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Posted by SimpleMan (Member # 2860) on September 14, 2004, 05:41:
 
OK, I just found out about this one. I want a better job than what I have so I was flipping through an online job site and found out that the BesT Buy in my area is hiring. Yes, I know...the Best Buy blue people or smurfs but hey at least it is better than what I have right now. I put in an app and in the same day I was asked for an interview. Now they are hiring for computer jobs through their "Geek Squad"...check this out: http://www.geeksquad.com/main.asp

I would like to know if any of you have any experence with this or know anything about it. All I can say is that this is just plain geeky. You gotta love it. [Smile] Thanks for the input. [Razz]
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on September 14, 2004, 05:48:
 
Hmm, their website doesn't work very well if you don't have flash enabled by default (Firefox with click to play flash plugin).

What sort of geek is attracted by a flash dependent website, anyway? </grumpyoldman>
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on September 14, 2004, 06:37:
 
I'm moderately sure best buy is ripping off nerds on site. Or perhaps nerdsonsite ripped off someone else.

I know nerdsonsite is like an entrepeneur thing. You pay them a huge amount of money, and use their software and their suppliers to sell (I think.) and they just send you the contacts when people call the 1-877 number. It's a good idea, but their prices are outrageous, and I'm not overly sure their 'nerds' really have any clue what they're doing, but that's neither here nor there.
 
Posted by SimpleMan (Member # 2860) on September 14, 2004, 06:38:
 
This is true...all that flash sucks. The site is very choppy and laid out bad. I had to launch (aaarrrggghhh) IE to view it. I do not like flash so I never installed the Mozilla plug in for it. I find Flash annoying. It is the "image" that they portray that is so funny. Can I see myself dressed like that fixing computers? LOL Do you know how much fun you can have with that look? LOL I know that the job is not my dream job but it is a stepping stone to a better job. You have to start somewhere. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by SimpleMan (Member # 2860) on September 14, 2004, 06:49:
 
By the way, we have in our area a service called: Geeks For Hire. This is a service that you call an 800 number and they dispatch a Geek to your location to fix stuff. The business is your own business and you "use" or "lease" the GOC name, car, image, etc. What Best Buy did was purchase the Geek Squad company and add it to the Best Buy company to offer more services to the public, so it was already an astablished company that Best Buy bought out. The GOC in our area drive around in Pt Cruisers. I just wanted some input on it if anyone knew anything about the company. I was offered an interview and because this would be my first tech job other than help desk...I would like to have it. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Doco (Member # 371) on September 14, 2004, 07:22:
 
Geek Squad was an independant company - and I knew a couple of people who worked for them (with them??) It was pretty geek oriented and at times had a lot of independant contractors working under their umbrella.

Now I can't speak as to how geek friendly it has been since the BestBuy buy out. I'm sure that the founders have done well with the deal and kudo's to them for pulling that off. I haven't really talked with anyone for a couple of years that worked there. (Dang perl mongers meeting switched night and now conflicts with other stuff - sigh)
 
Posted by SimpleMan (Member # 2860) on September 14, 2004, 08:01:
 
I thought that I would ask because I am not a big fan of Best Buy because every time you go in there you had better know what you are looking for and avoid the Best Buy Blue People because many of them have no clue. Kinda like Radio Shack...you know "You've got questions, we have blank stares". [Big Grin] Thanks for the help. [Razz]
 
Posted by Bibo (Member # 1959) on September 14, 2004, 08:34:
 
I know a guy that works on the Geek Squad and seems to enjoy it. Some of the Geek Squad members look more like nerds due to the way they have them dress.

The thing with Best Buy is they are all about sales (well that and making the customer happy about the purchase they made. So not only will you need to be a geek, you will need to be a geek with social skills and comfortable with one on one interaction and any conflicts that will arise with customers that are upset about losing all their data etc...

But you will also be making house calls. You just might get a woman that wants you to mount a hard drive into her new case. (que the porn music) "Oh that is such a big hard drive you have there. Are you sure it will fit?" [Wink]
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on September 14, 2004, 08:45:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Bibo:

The thing with Best Buy is they are all about sales (well that and making the customer happy about the purchase they made.

