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Low wages, incompetent managers and
what you have to do to become full-time:
Confessions of an ex-Best Buy
Geek Squad agent

Daily Mail [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/1/2013 8:18:49 AM

He took the job to become a tech support guru, but what he got in return were nothing but headaches. A jaded former Best Buy employee crafted a 1,100-word blog post shortly after quitting--and dishing the dirt on the electronics giant. In a piece posted to the Tape Noise Diary blog on Sunday, user JayCruz writes that he had high hopes after scoring a job with the Geek Squad in 2009 after attending technical school. [Snip] But it wasn´t long before he realized that his job involved more retail-related tasks and less IT problem solving.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/1/2013 8:29:48 AM     (No. 9092789)

I don´t patronize Best Buy anyway but I´m going to mentally boycott them for trampling on geeks.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: franq, 1/1/2013 8:34:54 AM     (No. 9092797)

True or not, this person may have trouble finding work now. Employers monitor the web to screen out what may be considered malcontents and troublemakers.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Kitty Myers, 1/1/2013 8:37:23 AM     (No. 9092803)

Our Geek Squad agent, Sam, is the best. We gladly pay for him to come to our home about twice each year to keep our computer in top shape. He´s friendly and very helpful; we´ve never had a single complaint about Sam. We can´t say the same about the geeks at our local Best Buy store.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: cThree, 1/1/2013 8:47:28 AM     (No. 9092813)

Holy mackerel, folks! This guy it the whiniest loser I´ve had the pleasure of reading in a very long time...

´You have horrible bosses always writing you up because that’s the only way they know how to be a manager. You get threatened to be fired about three times.´

HAHAHAHAHAHA! I had to stop reading.




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Reply 5 - Posted by: LouD, 1/1/2013 8:50:39 AM     (No. 9092822)

Let´s see; a kid right out of school wants to start at the top, and complains when he has to do menial work. Sounds familiar. The kid sounds like millions of other "workers" who know far more than the boss, and works for dumb, incompetent managers. I often wonder how those people in charge got their jobs, if they are so stupid?


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Liberal like Jefferson, 1/1/2013 9:05:01 AM     (No. 9092840)

Hey, kid, hate your job? There´s a club for that. They meet at the bar.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ranger06, 1/1/2013 9:07:27 AM     (No. 9092842)

The time to find out what the job is all about is really before you take it... just saying.

Someone should ship this kid over to Foxconn and see how he likes the management, pay and hours...


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Reply 8 - Posted by: pinger, 1/1/2013 9:12:47 AM     (No. 9092848)

As a general comment about retail customer service, Best Buy notwithstanding, is that it runs the full range of competencies....just like the skill levels of medical doctors or automotive technicians. I´ve known excellent people in both retail store management as well as "worker bees" below them (on and off the job)....as well as deplorable examples in both categories. Given that most retail jobs require no particular education or particular skills to get a foot in the door, consider the set of folks who populate a very large portion of that industry. The current efficiency of the average parent coupled with the efficiency of the average public school system relative to preparing kids for the real world has been in the toilet for the past twenty-five or so years. Many of these kids end up, at least for a time, working in a store. Coupled with the fact that so many people have seen terrible role-modeling by their parents relative to workplace ethics, the intentional "dumbing down" ideology of government run schools and the fact that quite often in the real world, customer service people actually have to talk to a customer face to face, versus through some electronic media...they´re lost. From a poisoned well flows poisoned water.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mossley, 1/1/2013 9:17:30 AM     (No. 9092856)

I´m no fan of Best Buy - the company is crashing because of its incompetent management and horrible customer service - but what did the kid expect? He took a job at a retail store and then complains he has to deal with customers.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rama41, 1/1/2013 9:23:47 AM     (No. 9092867)

This guy is a loser and Best Buy is better off without him. FTA: ´I remember how badly I wanted to work there. The whole Geek Squad thing, with the uniforms and the custom-painted Volkswagen Beetles was kind of cool. It seemed like a "fun" job.´

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 1/1/2013 9:29:21 AM     (No. 9092876)

Clearly, no poster here yet read the guy´s actual blogpost. It´s linked in the Daily Mail ´´analysis´´ piece, which I didn´t read. I went to the source instead.

He acknowledges he has learned from his time doing retail, such as realizing he has to deal with his customers, no matter who they are. And he wishes he´d gone slower in school toward a BA degree rather than the quick tech school certificate he did obtain. He says he has learned patience and acquired some better conversational skills.

Those things, if he really learned them, should take him further in his chosen career. That he blogged about his former employer specifically ... not so good. And now, he´ll learn that.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bluefindad, 1/1/2013 9:31:46 AM     (No. 9092884)

Oh! The irony!

