Strong cohesion among field technicians.
Pros: benefits, compensation, friends, truly a fun and rewarding job.
Cons: dangerous work; i saw electrical shocks, falls, spider bites, car accidents in my 7 months.
Hours were 8am - 5pm plus frequent mandatory overtime.
Disconnect and installed, troubleshooted and repaired cable, internet and telephone services.
Some management would bend over backwards to help you, others were seemingly absentee throughout the day.
Co-workers were loyal, friendly and we would go the extra mile for each other every single day.
The – more... hardest part of the job was keeping up with all of the parts and equipment every aspect of the job. Easily over 100 different parts, tools and equipment we had to order, organize, use and maintain daily. That and training was short (only 2 weeks) before I was out there alone doing advanced installs.
Most enjoyable part of the job was being out there in the field building and maintaining the system that brings TV, internet and phone to people's homes.
I left the job voluntarily because I suffered a 500+ volt shock that went through my chest. It caused no burns, and I seemed to shrug it off. A manager checked me over and said I looked fine; but in the long term it must have been that shock that rendered me weak, confused and tired for the rest of the month, of which I didn't take a single extra day off. I lost my appetite and thirst, and lost 20 lbs that month. I could no longer keep up with the work load, and started making very stupid mistakes. My manager was all over me, and I felt constantly exhausted. I could barely carry my ladder anymore. Before that I was an all star, I was topping the charts among my team mates, jumping across creeks with my ladder on my shoulder, and never made mistakes.
Since then I have rehabilitated myself and am in good physical condition again. They say test for electricity for 3 seconds with the VOM, I say test for 10. Electrical currents can "ghost" when a neutral to ground is broken: that is, be invisible for a few seconds, but suddenly surge. That's what got me. – less