(Closed) How behind the times is your office?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We’re not THAT bad, but we’re pretty terrible. No caller ID, we don’t take credit cards here for payments, and this is seriously stuff we should have by now. Our fax, xerox, computers, printers, all that stuff is just fine it’s just other things that make you say “WTF not!?”

Post # 4
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We don’t take credit cards for child support payments and pretty much every other state is set up to do so.  We are using a database for case management that was designed in the early 80s, it is redundant and awful and on the verge of collapse, or so we’re told.  Our copiers are seriously from the 90s and falling apart, I probably spend half my life trying to figure out what’s wrong with it & unjamming the thing.

Post # 5
13251 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Um, we still use WordPerfect…

Post # 7
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Haha and I thought I had it bad!!! Whenever I write macros in Excel and run them with my boss in the office, she flinches visibly because she is CERTAIN that asking the computer to do so many things at once is going to make it explode.

And sometimes I think she may be onto something!

Post # 8
191 posts
Blushing bee

We are using windows and office 1997! One of the old guys that works here refuses to use anything other than his old, beat up dot matrix printer. It sits right outside our cube and I swear i’m half deaf bc of it! The man who comes and fixes it says they don’t even have the parts for it anyomre!

Post # 10
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Haha, we are super advanced, I guess.  I work for a major insurance company and we adapt pretty well with the times.

Post # 11
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re pretty good in some ways but for a Fortune 500 company we could be much better. Our internal website looks like it’s from 1993, my laptop weighs about 1800 pounds, and the main program used by most of our departments is a DOS system. Granted, they are making improvements…they finally upgraded about half of us to Windows 2010 about 6 months ago, and they are finally starting to realize that iPads are your friend if you’re traveling a lot.

Post # 12
10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our executives still think that people buy CD’s. They refuse to acknowledge the digital age which is where we’re at. It’s no wonder our stock is in the toilet. 

Oh, and pretty much my whole job is done on a green screen. It looks like something out of the 80’s. 

Post # 13
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I used to work for an IT company and we always said the pop machine was the most advanced equipment we had, lol! I do spend alot of time explaining things to older coworkers, like how to use excel. it can be very frustrating!

Post # 14
679 posts
Busy bee

This post makes me feel a little bit better about my office, which I was SURE was the only one stuck in the dinosaur age. We just got a credit card machine within the last year. My computer’s operating system is so old that tons of things are not compatible – gchat on gmail, etc, and I can’t download even 3 versions back of Firefox or Safari because the operating system is so old. We have 8 different phones that ring through to each other when one line is busy, yet no way to transfer a call to another phone or even put a call through to voicemail. Oh, and we don’t have the option to direct deposit our paychecks. 

Post # 15
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@abbie017:  We do too! I hate WordPerfect. I use a Mac and I have such a hard time converting.

My office gets all the hand me down computers and equipment from other offices and it’s horrible. 

Post # 16
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I work for the state, so it’s somewhat surprising we’re pretty up to date. We have a Windows that’s only like a version or two behind, we have pretty good printers with scanning capabilities (thank goodness), and our computers themselves are only about ten years old.  I think they’re about to replace some of them, too, which is good, because they are pretty slow.  Overall, though, I try not to complain too much 🙂

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