If customer satisfaction is on best buy's company agenda, then they've failed as a company. Period. They're a KNOWN bully to customers. If selling is #1, and customer satisfaction is #2, then that #2 is *WAY* down on the list.
 
Posted by SimpleMan (Member # 2860) on September 14, 2004, 11:10:
 
I have to agree, Best Buy is really bad when it comes to knowing their product. Also about the computer tech job...I am visually impaired and can not drive so they would have to keep me in the store behinfd the counter...which sucks because I would love to be mobile. [Smile] But I just have to do what I have to do. I have a Cellphone sales job that I was offered so today is my first day on that job. I will try it and see if it is for me. [Smile] I would rather have the computer tech job and I think you all understand why. [Smile] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Mac D (Member # 2926) on September 14, 2004, 14:00:
 
quote:
The GOC in our area drive around in Pt Cruisers
Just an FYI Geek squad has Balck and White VW New Beetles
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on September 14, 2004, 18:55:
 
Nerds on site use red vw beetles.
 
Posted by SimpleMan (Member # 2860) on September 15, 2004, 05:43:
 
In our area the service Geeks On Call drive PT Cruisers. [Smile] By the way....my first night on the new job I got selling cell phones was kind of a let down. I have had no training and the manager was not even there. I was working with a new hire of 2-3 weeks and she did not even know that I was coming. Now does that leave you with a good first impression of the company/manager or what? LOL I have an interview @ Best Buy today....and yes I know that Best Buy is not the best in the world when it comes to knowing what the heck they are doing but at least it is more money than I am making right now. [Smile] I am gonna keep trying with the Cell Phone joint.....it is called Wireless Retail Inc, but the girl was there all day and sold nothing...not one phone. Her best day has been two (2)....thats 2 freakin' phones. Stand around for 8-12 hours for zero-two phones a day???....boring. LOL All I want is a chance at a decent entry level job that is somewhat task work....you know, the "give me something to do and leave me alone and I will come get you when I am done" job. LOL Anywho, thank you all for the input. I will keep trying and trying and trying and something good will turn up. Never, ever, ever give up. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Doco (Member # 371) on September 15, 2004, 07:51:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Bibo:

But you will also be making house calls. You just might get a woman that wants you to mount a hard drive into her new case. (que the porn music) "Oh that is such a big hard drive you have there. Are you sure it will fit?" [Wink]

Oh no - don't go there - at a previous employer I knew several guys who had previously worked doing cable-tv installations. They had no "good" stories - just horror tales about finding out that people who really should wear a lot of clothing are the ones that don't wear undergarments. Just their descriptions was enough to make me want to gouge my eyes out - I can't imagine actually being subjected to such sights.
 
Posted by SimpleMan (Member # 2860) on September 15, 2004, 07:57:
 
OK, I just found out that the Best Buy that I am interviewing for has not yet adopted the Geek Squad in that store. I would be working in the tech department for Best Buy. They said they are trying to get Geek Squad in this new store but as of now it is still Besy Buy tech department that I would be interviewing for. Now, does that change anything at all? DOH [Razz]
 
Posted by SimpleMan (Member # 2860) on September 23, 2004, 05:17:
 
OK, just so you will know, On Friday I go for my 3rd and final interview with Best Buy. I found out that in the 2nd interview I was 1 of 300 being interviewed. Now that I am going into the final interview I am not sure how many I am up against. I just wanted you wonderful folks to know. Everybody has got to start somewhere so this would be my big start. [Smile] Yippie [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Mac D (Member # 2926) on September 23, 2004, 06:08:
 
I work for a technology company, It's fun but I can afford the product here. lol I don't know exactly what I would do with it. I work Here
 
Posted by Mac D (Member # 2926) on September 23, 2004, 06:12:
 
Sorry typo in there I CAN'T afford the product. I wish I could
 
Posted by Bibo (Member # 1959) on September 23, 2004, 07:41:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mac D:
I work for a technology company, It's fun but I can afford the product here. lol I don't know exactly what I would do with it. I work Here

Cool, we had a DisplayMaker at the place I worked at in the 90s.
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on September 23, 2004, 12:14:
 
quote:
Originally posted by SimpleMan:
OK, just so you will know, On Friday I go for my 3rd and final interview with Best Buy. I found out that in the 2nd interview I was 1 of 300 being interviewed. Now that I am going into the final interview I am not sure how many I am up against. I just wanted you wonderful folks to know. Everybody has got to start somewhere so this would be my big start. [Smile] Yippie [Big Grin]

The are interviewing 300 people. [Eek!] That seems counter productive......have they heard about prescreening?
 
