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Dtv or any other people working on christmas

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Mcmiller519, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Mikej0530

    Mikej0530 Cool Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    I work for Walgreens. They are open 365 days. Christmas Day is our busiest day of the year. We see alot of people coming in for last minute supplies. Im off And I wouldn't go into any store on Christmas day. If I do not have it. considering I had 364 day to get the item I will do without. But that is just me.
  2. Scott in FL

    Scott in FL Godfather

    Mar 18, 2008
    I worked for ABC back in the 80's, and worked both Christmas and Thanksgiving. If the holiday fell on your regular work day, you worked.

    I think we got paid time and a half for Christmas, but if you went over 8 hours you received an extra half (so a total of two times your normal pay). It was a great day to work... very light load, great food on the Good Morning America and World News Tonight sets, and everyone got their names on the closing credits that day!
  3. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Our family has their big celebration on Christmas Eve so some of us like to go to a movie on Christmas day. Like you said there isn't much else to do.
  4. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    As Sean Connery once said, "Never say never". I don't like going to stores on holidays either, but there was one Thanksgiving where the turkey was still so frozen there was no hope of cooking it. I ran out to a local supermarket that was open and found a turkey that I was able to cook from frozen in the bag it came in. It turned out to be one of the better turkeys I have ever cooked.
  5. dracozny

    dracozny Cool Member

    Oct 1, 2009
    depends on the employer. techs for directv in the state of Oregon get 8 hours holiday pay, then regular commission hours.
  6. acer

    acer Duplicate User (Account Closed)

    Dec 13, 2012
    I used to work in technical support than sales (their is no department called programming by the way, if you are referring to ace they do a whole lot more than programming like equipment upgrades and bundles) and again the call center was always closed. and dang, if tulsa which is a tech call center is open Christmas I feel for them.

    if you work a major holiday like Christmas, you get paid double. time and a half is only for overtime.....at least the directv call center I am aware of.
  7. n3vino

    n3vino Godfather

    Oct 2, 2011
    You can bet that IT people at any operation that runs 24/7 will be working. Your bank's online services will be active, and on New Years day, banks will be processing year end applications. Christmas eve and new years eve will also be working days, as they are business days where people buy stuff until the last minute. I didn't mind working Xmas Eve, but I hated working 2nd shift on New Years Eve.
  8. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    I try not to use official DirecTV terms-they can be red flags. I do remember when the call centers (back when it was only Boise, Tulsa and Huntsville) would rotate holiday closings, but that was in the days we were all supposed to be generalists. Now that the duties have been separated and there are different call types, the rules are different for each type. Some close at midnight, some close at 12:30 AM but tech support is 24/7/365. Since Tulsa is the main o&o tech support site, it's open around the clock.

    There are a few caveats for that. you must work the last scheduled day before the holiday and the first scheduled day after the holiday or you will not get holiday pay. As for OT, you only get it after working 40 hours in a week, so the only way to get 2.5x pay is to work the holiday as an OT day (which, IIRC, is darn near impossible to get.)
  9. acer

    acer Duplicate User (Account Closed)

    Dec 13, 2012
    yup that's true
  10. snpman

    snpman New Member

    Aug 6, 2011
    I understand that the job needs to be done but I do HAVE ONE GRIPE. Do not call in and say I feel bad you have to work the holiday. If you feel that way then do not call till next day. Just let me fix your issue so we can both eventually enjoy the holiday. Oh and thank you for choosing ********* :hurah:
  11. George_T

    George_T Legend

    Sep 19, 2002
    Just can't believe some of the comments that I have read on this thread.

    Some of you are worse that the Grinch. Sorry, but plenty of people celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holidays. Yes, we have some essential services that need staffed, but someone can wait one day to go to Walgreens or Walmart to get something.

    Maybe part of the problem of our country is that we have overemphasized work over family and faith. Money is NOT everything.
  12. swyman18

    swyman18 Legend

    Jan 12, 2009
    You have to remember too, not all jobs are retail based and dealing with the American public. Many jobs are hinged on what goes on in other countries, and it's not necessarily holiday season everywhere.

    My work schedule follows not only the US Stock Market, but also the financial markets in other countries. As unfortunate as it may be, for a lot of people holidays become just another average day for the most part.

    And it's not just all about money. It's about doing your job with minimal fuss. I get paid salary and get 4 weeks vacation a year, but it's difficult to take them sometimes. I don't lose any money if I take a day off, and I don't make more money if I work a 20 hour day on Christmas.

    You have to just enjoy the amount of time you have with your family no matter how much time you get.

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    When I worked in a call center at a utility company I used to sign up to work any and all holidays including xmas, and xmas eve. I would get paid double time and get an additional 8 hours of vacation time for each holiday worked. It was great and I appreciated the opportunity to earn extra money and extra paid time off to spend with my family.

    What I don't appreciate is other people trying to tell me what I should be doing with my time. Not all of us are religious and some of us choose to live life based on reason and logic rather than "faith".
  14. WingNut

    WingNut AllStar

    Sep 18, 2006
    Haven't had to work a holiday since I graduated college in Jan of 2003. Before then I mostly worked jobs at bars, restaurants, and 5 years at a Nursing Home. Being young I didn't care about working the Holidays because I made a lot of extra money on those days and I figured it was better that the coworkers with kids/married be home with their family.

    Now that I have kids/family of my own, there is no way I'd work on Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  15. studechip

    studechip Godfather

    Apr 16, 2012
  16. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    How are battery sales on that day?
  17. kenglish

    kenglish Icon

    Oct 2, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    I usually work Christmas day, or am on-call.

    It's usually better to just come in and hang-out all day....I get to see what is going on all over the world (via internet and satellite), and I often get in contact with some interesting folks....like the DX'er who was listening to our AM station in Japan, 5500 miles away, on Christmas Day.
    He e-mailed me photos of himself, his antennas, and the designs for his antenna and amplifier.
  18. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    For me, the company holidays are 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, and 1/1. In addition, we are under company shutdown for 12/26, 12/27, and 12/28. However, since the division that I work in has 24x7x365 global operations, we are going to be minimally staffed over those days receiving escalations from our other centers. I volunteered to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Not only will I be getting holiday pay, but overtime pay as well. Those holidays tend to be SLOW, so I get to catch up on work.
  19. bills976

    bills976 Godfather/Supporter

    Jun 30, 2002
    It is usually a great time to make extra cash. Good employers tend to be pretty generous when it comes to perks for employees that work over Christmas or New Years - 1.5-2.5x salary, some sort of cash bonus, extra time off during some other week of the year, etc. If your employer doesn't offer any of these things... well, that's usually a sign of a company that doesn't treat their employees very well.

    If you do not celebrate Christmas, or have family that lives a long ways away, it's a win-win. I personally wouldn't do it, but there are a lot of people that would jump on it.
  20. swyman18

    swyman18 Legend

    Jan 12, 2009
    I'm not sure I agree with that... Each situation is up to interpretation I guess.

    I'm sure there are plenty of salaried employees that work for large global companies that don't get extra pay working on holidays, and I'm sure they are are fine with their job.

    In this job economy, can you imagine going up to your manager/boss and saying, "I won't work a holiday unless I get 2.5x pay!!" Boohoo, we don't always get what we want.

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