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I currently work sans cube *and* sans office. I work in an environment where all the workers have big, lovely desks. The only privacy is a little 1 foot wall around the desk that keeps my papers from falling off towards the open area. We work with power traders, so they have a whole different culture than usual IT groups.
I sit by the QA department (to whom I nominally report up to) so I don't have the advantage of overhearing things I want to hear. But it's pretty quiet over here usually and when it isn't I listen to CDs or launch.com or streaming radio stations. It's close enough to the developers and BSAs and various boss type folks that I can walk over often and catch them for questioning ... (You can run, but you can't hide!)
Previously I have been in assorted cubicles ranging from a rabbit hutch size that I had to share with a web developer, to a deluxe cubicle with lots of privacy, space, and a window (the corner cubicle) when I was a manager. I also once had a real office, with a real door, and a window (another job where I was a manager.) That was enjoyable.
The worse space I was ever in was the aforementioned shared rabbit hutch cubicle. It has neither space *nor* privacy. The second worse spaces I have been in have been conference rooms. I hate those with a passion, whether I share them with others or am isolated. The ones I have been in don't have windows, maybe that's why I hated them so. I love my current digs because I love the desk space and I have a great view of central Phoenix (Bank One Ballpark and the Science Museum) out my window. I'd rather have space than privacy, but a good combo would be ideal.
I also like working at a place with interesting places to walk nearby. I have been lucky enough to work at places with nice nearby parks to walk in. Currently I'm located downtown and sometimes can take a walk to a local museum for lunch. In Phoenix, covered parking is a great perk, which I currently enjoy. And downstairs is a little garden with fountains and statues of frogs eating dragonflies. :-) Plus touristy gift shops which are handy for those last minute gifts when you forgot your niece's birthday!
Rose A. Wilcox
CHQ, 17th Floor
Rose -dot- Wilcox -at- PinnacleWest -dot- com
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