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Drama! Intrigue! Stupidity!

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So Todd [Director of IT, TVT Records] comes into my office last Monday,
hands me a package containing an Archos AV380 Audio/Video player (this
portable thing with an LCD screen and a hard drive that plays mp3s and
video files and such) and says “Steve [president, TVT Records]needs the
last 18 months worth of TVT Media on here”. Tall order to begin with,
especially since that doesn’t exist all in one place anywhere (it
WOULD, if anyone around there had been listening to me that we need an
Asset Management System in place), so basically i’d have to get the
last 18 months worth of TVT CDs and rip them all (10minute per CD *
like 23-24 CDs=hmmmm…) plus collect all of the videos we’ve done that
we have on DVD or CDROM and re-encode them for this device (~10 videos
@ 20 minutes each = ???).
So anyway, I knew Steve was going to be away next week, so i figured
i’d just work on it then and have it ready for him when he comes back.
So Todd comes in Friday ngiht at like 5:30 and is like ‘hey man, is
that thing done for Steve?’ So I’m like ‘ummmmm…. no… should it
be?’ So theres like… a second of silence before he says ‘He leaves in
an hour!’ and starts getting all panicked… so i’m like ‘ummm…nobody
mentioned to me that he needed it for his trip!’ so he’s like ‘its a
steve thing you need to drop everything when he asks for something its
the highest priority!’ So my response was ‘A lot of things around here
are my highest priority’ so he storms off in a panic or whatever.
So about 10 minutes later Vera [Controller/HR, TVT Records] storms into
my office and proceeds to accuse me self-righteously of “trying to
sabotage Todd’s job” for like 2 full minutes before I could get a word
in edgewise. So i’m like “Vera…be quiet for a second… if i’d KNOWN
he needed it for MIDEM [the music conference he’s going to next week] i
would’ve had it DONE for MIDEM… but nobody gave me ANY context or ANY
deadline”
She stops and thinks for a second and is like ‘oh, cause you know what
MIDEM is and todd doesn’t’ And i’m like “uhh…yes.”… so she like…
halfway apologizes but not really and offers to pay me overtime if i
come in on saturday and get it done before Steve goes to the plane.
So I was at work until midnight last night with Todd trying to get as
much video and audio onto it as possible, which seems futile since he’s
probably just going to break it, lose it or not use it anyway.
Sabotage! What am I, the freakin KGB?
i’ve been there 3 years…the fact that there wasn’t even THOUGHT put
into that before the accusations began flying…
I need to get out of there.

Written by admin

January 24th, 2004 at 4:37 pm

Posted in TVT

TVT Letter

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Hey,

I really don’t like to have to do this. You both know how much I enjoy what I do at TVT. But it hit me again as I was rushing to set up Steve’s laptop for his trip to Miami that I was given a half-hours notice on, ripping a CD for Amy, talking to Live365, AOL, Apple and Peavey on IM and being harassed by Jackie and Dah Millz about their phone problems that I’m currently getting paid less than I did when I was a contract worker redesigning the intranet for Ramsey.

This is insane. I deserve better treatment than this. I’ve been playing the game and trying to go with the flow for awhile now, hoping that It’d come through like you guys have been saying it would; ‘momentarily’. All it has gotten me is a bitchslap from Steve in the form of “I know you’re supposed to be getting more money, but until I think that you’re doing more to get stories for the intranet I’m not signing off on it”. This was by no stretch of the imagination is anything other than a bitchslap.

I’ve been playing it how he wants it, bothering him every day for news stories. Sometimes I even get them, sometimes not; they’re his rules.

There are many things I will put up with. I try to have a sense of humor and keep some perspective about it all. But one of the few things I cannot tolerate is being disrespected for my efforts. And this is now reaching the point where the only reason things aren’t moving forward is because you or Steve feel like you can continue to delay indefinitely.

So here’s the deal, and hopefully this will set a fire under the proverbial asses.

This needs to be resolved by the end of this month to my satisfaction, or I will find somewhere else to employ myself. Good luck finding someone who’ll do what I do for what I’m getting in return.

I want to make this clear that this is not a personal issue, and I appreciate all the efforts that both of you have put forth in trying to move this forward. I just feel that something needs to be done to impress upon the power that be the importance of this situation. For my own self-respect, let’s resolve this.

Thanks for all your help in this matter.

-Jeremy

Written by admin

October 10th, 2003 at 9:53 pm

Posted in TVT