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[TRENCHES] Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - The Airport

GethGeth LegionPerseus VeilRegistered User, Moderator, Penny Arcade Staff, Vanilla Staff vanilla
edited June 2014 in The Penny Arcade Hub
The Airport

The Airport

Bonus Season!


No one expects bonus season to be a season of equality and good will, of course, but this tale from my brother who was working as a senior programmer for a company now well known for producing a racing game with spectacular slow-motion crashes.

Called in for a meeting by his manager he was told that the bonus pot was particularly small this year, but the pain was being shared by everyone, and everyone on the team was getting the same small percentage bonus. Boo, he thought, but I suppose everyone else is in the same boat.

Until the idiot manager decided that he would email his bonus-sharing spreadsheet to the entire company, and not just to _his_ boss, revealing to everyone that he was taking the majority of his team’s bonus for himself, and giving his underlings a share of the rest. Presumably he thought he deserved it and they didn’t.

Result: Team minus at least one programmer, manager told to be more careful with emails. That’s right, he kept the money (but not his integrity).

Geth on


  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    I could see where that story was going, and I couldn't stop it.

  • melaltonmelalton Registered User regular
    Who is Alexis? I hope to god she isn't yet another character.

  • NeuroskepticNeuroskeptic Registered User regular
    I think Alexis is the black (?) girl with purple hair and a hat, last seen in this comic from over a month ago. I think.

  • marsiliesmarsilies Registered User regular
    What the brother of the author of the tale didn't realize, is that the manager had been taking the majority of the bonus for years, and had cut back his share proportionately that year.

  • PolaritiePolaritie Sleepy Registered User regular
    Surprise surprise, ask someone to determine how much money they deserve versus everyone else and they take it all for themselves.

    Whoever devised that system for bonuses was clearly in a position to benefit from it.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    There's a bar in LaCrosse, WI called The Library. The decor and walls are painted to look like books.

    Had some fun times there.

  • samh5621samh5621 Registered User regular
    edited June 2014
    Other than the fact that no one knows who the hell Alexis is, this is one of the best comics they've done in months. Hopefully this will turn into a streak.

    Also, maybe we can do a little proofing on the tales? I'm sure there's a technical term I'm lacking, but the first paragraph appears to be an incomplete run-on sentence.

    samh5621 on
  • El SkidEl Skid The frozen white northRegistered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    There's a bar in LaCrosse, WI called The Library. The decor and walls are painted to look like books.

    Had some fun times there.

    I am married to a librarian, and have uncovered that upon attaining librarianhood they are sworn to The Code.

    The Code is:
    What happens in the stacks, stays in the stacks.

  • CyberJackalCyberJackal Registered User regular
    Alexis is absolutely the girl with the purple hair and the hat.

    In regards to the story... I think if I ever find myself in a position of authority, I just might set this scenario up as a test for my managers. Anyone who pulls the crap the guy in the story did would be in for a stern talking to (at bare minimum).

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