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[TRENCHES] Thursday, April 5, 2012 - Phantasm

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edited April 2012 in The Penny Arcade Hub
Phantasm


Phantasm
http://trenchescomic.com/comic/post/phantasm1

5:00 O’Clock Shadow

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What some people don’t realize about the QA department is that the vast majority of the testers are temps. The game company keeps testers on only for as long as they are needed for a particular project and will then discard them in a manner most people discard Chinese food menus.

As a result all testers learn to fear 5:00 pm when the project they are working on is starting to come to a close. A typical day shift ends at 5:30, but if a company wishes to get rid of you a member of the management rounds up the unlucky few at 5, makes sure you have all of your personal belongings, and then instructs the fired-testers-walking to follow them for a “quick meeting”.  This meeting involves a thank you for your hard work followed by the ceremonial handing over of the security badge and finally topped off with being escorted out of the building.

Case in point; I was working on a project that was almost complete.

As the days wore on members of our team were being picked off and sent to other projects. With our team slowly dwindling like sand in an hour glass you could feel the tension in the remaining members each time someone from management so much as walked by our table.

Finally, with our team but a shell of its former self, our lead walked up and hovered over us awkwardly for a few moments.  I glanced at the clock on the computer monitor.  5:00 pm.  I looked up at my lead.

There was a hint of melancholy in his eyes.  We had become pretty good friends over the course of the project.

“Gather your personal belongings and follow me please.  We need to have a quick meeting.” he said.


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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    That story is sad. :(

    The snuffler would totally have spotted Missingno.

  • TriskTrisk Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Yo! I got dis

    Thanks.

    Snuffler's a bro.

    Edit:

    Also the story was great this week.

    Trisk on
  • HenroidHenroid Nobody Nowhere fastRegistered User regular
    I need help from the Snuffler.

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  • GiraffeLoverGiraffeLover Registered User
    Henroid wrote: »
    I need help from the Snuffler.

    TychoDelves.png I agree with whatever this totally not hot Giraffe person said...

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  • Human_QuirkHuman_Quirk Registered User regular
    The dialogue in this strip is deliciously set up and executed, stands out from the others.

  • BetsuniBetsuni Registered User regular
    Of course The Snuffler is helpful, he has a top hat and monocle.

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  • SticksSticks Registered User regular
    Trenches is definitely on an upward trend.

  • StormwatcherStormwatcher Uee Citizen Record #2051 Über Star CitizenRegistered User regular
    Also loved this one.

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  • pablo_pricepablo_price Registered User regular
    loved this one.

    the snuffler needs to be on a shirt.

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  • Warlock82Warlock82 Never pet a burning dog Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Doesn't "5:00" stand for "Five O'Clock" already? So... "Five O'Clock O'Clock Shadow"? :P

    (sorry, I am so picky but that is driving me crazy :D)

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  • PonyPony Registered User regular
    This is the very first Trenches comic I actually laughed at.

  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    "Q-Juice" ewwwwww.

    Comic would be better without the last two sentences. Still, I feel like this strip has been making great strides since the tail end of "season 1."

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  • FalxFalx Registered User regular
    Pony wrote: »
    This is the very first Trenches comic I actually laughed at.

    Pony knows about interacting with things that turn out to be drug-fueled later.

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  • DanteCrossDanteCross Registered User
    I've never had the 5 o'clock meeting, but I have had the 'at the end of your contract we're not going to renew it.' meeting. Though I gotta say that I prefer that to the lack of meeting coming to the end of the contract where you just wait and wait assuming you're going but are not completely sure as everyone else is like 'But theres loads of testing to do, we need to keep you dude, dont worry about it.'

    conclusion; I didnt get kept on.

  • fortyforty Registered User regular
    Warlock82 wrote: »
    Doesn't "5:00" stand for "Five O'Clock" already? So... "Five O'Clock O'Clock Shadow"? :P

    (sorry, I am so picky but that is driving me crazy :D)
    Just shut up and order a $5 Buck Box from Taco Bell.

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  • MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    DanteCross wrote: »
    I've never had the 5 o'clock meeting, but I have had the 'at the end of your contract we're not going to renew it.' meeting. Though I gotta say that I prefer that to the lack of meeting coming to the end of the contract where you just wait and wait assuming you're going but are not completely sure as everyone else is like 'But theres loads of testing to do, we need to keep you dude, dont worry about it.'

    conclusion; I didnt get kept on.

    I've had the "Oh by the way your contract ended yesterday, don't go into work today" phone call.

    Or the personal meeting where they secretly sent off the rest of the department except those fired to an extended lunch, so they don't have to watch you perform the ceremonial desk packing of shame.

