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Tom Toles

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  1. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Go to college and be the boss then. Or start your own company. OR, be an excellent worker and get promoted.

  2. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    They can’t promote me, they’d need to find 3 people to do my job, and they won’t afford that.

  3. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago


    Generally, you have to be in an industry (such as aerospace as I was) that allows you promotion for increased education and/or hard work. And most people that start their own businesses are either just plain lucky (as some 95 to 99% of such businesses fail) or are genius level people.

    As the norm for most middle class jobs (if you can even hang onto such a job at all) has been to just be allowed by the bosses and wealthy to just break even over the last 30 years of so. So, that is why many middle class people have a great deal of nostalgia for the 1940’s through about the middle of the 1970’s when American industry actually cared about the welfare of the average employee. It is a sad fact that now the leadership of most companies (not all, there are always some that are much better than others) could not care less about the very workers that actually generate the wealth of the corporations. Sad indeed!!!

  4. richardelguru

    richardelguru GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    PianoGuy, I’m not sure you live in reality (rather than some weird right-wing fantasy land)

  5. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, over 3 years ago

    My position used to have 3 people working in it, now one retired and another got promoted. I’m the only person with the knowledge to be as efficient as I am, and I get an apprentice on a one-month overview (and it takes about two weeks to get them up to speed on basics). I also make less than the guy I replaced when he was here.

  6. pcolli

    pcolli said, over 3 years ago


    I think the “right sort of handshake” is more important than education when it comes to higher positions. No, I have no “beef” against Masons and have known more than a few. They’d be the first to admit that they do have an edge in some circumstances.

  7. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    In the 8 years I’ve been in my current position, the amount of data we handle has increased over 8000%, and we have gone from 35 servers to 657 servers. Promotions are few and extremely hard to get, as new management positions are filled by hires from externally, generally people the current managers know and like from their own past histories. Employee wage increases have been below the rate of inflation for the last four years, and just at the rate of inflation previous to that. Senior officer wages increase at 13.5% per year.

    Yeah, this cartoon nails it.

  8. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I know, I know, it’s pointless to reply to Ima, BUT—- I work for the Postal Service, and we have a group of young black females we refer to as the “Barker Babes”. They sucked up to (and I am not implying sexual favors) an older black male area manager, and got promoted. They are, with one or two exceptions, the most obstreperous and incompetent supervisors we have in our area. My experience with those who worked a craft situation tells me that they were too lazy or disinterested in actually WORKING, but were always on the lookout for the easy way out. It’s interesting that few males, of ANY color, were picked for promotion during this time.

  9. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago


    I just watched some of the smartest, hardest working people I’ve ever known get laid off so that executives who bumbled an acquisition will still qualify for their bonuses. That’s how capitalism works.

  10. cdward

    cdward said, over 3 years ago

    Neither fairness nor achievement are what drives the corporate world. It’s all about upper management padding their bank accounts. Period.

  11. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Actually, onguard, achievement is often stymied in the current system by lack of reward for the people actually doing the work.

    Once you hit a certain level of management, though, you can operate ineptly and fail spectacularly, and still be well-rewarded for it.

  12. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 3 years ago


    Go to college and end up working for chump change, coz there’s no work avaialable in your field.

    Start your own business and get put OUT of business when some mega-corp moves in on you.

    Be an excellent worker for 20 years and get laid off so they can bring in a newbie at 1/3 of your pay ( with almost no beneifits )

    Welcome to the REAL world, PG

  13. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, over 3 years ago

    Care to SHOW us those advertisements?

  14. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    >le sigh< It’s not actually as bad now as it was when I started. Back when I first started in the computing field, I found out later, I was getting precisely 60% of what my male co-workers were, for exactly the same job with exactly the same qualifications.

    It took me 13-14 years, but I finally caught up. Not by internal promotions or raises, but by job hopping to better places.

    Sadly in the current climate, there is not so much of that going now.

  15. PianoGuy24

    PianoGuy24 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    To all of you people bashing my comment of the first post: I have no college degree. I worked tirelessly at too many dead-end jobs. In your views I had no chance…right? Well, who SAYS you HAVE to stay in your current profession? I found a way out of the mill that you guys complain about. I became an apprentice for a piano technican and learned the trade and have been a self employeed piano technician for 14 years now. Doing well. Never looked back! I’ve BEEN that guy in the cubicle in this ‘toon. So if I can do it, I have no sympathy for people that just COMPLAIN about their job situation but won’t do anything about it!

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