Signs You Work For A Company That Hates You #1 in a series

This one is pretty obvious, but with the sneaky twist.

Suppose you are on a team that has uber-releases that require up to a year to plan, execute and deliver.  They require multiple divisions/departments to sign off on every step, and everything is a matter of massive debate.

When do you schedule the release?

Now, everyone will leap to the obvious answer, "Christmas."

But that's obvious.  That makes it too obvious that the management hates its employees.  When would you schedule it to convey the same hatred, but be just a *little* less obvious about it?

There are multiple correct answers, but one is: Mother's Day.

I mean, who cares about that?  None of the 70+ people required for supporting the uber-weekend-release care about that.


Digression: in either 1988 or 1989, I worked at a Houlihan's restaurant as a line cook.  It was a corporate type restaurant, no better or worse than any other I guess.  Anyway, the General Manager of the place was a Jehovah's Witness, and so, as such, he didn't believe in Christmas (that's probably inaccurate, but whatever), and so decided to open the restaurant for Christmas.  We were located in a strip mall type place, which, among other things, included a movie theater.  And, as it turns out, that Christmas Day was the opening day for The Godfather, Part 3.

I'm going to make up the numbers since I obviously don't remember exactly right now, but if the place did, say, 100 covers on a weekday night, 500 would be a pretty busy number of covers for a weeknight.  We were the only restaurant open anywhere in the area, and so as the happy (or not so happy, since IIRC, the Godfather Part 3 sucked) movie-goers came out of the theater, they came to us.

Now, I don't know for sure, but I think we must have done at least 1000-1500 that day/night.  We started running out of things, and so just started making up dishes to offer as alternatives (once the fried mozzarella strips ran out, we started breading and frying anything that was edible, for instance).

So, as it turns out, there are times when opening for business on Christmas can be profitable.

posted on Friday, July 18, 2008 9:00 PM Print
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