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    Contractor's attitude

    Hi,
    I left the permanent employment early this year to go contracting. So I am fairly new to the contracting affairs. I am working at a client which dont seem to manage parts of the project very well. I am almost half way through my contract and the tasks I have been given used to come pretty regular in the begining and weer quite interesting. At the moment I am filling up the time doing trivial tasks like cosmetics layouts when I am supposed to be doing heavy coding or at least debugging.

    A project I worked on for few days is fundamentaly flawd in my oppinion and they just seem to reverse engineer what they developped some months ago. When I was asked to test run the code I cold see why and I asked for any design documentation/specs so I can compare the bugged code with what it should do in reality. None existent. The whole thing is played by ear and my enthusiasm seem to drop day by day.

    What would you do in my situation? Keep on waiting for them to get their act together and give me more interesting/ hands on developping work? Or push for more trivial,annoying tasks which seem to be covered by the permanent staff anyway? This is not something I am too keen on asking as I have a 'slippery mind' and feel inclined to do 'my own thing' if the work isnt exciting, when I am supposed to be working my *** off for a fairly good rate.

    As contractor have you run in similar situations? What did you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiberik View Post
    A project I worked on for few days is fundamentaly flawd in my oppinion and they just seem to reverse engineer what they developped some months ago. When I was asked to test run the code I cold see why and I asked for any design documentation/specs so I can compare the bugged code with what it should do in reality. None existent. The whole thing is played by ear and my enthusiasm seem to drop day by day.

    As contractor have you run in similar situations? What did you do?
    Get used to contracting, I've been a contractor pretty much since my career started out and that is par for the course for most of the contracts that I've had.

    Nobody wants to write design specs or document anything, the people who originally oversaw the development of the system are long gone so nobody can tell you why a system does what it does.

    It's up to you as to what you do, can stay or you can go but you'll be back in this situation time and time again.

    Personally I just grit my teeth and move on, I'm paid by the hour anyway and if someone else makes my job harder then that just means that it'll take me longer to do whatever I am tasked with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tke71709 View Post
    It's up to you as to what you do, can stay or you can go but you'll be back in this situation time and time again.
    I think you're right here. Just have to get used with this field is like but will keep looking for ways to make my work interesting. Whatever goes.


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    I would if I cared at all that ppl like you are reading the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiberik View Post
    I would if I cared at all that ppl like you are reading the forum.
    That doesn't make much sense. I'm just saying it is easier to understand someone if they spend the 5 seconds it takes to spell check your post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alecrust View Post
    That doesn't make much sense. I'm just saying it is easier to understand someone if they spend the 5 seconds it takes to spell check your post.
    The minor errors in the post hardly made it difficult to understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tke71709
    The minor errors in the post hardly made it difficult to understand.
    Yeah but the quantity and density of such reflect poorly on one's veracity... and literacy.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun(OfTheDead) View Post
    Yeah but the quantity and density of such reflect poorly on one's veracity... and literacy.
    Please ppl, let's make an effort, ignore the grammar and concentrate on more meaningful answers, if you have any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
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    It is a bit ironic when you ask people to be nice but your avatar is a killing santa

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    Unfortunately thats the way of contracting, you aren't a permanent staff member so you dont matter!
    If they are paying you to do mind numbing tasks then do them, take the money and smile that they aren't paying you peanuts to do monkey work!
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    Wink

    I like what I hear spikeZ. As I said, I've only been a contractor for 8 months or so but I believe you get to see a lot during your life as one. The beauty lies in the non-belonging state of affairs and the thought that the change is just a couple of months away.
    I presume it's sufficient to do what you're asked to do. I find it really hard to go the extra mile when the course isn't well planned and the captains aren't with it. Your heart cannot be into it when the effort will most likely be forgotten by the time you're gone. That is because the tasks you're asked to do are details, details, trivial details. (Isn't the IT about detail? Where does that leave you?) Scary! Ultimately it's business and every firm serves its own interests. In the mean time, I'll keep smiling.


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