My experiences with fellow IT Technicians

By tom_pearson ยท 12 replies
Dec 20, 2005
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  1. This is going to be a bit of a rant; but put simply, I find the attitude of most IT Technicians who I've either been working with or meet online are incredibly rude, and competitive. I am a qualified IT engineer for my local county council, I have to visit schools a lot and am constantly in contact with various people in the IT sector. Why is it when I'm trying to solve a problem for someone, there is some other IT technician trying to make a point of knowing everything and not actually contributing on the same level to get a problem solved. I just wish that everyone in the market could work together to tackle problems rather than tackling each other, when really no ones going to come out a winner. I find it sometimes on this forum too, there is a slight air of patronising, and a constant banter that really isn't necessary. Any way rant over. Happy Christmas :)
  2. Otmakus

    Otmakus TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I sometimes felt that too, but usually that rudeness and arrogance came from someone who has always been considered know-all in his (99% of IT Technician I know are males) neighbourhood.

    When someone has always considered himself more superior from others around him, he will unconsciously behave defensively against someone his equal (or superior). Consider it like a **** in a small farm where he always felt superior among all the chicken and suddenly another **** came.

    I agree that all IT people from all over the world should work together to tackle problems and to spread the knowledge to do it, that's why we're here in this forum in the first place.
  3. toffeapple

    toffeapple TS Rookie Posts: 152

    I think your forgetting that's its actually a business....all this peace and harmony stuff is alright for the forums but in the workplace?
    what if you are a low level technician and you come up with an idea and you "share" it with someone and they take credit for it?
    I have seen this happen first hand...knowledge is power in the work place..I have learnt this the hard way..if can can make your self indispensable from the point of view that your the only one capable of solving issues your job is more secure..I don't always agree with it but its human nature to protect your self...especially in our fast moving industry...All I know is my experience and it can be very cut throat...survival of the fittest
  4. hewybo

    hewybo TS Maniac Posts: 435

    Im not one, but..........

    The only IT I qualify for is sIT (semi-Intelligent Turd), but human nature wins out. As Toffeapple said, everyone's out for themselves. Witness: M$ pains of glass operate an overwhelming number of systems worldwide- can you feature Father Bill saying "Oh, you're having a problem? Lemme help. Free. We're all in this together." Please.

    Tom has simply become overwhelmed by the holiday spirits ( which is most admirable, in my view). Would that it could be as he wishes. Happy Christmas to you, too, Tom. I wish your benevolent spirit would spread far and wide. :wave:
  5. tom_pearson

    tom_pearson TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    haha, maybe I did look at this slightly out of proportion. Thanks for your comments guys. :approve:
  6. toffeapple

    toffeapple TS Rookie Posts: 152

    happy christmas
  7. k1n9k00p4

    k1n9k00p4 TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Ive recentley started working in a school as an IT Technician and i have to agree, other technicians and IT Profs you meet do seem to be very competitive and think they know everything like what software is best (one dude was using Kazaa even after i told him about kceasy and Ares and still thought kazaa was better) These types of technicians p*ss me off.
  8. tom_pearson

    tom_pearson TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Fair enough thats a good point, but aren't you being just as bad as him? Surely software preference is a matter of opinion and depending on what you are used to differs from person to person. It's when things get petty, I get soooo annoyed. What kind of school do you work in? What sort of work do you do?
  9. k1n9k00p4

    k1n9k00p4 TS Rookie Posts: 90

    I work in a comprehensive school, and im a support technician which basically involves me helping teachers who encounter problems whilst working on computers, other stuff includes printer fixing/toner changing/Password resetes/Server software insto etc etc just random sysadmin stuff.

    and yea, lol as i was typing the stuff about software the thought came into my head that i was just as bad as them, but usually i just agree with them (being new and all *** kissing is prob a good idea ^_^)
  10. toffeapple

    toffeapple TS Rookie Posts: 152

    instead of getting petty you should spend your time researching ways to improve the system with minimum costs to the school.
    When your starting out suggesting upgrades etc can be tricky..if something works people are generally happy...but if you can find something to streamline their current operations and have it fully developed and tested before presenting it this will give you a great standing with your peer's...they might seem stuck in there ways but experience is hugely important in matter how much you study problem sloving skills develop on the job.
  11. tom_pearson

    tom_pearson TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    ah right, sounds good. I work for the county council in primary schools around Somerset. So we have to deal with all kinds of setups.

    In terms of streamlining with new ideas, I have a few things up my sleeve which I am working on as we speak.

    Tbh though the majority of the flack we get is from Secondary School IT technicians who go into the primary schools to "help out" and have no idea about our standards that are in place and kick up a fuss about anything they can just to try and make themselves look good.

    But i think you have some interesting points toffeapple.

  12. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 353

    The supposition by the original poster is correct. Many in "it" are asshoils. If they will take another's idea/solution as their own, claiming it as their design, what other dishonest things are they doing? I for one do not want such people working for me. Or with me. In the workplace, the mindset of "each to their own, to hell with the others" is contrary to what the employer's interest is. They need to be fired. My guess is with the mindset they have shown, they have cost the employer much more than they have benefited them. Some of them are rather poor technicians, and do everything in their power to maintain staus quo. Forever. Observant management can't help but to see this, and eventualy fix the situation. Unless they are status quo types themselves.
  13. toffeapple

    toffeapple TS Rookie Posts: 152

    Thats fine if you work in a well coordinated and supportive team..but the posters position was that he co workers were dismissing his suggestions, in a situation like this I feel he should protect himself.
    I agree with what your saying but when you find yourself in a position where your colleagues are not showing you repect and are dismissive to your suggestions should he just keep plowing on and giving them his idea's?

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