The CEO of Best Buy got canned because of an innapropriate relationship with a female staffer. Anybody remember Bill Clinton?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bobgray2, 1/1/2013 9:47:37 AM     (No. 9092912)

The only way to avoid having a jerk for a boss, is to work for yourself. And even that is no guarantee.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: rubberneck, 1/1/2013 9:52:42 AM     (No. 9092921)

Jay: And now we’re in the age of the geeks and The Big Bang Theory fan-girls that think you’re sexy because you know how to reset their routers. But no one really likes real geeks. Sheldon is a funny character with a script. Real geeks are rarely funny, they’re awkward in conversations, and are annoying with their obsessions. You know who really likes geeks? Your Grandma.

Okay, the guy may be a whiner, but that´s pretty funny! (Or maybe I should be offended, since I´ve been in a "geek" career for 35 years.)

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Reply 15 - Posted by: phx4546, 1/1/2013 10:55:46 AM     (No. 9093035)

The CEO of Best Buy got canned because of an innapropriate relationship with a female staffer.

Maybe she was trying to get more hours

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Reply 16 - Posted by: NancyD, 1/1/2013 11:01:46 AM     (No. 9093051)

I agree with #10. We´ve had good service, good prices and a good selection from Best Buy.

Obviously not all BB are the same, but the ones in our area are great.

No problems whatsoever.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 1/1/2013 11:31:42 AM     (No. 9093102)

LOL #16! I was thinking the same thing!

Maybe this kid would have a better chance at Wal-Mart. I´ve heard better things about working for that store.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: chumley, 1/1/2013 11:34:38 AM     (No. 9093109)

Never worked for BB but do have experience with incompetent managers. The majority of their leadership philosophy seems to be keeping the employees in the dark and the firing threats. I worked for a company like that for eight miserable months and finally took a better job elsewhere. When they asked me why I was putting in my notice, I told them with all the threats I figured I was next. They told me I was never in any danger, and that the threats are just something they do.
A year later all of their middle management had been fired.


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Reply 19 - Posted by: franq, 1/1/2013 12:15:55 PM     (No. 9093168)

#20 confirms my belief that there is a dearth of leaders everywhere.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MDConservative, 1/1/2013 12:56:30 PM     (No. 9093265)

Most anyone who has ever been employed worked for an incompetent supervisor or manager... some have successfully become one. Others were too afraid to try.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: shalimar, 1/1/2013 1:28:55 PM     (No. 9093321)

I dunno, if I were this kid, I think I would have been happy to have a job. I started my career at the equivalent of less income and ended up very happy with where it ultimately took me.



He´s disappointed because it wasn´t fun like he thought it would be. Poor boobie. It´s called work because it *is* work.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rat Patrol, 1/1/2013 2:14:15 PM     (No. 9093346)

The corporate philosophy of today is that they do not want anyone who is too good or too bad,they prefer mediocre and they want things nice and quiet,the higher ups do not want to hear about problem´s even if it means saving money for the company or making money for the company,they really do not seam to care.

This kid has some growing up to do and at 13k a year, he could make far more doing IT work on his own, but it does not mean he has it all wrong.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: MickTurn, 1/1/2013 2:44:39 PM     (No. 9093375)

From Geeks to Creeps, Money grubbers all of them. I wouldn´t let them work on my computer if they paid ME!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Not gonna take it anymore, 1/1/2013 2:50:23 PM     (No. 9093385)

I have had nothing but good service from the geek squad and the sales associates at my Best Buy.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/1/2013 3:31:06 PM     (No. 9093425)

Anyone who thinks they’re going to get through life without having an incompetent, nasty unfair boss, is delusional. It’s a law of nature, you will have them --lots of them. Get used to it. Successful people are the ones who figure out how to deal with it. Watch what they do and do the same. Oh, and watch the ones who never succeed, and don’t do what they do.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/1/2013 4:44:41 PM     (No. 9093503)

#20, oops, sounds like most hospitals I have worked for!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 1/1/2013 5:25:52 PM     (No. 9093545)

#10, I agree with you. I don´t get the Best Buy bashing. I have bought 1/2 dozen various computers there before switching to Apple. I bought my Nikon DSLR there and my Sony camera there. Yes, sometimes they were really busy and I had to wait a while for a clerk. Yes, once they had to send a computer of mine off for a week.

But to listen to people *itch and moan is amazing. These are likely the same people that walk into a store, waste a sales person´s time getting free education, then buy it on Amazon. Then turn around and complain that Best Buy charges more. I guess a store, convenience, personnel, power and inventory costs should be just disappear into the ether.

