Sunday, September 25, 2011

Horrible Bosses (Film)

At last, an adult comedy for this year. Watched the film with Anne in Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, amazingly cheap at P160 in premiere seat. Sta. Lucia has one of the biggest screen compared to other non IMAX movie houses in Greater Manila Area.

Horrible Bosses is horribly funny and Jennifer Aniston is one big versatile actor. She plays the sex-crazed dentist of an engaged dental assistant (Charlie Day). Jason Bateman, stereotyped again as working class in this movie, a subordinate of emotionally abusive Kevin Spacey. Kurt Buckman has to work with dickhead Colin Farrell after the latter's father (the original kind boss) died of heart attack.

To get rid of their bosses, they decided to kill the horrible bosses. After paying thousands of dollars for their murder-consultant Jamie Foxx, Foxx turns out to be an impostor and has never killed anyone, but does piracy for a living.

Aniston was a favorite. Her hair is dyed dark brown and skin is tanned. She is hilariously funny in this new role, after seeing her in the usual romantic comedy for past years.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

Went to Starbucks afterwards. Got free coffee jelly frappe from my friend's coupon. Irritating to the throat, too sweet. Smoked and talked about us being corporate slaves, running to smoke in less than 15 minutes insuring to get back to most-hated cubicles in time. How long should one work?

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Sunday, September 18, 2011


Dark clouds fill the sky
The heat wraps my skin that is dry
I don't have a fridge
Cold water I need to feed.

Tummy makes a sounds
So hungry it shouts out loud
Looking for cheap foods along the hall.

One hundred twenty three and eighty-eight cents
Remaining cash on the ATM
Cigarettes, corned beef and a pill
One hundred twenty three and thirty-six cents comes my bill.

Three days
Will get my backpay
Yeba! I shall say.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Provincial rate

(Click on the image for larger viewing. These figures are not accurate. These are just assumptions, symbolic, sarcasm, or however a reader may call it.)
Working in a call center or BPO (business process outsourcing) company, comparing basic pay from previous companies is not uncommon. It was the first training day for an American account, a Fortune company. Basically, each of the new employee types his details virtually for ATM payroll, company badge, etc. So we had time to discuss anything, especially basic pay, benefits, incentives and mostly matters related to money.
One guy left a company after a year, with zero back pay. That's from a 3-letter named company that used to be manufacturing computers but has been an outsourcing company as well. Another guy left a company after receiving the contract signing bonus in a month from date of hire. Some of them left their previous companies after unresolved salary disputes. They call it salary dispute when you don't get the pay based on the time you have worked. I have learned a lot of corporate terms in Manila. What is really new to me is the term 'jumper.' One is a jumper when he works from one BPO to another. I don't really know the criteria of becoming a jumper. Maybe it's having more than one BPO employment in a year.
The company I am working with right now has training bond or cash bond for 6 months. That is, you will have to pay a certain cash when you quit before reaching 6 months of residency in the company. This is however fair for the companies. They spend money for the training expenses like salary for the trainer, electricity, handouts, trainees' salary, etc. It's also one way of dealing with spoiled Manila agents who keep on quitting work prematurely. I was once a nurse recruiter and it's a trouble when manpower suddenly changes due to staff immediate resignation or AWOL (absence without leave).
Another fact that I learned today, which is sadly true and is happening, is the difference of salary between agents in Manila and provinces. In Davao City, an agent earns a monthly rate of PhP 9,500 to 12,500 compared to a PhP 14,000 or more in Manila. These figures are not accurate but the trend is.
Manila, Davao, or Cagayan de Oro. If these cities are working for XYZ American company, they receive calls from the same country. They handle the same irate callers. They get the same surveys: bad customer surveys that may cost them their jobs. Same job roles and descriptions: talk while documenting, talk even though the person on the other line curses you, apologize, apologize and apologize (even though the customer warned you not to apologize again [but you have to verbalize it as per protocol]). Same protocols. Not the same compensation. A company saves a lot if established in the provinces. Cheaper space rental, cheaper utilities (water, electricity), cheaper taxes, and cheaper salaries to provincial fellows.
If XYZ American company pays QRS BPO $2 per minute of call received, the former pays the same amount to any BPO, irrespective of its geographical location.
Call center agents must be paid equally all over the Philippines. Same salary range for agents on the same graveyard shifts.