« on: February 05, 2009, 01:43:14 PM »
You guys are not going to get much disagreement from me about how Raytheon has changed the place, and not in a good way. My first season down there was 2000-2001, and have been 4 more times after that. Each time we go down, the place just seems more and more emotionally beat down. Every trip, there are more and more rules, restrictions and guidelines that seem designed to take all the life out of the place and make it more like a unionized auto factory.
It seems like the lawyers have just taken over. For example, the "accidental" alcohol shortage a few years ago, to AA meeting signs have became more and more prevalent around base. I fully expect that the next time we go down to McMurdo it will be dry. Then there the stupid assigning fault system for workplace accidents. The 3-point harness rule for climbing over 4 ft.
I know it was not much, but i remember when as a reward for good work, GAs got to come hang out and "work" at Willy. It was not much, but from the GAs we got and talked to, always said it was a nice change of scenery plus they got to eat lunch out there. The last time down, it seemed like even that privilege was being taken away.
Yes I know it is a workplace, but they are sucking all the fun out of the place, 1 new guideline at a time.