and then bag it. There was real danger with the acid, as if it got onto your skin it would burn you, and even pull the calcium out of your bones toward the skin!

I worked really hard to get out of that job. I did 12 hour days, came home and ate dinner, then worked for a few hours at night at another gig. That eventually got to the point where I was making as much doing that as working in the plant. My last day at the plant was when I was walking down a hallway where the acid robots (Burt and Ernie) were. As I was pushing a cart with four layers of gloves and a plastic gauntlet on, I heard a pop and hiss. I looked over to see a bunch of HF acid oozing onto the floor right by my feet. It was at that point where I said, "Screw this" and left!

So what was the worst job you had? What horror stories came from it?

Dude this sounds like working in hell... I though that having a terrible boss was bad but this is some serious stuff.

I hope you have a great Job right now!

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28 April 2020 - 9:50pm
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I like your philosophical thinking HeroFreeman but in fact there is a really shit jobs (sometimes literally 😉) that most of us would agree...they're just that....s**t...but of course our tolerance levels depend on the specific situation...or how much you need a particular job...

In fact I've heard of people who in fact...enjoyed theirs...just a rumors I guess😉

I agree you on this one. I mean, sometimes I watch television shows and see how people are trying to get jobs in farming and factories which for me, personally, would be something I couldn't stand and it could classify for me as worst job, while for some people it's what they want. But I believe there should be balance, not everyone wants to work in medicine, farming or other industries which is why it's great that we, as people, are so different with different dreams. But surely when I was younger, I couldn't be picky about jobs and I had some bad experiences too.