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So as I promised here are a couple of pics of my car outfitted for working at the satellite company

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This is a pic of the freestyle with the ladders on top, makes it look more manly and less like a soccer mom mobile :)
 

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Pic of the middle. In case you didn't notice, yes I took out the middle seats....I'd take the backs out too, but they look like a pita, so I'll leave them in.

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Pic of the back...got the tarp down to keep the inside from going to crap.
 

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22 views and no replies....you guys make me sad...:(
 

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Reply! :lol:
 

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Seriously though, They don't supply you with any tools but the latters?
 

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QUOTE (thesavo @ Jun 15 2009, 10:21 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=732584
Seriously though, They don't supply you with any tools but the latters?[/b]
we get a lot of the tools...but we do have to provide a lot of our own too...for the money you make it doesnt bother me, for a satellite company they do a lot more compared to others...but im glad they provide the ladders...the 28 foot it about 350 dollars and the other one is 140....a lot of the tools except the satellite specific ones most people who do work around their house will own.
 

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either a late model taurus, or maybe one of the early fusions or milans
 

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Nice! Though, don't look like your ladders come down for you to carry... I think I prefer the ladder rack on my GMC than that... Just looks more secure...

One day though, they ought to give you the van :p

Put wear and tear on their crap instead of your crap. I can't wait until they give me a brand new Ford E-250. Replace my POS GMC Savana 3500.

Though with the engine somewhat burning oil, perhaps that may come sooner if the engine blows :D
 

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QUOTE (Qwertz9586 @ Jun 16 2009, 02:25 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=732643
You have to use your own vehicle? WTF?[/b]
It's actually pretty common in the cable/satellite industry. Unless you work directly for the cable/sat company (which isn't often, there are a lot more jobs external than internal), and they often pay a lot more, though not always. For example the local cable company here only pay techs about 10.00/hr. If you work for the company they sub through, you get paid per job, I know a few guys who do that, whos check averages out to about 1500 every two weeks. They use their own vehicle, but they make 1500, vs. the 800 the guys driving the cable vans make, so thats 3k a month vs. 1600.

The company I work for does have company vehicles though. They give them out on performance not senority though. So there are guys who have been their for years with no van, then there are guys (like my trainer) who was there 2 months and they gave him a van. But you do get paid quite a bit extra for gas and the wear and tear on your vehicle.

And Tauruskev, its actually a lot more sturdy then it looks. I had my classroom trainer, + the site manager (main boss of the location) check it out and they liked it alot, apparently a lot of guys try to half ass putting the ladders on their trucks or suvs, like one guy tried to just bungie them to the top of his explorer, they weren't having that.

And yeah full size vans have those awesome ladder racks. If I ever do get a company vehicle it won't be a Ford. They only buy Chevy expresses. :(

But I really like the job. I start solo on the 6th of July (Like probationary period between training and production.) Then I start regular production at the end of July.
 

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Oh yeah, everything I buy for work is going to be tax deductable too, so you better believe I'm saving all my receipts.

I'm also switching cell phone carriers, as T-mobiles coverage isn't good enough for some of the places I have to drive to.
 

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Ooooh, a Chevy Express, that means my GMC Key might have a 1 out of 3 chance of working in your Chevy! :p


We're big on Fords, mainly because they are good work trucks... It's kind of pathetic, I can go up to almost any GMC/Chevy in our fleet, and my key will most likely operate that vehicle. We didn't buy it that way either. Since some of these vehicles were back before our current company owned the vehicles, so some of these vehicles belonged to other cable companies, but now that it's one big company, we also own all the trucks :)


I'll admit this, I have grown fond of my GMC. Mainly because I now have it the way I want it, and I cleaned it :p


I know for our company, working for them (I'm not a sub), you instantly get a vehicle once you pass the safety course on driving. I got my vehicle while in training, but I passed and got my van certification. They have others too, for like the bucket trucks, box trucks, trailers, etc.

Company pays for everything for my van too, so that's nice.

Also if you're going to switch wireless providers, Verizon has nice coverage. Anywhere I go it seems like, I get coverage, while other people I am with, don't. I've been overusing my Verizon phone at work, so now I am low on minutes, so I've been using my work phone lately to even it out for other stuff :p

Check to see if your company gets special discounts with them. I know I get discounts on all the big wireless providers, including AT&T! Haha

At least you have the right vehicle for working decently. I've seen one of our cable contractors using an early 90's Escort Station wagon, with the big huge ladders on those, and spools of coax in the back, poor 88 horsepower engine. Bet that thing barely moves...
 
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