Dec 28, 2006

We Save Lives Every Day...

When I was working hundred hour weeks and weekends I felt inspired. I felt like I was doing something important.

I didn't know any better.

Branching out into the real world of advertising agencies it's funny to me how much sweepstakes, games, loyalty programes, et. al. are treated out here. They're an afterthought. They're a good way to get some traffic due to the "sweeps whores" of MyInstantWin but those oh-so-valuable names and addresses that are collected are viewed as being completely unviable. Yes, even those from people who "opt-in" to promotions, electing to be marketed to. We get the data... and then we don't do anything with it. They are simply "Unqualified Leads" and tossed out with the refuse.

So, while I felt like I was answering a higher calling by giving my blood, sweat, and literal tears to Online Promotions, I wasn't doing anything earth-shattering or that needed to be treated like brain surgery. Just thinking about this on my week off from work and thinking about how it was of dire importance that I needed to work on Christmas last year when I was still at "The Prize". Ahhhh, sweet memories.

9 comments:

ePrizer said...

You fat piece of shit, you never worked 100 hours in a week.

The company is totally different than you remember it. We are all working 40-45 hours per week, doing high-quality work, and having fun. We went through some rough spots but that is now behind us. You simply couldn't carry your own weight.

Winners make things better and enjoy success. Losers like you get fired for having a bad attitude, which is obvious now a year after you've been canned that you are still obsessed with the place. Organic must be pretty boring if you are wasting your huge amounts of free time throwing rocks and playing victim.

Ghost of ePrize Past said...

So many folks are curious who you are, Eprizer. You simply must work in HR to be such an authority on someone's time sheet.

As far as I know... 12 hours Monday-Friday plus at least 20 hours on a weekend equals to (now, check my math here) approximately 100 hours. That sounds very similar to the typical work week for the ePrizers I knew.

If only we could hear from other current employees to see if things really have turned around. From everything I hear, it's still the nepotistic sweatshop of old.

BTW, I really don't that the person you think is writing this blog is the person that's writing it. When it comes to "throwing rocks," you should make sure who the target is.

ePrizer said...

No, I'm not in HR. It just pisses me off when people lie. No one around here works 12 hours per day, five days in a row and then another 20 hours on the weekend (that adds up to 80 hours (not 100) by the way). I love it how people overstate their hours and importance.

If you don't like ePrize, fine. Move on with your life. I just don't understand why you are so obsessed with the place a year after you were fired. Maybe you should seek therapy. Get over it, man.

Mayhem said...

I am a current employee, and I have been at ePrize over a year. There was some really rough times that we had, but over the last couple months it's a totally different place.

I might not be in production anymore, but all the people I know and hang out with are all leaving at 5:00 these days...

So if you want to bitch about the past, sure go ahead, it's your dime, but don't think things are the same as they were a year ago... the place has changed quite a bit...

NoLimits said...

I don't know how this became a discussion of time cards and bad math but the point of the posting was to discuss what an afterthought sweepstakes are. It's the rare occasion that the contest/game becomes the centerpiece of the campaign.

I hear that folks leave on time -- and that's great. If they're not working until the wee hours on their laptops at home that's even better. A work/life balance is definitely something I'd love to see happen.

yearofthechump said...

Finally found an apt description of eprizer. Really the only reason I'm back.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19

That and, eprizer, take some of your own advice, stop obsessing over this blog.

dizrespected said...

Eprizer...please watch your language, you are not demonstrating your command of the English langage.

Further, stop projecting...you are the one who needs therapy.

Check out one at:
http://cms.psychologytoday.com/msn/state/MI/Royal+Oak.html

dizrespected said...

It cut off...

http://cms.psychologytoday.com/msn/state/MI/Royal+Oak.html

dizrespected said...

Oh yeah, before someone jumps on me...language was misspelled.