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  • OptyOpty Registered User regular
    My wife was let go recently, along with her entire group of 30+ people within her department. Basically there was a monthly department meeting but that day instead they split the department in two: all of the people getting fired in one room and everyone else in the other. A couple of the bosses took the day off as well to escape having to actually be there and fire people, which I think offended my wife much more than her actually being let go. Of course with that many people being let go at once and with absolutely no warning, the company essentially lost years upon years of unrecorded knowledge about the processes behind their business as well as the subject matter of their business.

    Note that all of these people were full time hires, leaving a building full of scared contracted employees (and the few surviving fulltimes as their supervisors) hunkering down and watching their backs. From what I hear the place is quiet as a graveyard now as that undercurrent of fear grips them all. Also some of the stuff the people let go did just legally can't be done by contracted employees, meaning the remaining full times now have to learn how to do that stuff as well as do it for probably no increase in pay. It's just a fuckfest all around.

  • AthenorAthenor Registered User regular
    Opty wrote: »
    My wife was let go recently, along with her entire group of 30+ people within her department. Basically there was a monthly department meeting but that day instead they split the department in two: all of the people getting fired in one room and everyone else in the other. A couple of the bosses took the day off as well to escape having to actually be there and fire people, which I think offended my wife much more than her actually being let go. Of course with that many people being let go at once and with absolutely no warning, the company essentially lost years upon years of unrecorded knowledge about the processes behind their business as well as the subject matter of their business.

    Note that all of these people were full time hires, leaving a building full of scared contracted employees (and the few surviving fulltimes as their supervisors) hunkering down and watching their backs. From what I hear the place is quiet as a graveyard now as that undercurrent of fear grips them all. Also some of the stuff the people let go did just legally can't be done by contracted employees, meaning the remaining full times now have to learn how to do that stuff as well as do it for probably no increase in pay. It's just a fuckfest all around.

    That sounds like our local Call Center company, AFNI. I don't know of anyone who enjoys working there, and many of my coworkers are former AFNI employees. It's the local job for right out of high school/college, while looking for something better, and the turnover is INTENSE. And brutal, exactly like Opty's story there.

    I made two promises as a young lad: Never work in fast food, never EVER work for AFNI.

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  • King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    Sticks wrote: »
    Trenches is definitely on an upward trend.

    I think it's because the story doesn't seem like it's missing entire strips worth of content like the first season.

  • AthenorAthenor Registered User regular
    Sticks wrote: »
    Trenches is definitely on an upward trend.

    I think it's because the story doesn't seem like it's missing entire strips worth of content like the first season.

    The early parts, save for the msytery of Issac, were very close together too. It was in the back half, when they decided to show an entire QA cycle, that things seemed rushed.

    Now the cycle should be slower, yes?

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  • SticksSticks Registered User regular
    Maybe, but the quality seems higher per strip, not just on the gaps in between. Also, funnier.

  • Human_QuirkHuman_Quirk Registered User regular
    Gaslight wrote: »
    Comic would be better without the last two sentences.

    The last two sentences are what makes this strip funny.

  • OptyOpty Registered User regular
    Athenor wrote: »
    Opty wrote: »
    My wife was let go recently, along with her entire group of 30+ people within her department. Basically there was a monthly department meeting but that day instead they split the department in two: all of the people getting fired in one room and everyone else in the other. A couple of the bosses took the day off as well to escape having to actually be there and fire people, which I think offended my wife much more than her actually being let go. Of course with that many people being let go at once and with absolutely no warning, the company essentially lost years upon years of unrecorded knowledge about the processes behind their business as well as the subject matter of their business.

    Note that all of these people were full time hires, leaving a building full of scared contracted employees (and the few surviving fulltimes as their supervisors) hunkering down and watching their backs. From what I hear the place is quiet as a graveyard now as that undercurrent of fear grips them all. Also some of the stuff the people let go did just legally can't be done by contracted employees, meaning the remaining full times now have to learn how to do that stuff as well as do it for probably no increase in pay. It's just a fuckfest all around.

    That sounds like our local Call Center company, AFNI. I don't know of anyone who enjoys working there, and many of my coworkers are former AFNI employees. It's the local job for right out of high school/college, while looking for something better, and the turnover is INTENSE. And brutal, exactly like Opty's story there.

    I made two promises as a young lad: Never work in fast food, never EVER work for AFNI.

    Hey, it was a call center she worked at. How eerie.

  • Ori KleinOri Klein Registered User regular
    Opty wrote: »
    My wife was let go recently, along with her entire group of 30+ people within her department. Basically there was a monthly department meeting but that day instead they split the department in two: all of the people getting fired in one room and everyone else in the other. A couple of the bosses took the day off as well to escape having to actually be there and fire people, which I think offended my wife much more than her actually being let go. Of course with that many people being let go at once and with absolutely no warning, the company essentially lost years upon years of unrecorded knowledge about the processes behind their business as well as the subject matter of their business.