I should know, I started out in retail in the computer retail business. People would come to us to learn about computers, tell us they´ll think about it, go down the street and buy it at a discounter, and when it broke, bring it to us with an attitude and demand it be fixed immediately. Retail a place to start, and leave, as quick as you can. People that stay in retail, generally, don´t have enough skills to grow into something else. Nothing wrong with that, but that is what you are dealing with. My dad in all his wisdom said, "Never settle in a career where you have to deal with John Q. Public in a retail environment". Boy, was he right.

If you want service, you will pay a little more. If you don´t want to pay, don´t open your mouth and complain about the service you are not entitled to.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: bob913, 1/1/2013 5:28:51 PM     (No. 9093551)

My advice to a relative of mine whose son is now looking for work after getting out of college is to make sure you don´t have anything on the internet at places like Facebook with stupid photos and quotes like "My boss thinks I´m sick when I am at the ballgame Whooohooo!" and posting a photo to prove it....

I also said when interviewed just give them a direct answer and no more. No need to go on and on. Keep the resume clean and read up on how to write one with key words that employers like. Many HR depts use software to view your resume and will reject many qualified people just because a resume did not have the key words they are looking for.

No stupid email address names like geekman@hotmail.... Use an address with your name if you can at yahoo or gmail etc that you only use for job hunting because the sites like Monster.com will spam your address (happened to me a decade ago).

Dumb luck plays a big part as well. Meaning ask around to friends, family, strangers where the jobs are.

Once you have a job keep your mouth shut and show up to work everyday. There are people there who will gladly knife you in the back to move up. Always be looking for something better as you will run into bad bosses who will wreck the company and you end up looking for another job.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/2/2013 12:44:55 AM     (No. 9094040)

The geek did not say how old he is, but many leave school today expecting to earn the same as owners and managers, and not climb the ladder.

However, I fail to understand why big box stores take million dollar plus operations and hire kids to run them. Many of the managers are on a power trip and not only the employees, but the customers suffer for it. When they go out of business, there is no big personal loss.


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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/24/2014 5:21:14 AM     Post Reply
If this Harvard University student got her way, free speech on campus would be abolished and professors with dissenting views fired, because radical leftism is the only permissible political philosophy and the First Amendment is a barrier preventing modern colleges from fulfilling their proper role as indoctrination camps. Her name is Sandra Korn. She is a senior at Harvard and columnist for the Harvard Crimson. In a recent column, Korn unambiguously insisted that the university should stop guaranteeing professors and students the right to hold controversial views and pursue research that challenges liberalism. “If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why

Farrakhan: African Americans
deserve their own courts

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USA Today, by Niraj Warikoo    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/24/2014 6:05:40 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT -- In a fiery speech Sunday delivered to 18,000 at Joe Louis Arena, Minister Louis Farrakhan blasted the judicial systems in the U.S. as being biased against African Americans, calling upon the community to set up their own courts. "We want equal justice under the law," Farrakhan said on the last day of the Nation of Islam´s annual convention, held in Detroit this year. "Our people can´t take much more. We have to have our own courts." With Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones sitting behind him, Farrakhan spoke for nearly three hours, reiterating the Nation

Whitewashing Benghazi
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American Spectator, by Jed Babbin & R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/25/2014 5:31:39 AM     Post Reply
Were he alive today, Richard Nixon would have to doff his hat to Barack Obama. Compared with how the Obama administration has swept under the rug the Benghazi attacks of September 11, 2012, Nixon’s attempt to cover up the Watergate burglary was rank amateurism. To be fair, Nixon’s team of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell, and Dean were not in the same league as Obama’s, which includes not only his cabinet but most of the national media and much of Congress. If a president were intent on covering something up—something big, such as an illegal gun walking operation to Mexico or a dereliction

Soldier hides to avoid saluting
flag, brags about it on Instagram

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Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/25/2014 8:30:14 PM     Post Reply
A solider has infuriated the online military community by posting a picture of herself on Instagram hiding in her car to avoid saluting the flag during retreat ceremony, which signals the end of duty for the day. An Instagram picture of Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey has gone viral. Her post reads: “This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don’t have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR ‘THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.’ COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF.” Pfc. Sheffey is a member of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, at Fort Carson, Colo., post spokeswoman Dee McNutt

GOP Lobbyist Pushing for Ban
on Openly Gay NFL Players

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Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/24/2014 6:14:26 PM     Post Reply
Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman is pushing for legislation that would ban openly gay athletes from the National Football League, spurred on by the recent news about Michael Sam publicly coming out. He is appealing directly to Republican members of Congress to propose a bill on the issue, telling The Huffington Post that there are five House members and one senator “interested in co-sponsoring the bill” and he expects more to join on. Burkman acknowledges that normally, conservatives don’t like the idea of imposing policy on private businesses, but says that this belief is now “trumped for reason of great urgency or


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