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Old 09-19-2018, 06:56 AM
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Would the office environment play a role in your decision to leave one job for another? Let's say you've worked your way up into an office from a cubicle. You were never really a fan of the cube life. You've had an office for a few years now; and really like the privacy. You interview for a job and it seems to be the exactly what you're looking for, but everyone sits in a cube farm. It's all open concept. Even upper management is out in the cube world. Certain teams have bull pens, but nobody has an office except the CEO when he's in town.
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If the job is worth it then headphones and monitor privacy filters are the way to go.
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i would say it really depends on how much you want the job and how much you dont want your current job. no one can answer this question other than the individual inquiring. its all personal opinion.
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It would be a transition and a factor but would not make or break. I know of a few organizations that have gone to cubes.

I've had an office for a long time and now I'm in a different suite behind a key card opposite corner of the building. There are only 6 of us on the entire floor all at the same "level". It's nice but I miss my office out on the floor with the worker bees.
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I'm not sure, but then I've never been in a cube. I've been in shared offices, but not cubes. The shared office I could possibly do again.
Working from home for the past 4 years, I will tell you has made me very selective as to which positions I will entertain. In a huge way, it's ruined me, both good and bad.
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Would depend on the type of work. If it is very interactive where you are constantly discussing stuff, and blocking out the world isn't important for the task at hand, maybe. If you will need to communicate with the outside world via phone, hell no. Cube farms IMO are horrible for situations where you spend a large portion of time on the phone. Cant hear for all the background noise around you. Especially if they are shared cubes with short walls.
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Ability to work from home? I have been working from home for 6 years now and love it. I did have an office with a cube farm to go to should I need to hold a meeting, print a lot of stuff, or just get away from potential home distractions. I didn't like working in a cube when I first entered the work force....too much of this:

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It wouldn't be my first choice, but I have done it in the past and it really wasn't a big deal since that was how the whole company operated.
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I'll just park this here, you know someone was going to do it

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I worked in an office with what they called "collaborative workspace", basically a cube farm with low walls for about 30 people. Sitting at your desk, you could see the person next to you as the "walls" were about 6" higher than the desk top, and there were 4 people per "cube" that repeated over and over. You get to hear everyone's personal and business phone calls, and there is always one person that thinks they need to conduct theirs on speakerphone. In theory the idea is that you interact with others more frequently, the downside is that there's times when I just want silence to get my job done. Not my first choice, but if you were at one end instead of the middle it would be better. I currently have a door and like being able to shut the world out...
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It should go on the list of pros/cons to consider the position. Big difference between a bunch of low cubes with no sound dampening and taller cubes with sound dampening. After having a private office for years it would be an adjustment.

I interviewed years ago at a company that had open cubes (no walls) and blasting music. Quality of work, at least from me, would suffer in such an environment.
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My door is always open unless it is closed!
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I donít know that it would be a deal breaker, but I do prefer my office. I probably spend 30-40% of my day out on the manufacturing floor, so itís not like Iím locked in my office all day. But a lot of the things I am working on are do not need to be seen or overheard by the masses, so a closed office is imperative as well.

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Originally Posted by louiefl View Post
I worked in an office with what they called "collaborative workspace", basically a cube farm with low walls for about 30 people. Sitting at your desk, you could see the person next to you as the "walls" were about 6" higher than the desk top, and there were 4 people per "cube" that repeated over and over. You get to hear everyone's personal and business phone calls, and there is always one person that thinks they need to conduct theirs on speakerphone. In theory the idea is that you interact with others more frequently, the downside is that there's times when I just want silence to get my job done. Not my first choice, but if you were at one end instead of the middle it would be better. I currently have a door and like being able to shut the world out...
Basically this. I have an office with a door. New place would be the low cubes where you can see everybody. Honestly I just don't want the world knowing when I'm on THT and when I'm not...... though this job might actually be fine with me spending half a day on here given the industry...

So I'm not out of bounds being a little bit concerned about this aspect of the job?
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Originally Posted by Kenny Powers View Post
Basically this. I have an office with a door. New place would be the low cubes where you can see everybody. Honestly I just don't want the world knowing when I'm on THT and when I'm not...... though this job might actually be fine with me spending half a day on here given the industry...

So I'm not out of bounds being a little bit concerned about this aspect of the job?
What is the pay increase?
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Would depend on the type of work. If it is very interactive where you are constantly discussing stuff, and blocking out the world isn't important for the task at hand, maybe. If you will need to communicate with the outside world via phone, hell no. Cube farms IMO are horrible for situations where you spend a large portion of time on the phone. Cant hear for all the background noise around you. Especially if they are shared cubes with short walls.
Agree, I absolutely hate trying to communicate via telephone with someone in a cube farm.
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If you like the job and everyone is in a cubical then I guess you deal with it. If I had to move from my office to a cubical then I would tell them I would work from home instead or I'm out of there. I don't feel like I could concentrate and do my job with 12 conversations going on at the same time surrounding me.
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Originally Posted by r_ventura_23 View Post
What is the pay increase?
Don't know, haven't even received an offer yet. But the interview couldn't have gone any better; and I got the "we WILL be in touch."
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I went from a huge office where I had a decorating allowance to a cube. Job was a great bump in pay! Itís annoying to say the least. There are a few who donít care about others and talk loud and do other stupid things (usually the boomers) I put head phones on just so people will leave me alone.
Where is the job located?
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Lived the cube life for 10 years and I'll never go back. My office is in my home now and it kicks ass!

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