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Emob78: Tough crowd. Didn't know we had so many fans of animal wrestling and sewing around here. Next time I'll go more meta... or random. The only true way NOT to piss people off around here is to confuse them.
I was amused, not pissed off. If you had attempted to emasculate me by calling knitting "woman's work" then I'd have to go Shaolin monk style on you :P
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Emob78: Tough crowd. Didn't know we had so many fans of animal wrestling and sewing around here. Next time I'll go more meta... or random. The only true way NOT to piss people off around here is to confuse them.
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Tarnicus: I was amused, not pissed off. If you had attempted to emasculate me by calling knitting "woman's work" then I'd have to go Shaolin monk style on you :P
You know, I'm a pretty skeptical person. Until I started participating in this forum I had no idea that jedi mind tricks could actually work. So let me practice some more...

(waves hand)
This is not the sewing machine you're looking for. You can go about your (manly) business. Move along.
The disadvantage to working for a company who owns around 25% of the market it operates in is that there's not much growth to be had, as people are afraid of locking themselves or causing a monopoly position. This lack of growth though leads to freezing the available budget to last years level.

Now, the main issue with this is that, basically, there's the same amount of money available to the same amount of people. Doesn't sound too bad, right? Well, each year you're evaluated based on your performance. This means that that some people need to get promoted, and in turn earn more. All of this with the same overall budget as last year. So yeah, this in turn means that some of the eployees will have lower salaries compared to last year, despite the company doing well (maybe too well).

I just hope I'm not one of the unlucky ones. God, I hate performance review week.