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How interesting. I seem to have the opposite problem. Since it is the
end of the year, our purchaser is being rather loose with his purse
strings. I have a coworker who scored big time. He decided that he
wanted to learn Flash and convinced the purchaser to not only fund a
six-week training course but also to buy the complete Adobe CS2 suite;
fund a course in InDesign, Photoshop, and HTML; and upgrade his
computer screen from 17 inches to panaromic 24 inches. Is any of these
needed? Well, no. He'll never use these skills in his job, but "I have
to spend the budget or we lose it for next year!"
Does that seem just as incorrect to anyone else? It seems to me that
the purchaser should provide necessary equipment quickly, but not blow
the wad at the end of the year because they'll lose budget. Oh well.
What do I know? I'm only a tech writer.
p.s. I have ALWAYS had to buy my own supplies because such useful
things as pens and pencils were deemed unnecessary. To give you the
exact quote: "What do you need to write on paper for? That's why you
have a computer." Good thing tomorrow is my last day.
On 12/29/05, Nuckols, Kenneth M <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com> wrote:
> Cathy MacDonald said...
> > I, too, feel the pain of being ignored and put off by The Great and
> > Powerful
> > Purchasing Department. As a fairly new employee, I decided to be more
> > assertive than I had at the 15 or so companies I had worked for
> > as a contract employee. All I had to do was fill out two purchase
> > requisitions for software and training courses, have the reqs signed
> by 3
> > mucky-mucks, and then submit them to the Purchasing Wizard.
> > I'd heard that Purchasing was run like some sort of clandestine
> > that
> > refused to divulge their demonic practices and timelines, so the day I
> > submitted the reqs (Nov. 22), I made it very clear that they had to be
> > the vendor by December 23, after which the vendor's price would double
> > (which was 100% true).
> > [snip]
> > Long story short...I saw this buyer put the two purchase reqs into an
> > envelope on December 23 at 4:30 p.m. but have no idea whether or not
> > reached their destination. And I can only imagine how Purchasing will
> > treat
> > me the next time I need to buy something. Does anyone have a ski mask
> > could borrow?
> Ahh... ain't corporate bureaucracy a beautiful thing?
> There are many good things about working for a large company--getting
> things done through the machinery of the corporate bureaucracy isn't
> always one of them...
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