2006-03-12

An Evil Workplace?

I've been asked by friends if an evil organization is a bad (or perhaps evil) place to work, what with the threats of instant death for poor passwords or passwords on post-it notes.

It is best to think of such organizations as being similar to working at Disneyland: anyone who has been to Disneyland knows that Disneyland is staffed by a lot of teenagers and others who you would imagine can't possibly have the best job in the world loading people onto rides and wrangling kids, but what many don't realize is that these parks also have a ton of professional workers just out of sight. Take a look at this list of IT positions for Disney Parks as an example.

Those guys make good wages with good benefits while staying out of the general mess of things 90% of the time. I would guess that being a professional working at Disneyland or Disneyworld is a lot better than being a front-line grunt employee.

Working in the volcano is pretty much the same: grunts and low-level staff don't have good benefits and have to deal with a lot of problems such as threats of death, getting knocked out by intruders, shot by practically anyone, etc. etc. Professional staff, on the other hand, is treated well, paid well, and exempt from most of the trouble faced by the grunts.

You do have to feel bad for the grunts, as there is very little in the way of promotions. Even a particularly talented grunt would have to move on to an outside position and eventually hire back in at a more professional level. I've seen this happen with shock troopers who left for greener pastures eventually came back as assassins.

Is it fair? No. Is it evil? Certainly. I'm just glad to be one of the professional employees.

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