    Note that all of these people were full time hires, leaving a building full of scared contracted employees (and the few surviving fulltimes as their supervisors) hunkering down and watching their backs. From what I hear the place is quiet as a graveyard now as that undercurrent of fear grips them all. Also some of the stuff the people let go did just legally can't be done by contracted employees, meaning the remaining full times now have to learn how to do that stuff as well as do it for probably no increase in pay. It's just a fuckfest all around.

    On a reversed experience where the employees bail out on the company due to its wonky management:
    I've recently departed a work place where most of the veteran employees took a voluntary retirement and they've been barely managing with second-rate quick hiring to replace us.
    I visited a while ago and, while they do manage on a certain level to conduct day-to-day business, it's quite messy and nothing compared to the clockwork and clean order it used to operate by.

  • GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    Gaslight wrote: »
    Comic would be better without the last two sentences.

    The last two sentences are what makes this strip funny.

    The snuffler and the explanation of how he came to "exist" are what makes it funny. The last two sentences, after that, are redundant.

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  • AurichAurich Registered User regular
    edited April 2012
    Athenor wrote: »
    Opty wrote: »
    My wife was let go recently, along with her entire group of 30+ people within her department. Basically there was a monthly department meeting but that day instead they split the department in two: all of the people getting fired in one room and everyone else in the other. A couple of the bosses took the day off as well to escape having to actually be there and fire people, which I think offended my wife much more than her actually being let go. Of course with that many people being let go at once and with absolutely no warning, the company essentially lost years upon years of unrecorded knowledge about the processes behind their business as well as the subject matter of their business.

    Note that all of these people were full time hires, leaving a building full of scared contracted employees (and the few surviving fulltimes as their supervisors) hunkering down and watching their backs. From what I hear the place is quiet as a graveyard now as that undercurrent of fear grips them all. Also some of the stuff the people let go did just legally can't be done by contracted employees, meaning the remaining full times now have to learn how to do that stuff as well as do it for probably no increase in pay. It's just a fuckfest all around.

    That sounds like our local Call Center company, AFNI. I don't know of anyone who enjoys working there, and many of my coworkers are former AFNI employees. It's the local job for right out of high school/college, while looking for something better, and the turnover is INTENSE. And brutal, exactly like Opty's story there.

    I made two promises as a young lad: Never work in fast food, never EVER work for AFNI.
    Hey, I worked at AFNI for a bit. Right when they opened that new location they were hiring kids direct from high school like the dang army. I guess a couple months later that wasn't working out and they fired ALL OF THEM. That brand new building was a ghost town. The place was indeed a fuckfest, but still a really good job for its qualifications, if you don't mind a fuckfest of a job. All the time-and-a-half overtime you like, for example.

    Aurich on
  • Jesse PinkmanJesse Pinkman Registered User regular
    this second season has been great. I feel like it took a while for trenches to find its voice but it's finally hitting it's stride.

  • AthenorAthenor Registered User regular
    Aurich wrote: »
    Athenor wrote: »
    Opty wrote: »
    My wife was let go recently, along with her entire group of 30+ people within her department. Basically there was a monthly department meeting but that day instead they split the department in two: all of the people getting fired in one room and everyone else in the other. A couple of the bosses took the day off as well to escape having to actually be there and fire people, which I think offended my wife much more than her actually being let go. Of course with that many people being let go at once and with absolutely no warning, the company essentially lost years upon years of unrecorded knowledge about the processes behind their business as well as the subject matter of their business.

    Note that all of these people were full time hires, leaving a building full of scared contracted employees (and the few surviving fulltimes as their supervisors) hunkering down and watching their backs. From what I hear the place is quiet as a graveyard now as that undercurrent of fear grips them all. Also some of the stuff the people let go did just legally can't be done by contracted employees, meaning the remaining full times now have to learn how to do that stuff as well as do it for probably no increase in pay. It's just a fuckfest all around.

    That sounds like our local Call Center company, AFNI. I don't know of anyone who enjoys working there, and many of my coworkers are former AFNI employees. It's the local job for right out of high school/college, while looking for something better, and the turnover is INTENSE. And brutal, exactly like Opty's story there.

    I made two promises as a young lad: Never work in fast food, never EVER work for AFNI.
    Hey, I worked at AFNI for a bit. Right when they opened that new location they were hiring kids direct from high school like the dang army. I guess a couple months later that wasn't working out and they fired ALL OF THEM. That brand new building was a ghost town. The place was indeed a fuckfest, but still a really good job for its qualifications, if you don't mind a fuckfest of a job. All the time-and-a-half overtime you like, for example.

    Pretty sure the overtime was mandatory, not "all you could like." But hey. Welcome to Illinois. Union-run, Conservative laws. :)

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