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So as I sit here listening to the rain attacking the skylights of the house, and the constant rumbling of thunder in the background I spend this lazy afternoon fumbling around on here looking at old forum post's and the old cool works forums (of which i was a huge fan of, compared to this new style. But that's neither here nor there, just MHO) I am reminded of a conversation I had with my soon to be employer during my last phone interview with him. He asked what i knew about the place and if i had any preconceived notions that he might be able to clear up or solidify. And in an honest response I spoke to him about what I had read on CoolWorks and MyCoolWorks from others who had worked there or just had an opinion on the place. He was unaware of MyCoolworks (Hard to believe I know, since it's such a great and helpful place for both side's of the fence) After looking at the sight himself, he responded back to me to give me what i consider to be the truth in regards to certain people "Badmouthing, and misrepresenting" his establishment. Which to me alleviated a few of the concerns i had with moving 3000 miles away from home. So as I sit here pondering all this a few question's creep to mind. Why do some people who have never worked for a company speak badly of employers and how the business is run? Is it an effort to drive employment leads to their company? Do they have some sort of vendetta against the other company? Are they just the type of person that wants to stir up trouble because they are bored? And then there are the folks that make outrageous claims to the working condition's and often the dreaded "with-holding year end bonus" . One person i talked with about my future employer's housing quoted "living like a refugee in a stupid tent" well sir the company clearly states the available housing and even goes so far as to include pictures of said housing, which is more than most do. Ever seen a picture of your dorm before you get there? This is the first time i have. So obviously you knew what you were getting into before you left. I guess the point of this rambling is to maybe offer some advice to folks new to this, and make sure you know what you are getting into before you head out, from a reliable source. It's great to talk to people that have been there done that before you, but i would caution you to take it with a grain of salt. Just because someone tells you the place is horrible, or mis-managed, or that they were fired for no reason, or what ever other thing they say I would suggest talking to the person who hired you about these concerns and tell them why you have them. Anybody that's worth working for will be glad to sort out the BS from the truth for you, such was my case. And for the people on here that talk bad about a company but never worked for them, or is going by what their room mate at yellowstones sister told them about a guy she knew that had a friend that worked there back in 01 and it was horrible, please stop. It makes it hard for those of us that want a real idea of a location and company to make a judgment based on your non-factual information.

Sorry just had to get that out.

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Comment by Rick Peterson on March 18, 2008 at 3:15pm
Very good comments. I've been working seasonally and full time in Alaska for the last 8 years. In that time I have heard lots of stories about various companies, some good and some bad. When I get on here I really try to only comment on things I have experienced. Too often rumors get circulated, and once they are out there you can never really fix it, can't unring the bell as they like to say on Law and Order. One great thing about this sight is that you can get opinions from lots of people and not just the jaded one. Good observations, glad you shared them.
Comment by Kathi on March 18, 2008 at 2:46pm
Now THAT is an excellent blog post. Lucky for us you had a rainy day!

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