Posted by Twinkle Toes (Member # 1208) on September 23, 2004, 14:09:
 
From what I determined from their site, I can pretty much say that I don't like them. The default to Flash would be very annoying, and the format ('sleep mode') for "Agents In Action" is very unappealing and bothering. But mainly their concern with outfits and stereotypes is what bugs me. To me it seems to be just another striving attempt to attract buyers using psychological pre-associations with geeks to 'high waters', conservative wear, caffeine, and glasses. Not all geeks wear glasses, and not all drink caffeine or even react to it similarly. And above all, not all geeks are comfortable in high waters and formal clothing! The characteristic that should be associating with geeks pertaining to clothes should be "comfort," and it is apparent that not all are comfortable in suits, ties, and shiny shoes. I'm not saying that 'high waters' aren't comfortable. They're just pants; if they fit, they work. I would still be wearing mine if I could fit into them, but I don't go looking for a pair - I don't care. You shouldn't have to buy clothes to be a certain type of person.

Mm.. sorry for the rant, but it needs to come out now and then. I'll just leave on a positive note saying that I think CompUSA is the greatest. Everybody's friendly and knowledgable, and their musical taste is totally bodacious [Smile] . Is there anything bad about them?
 
Posted by Mac D (Member # 2926) on September 23, 2004, 14:21:
 
I like CompUSA also but my favorite is micro center They have every thing. Includeing a Mac section and they carrie more Linux stuff then most places. I know CompUSA has a Mac section and some Linux stuff but not nearly as much as Microcenter. It's a great place.
 
Posted by Twinkle Toes (Member # 1208) on September 24, 2004, 08:06:
 
They seem pretty neat, but there aren't any Micro Centers around Washington. *shrug*

I really like going to CompUSA, and I would more regularly if it were closer to me... There's a Circuit City practically across the street from here, so I buy stuff like my graphing calculator and my thumb drive there though. I think the people at our C.C. are coolo, concerning those who actually know what they're doing (with computers). I just met a Canadian-Norwegian software specialist there a few days ago whose into Numismatics like me - how rare is that?
 
Posted by Weirdwes (Member # 2982) on September 26, 2004, 12:44:
 
I'd just like to add that I used to work for Best Buy and while I wasn't in a store or on the Geek Squad I can tell you it, BB is a joke. The reason most of their employees are clueless as to what the products are is because there really isn't a training program in place. The one they do have is all about making sales, selling warranties and making sales. Finally, once you walk out of that door with product in hand you better pray it works flawlessly until your old and gray. Because if it doesnt, you'll probably never get any help in getting in fixed.
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on September 26, 2004, 12:54:
 
Comp-screw-SA is just crap - plain and simple. MicroCenter, on the other hand, is a geek nirvana. It's a very good thing there isn't one near me, or I fear I'd spend a bit too much money on cool stuff. The next time I go out to the island to see a friend of mine, I'll probably ask him if we can go to MicroCenter again [Razz] . Good deals, no pressure staff, and an awesome selection make for one very happy dragon [Smile] .
 
Posted by Allan (Member # 1717) on September 26, 2004, 13:25:
 
have been in London for the weekend, and Micro Anvika have a G5 iMac on display. Anyone want to buy a kidney?

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by SimpleMan (Member # 2860) on September 27, 2004, 18:41:
 
I am not a big fan of CompUSA either. I do not like the little gimmicks like hidden return charges that they do not tell you about. I am visually impaired and was looking for a laptop. This was not that long ago that I was doing this. I have never used a Mac...I am sorry to say...but wanted to dive into it. I could not afford a powerbook but I could afford an iBook 14.1 inch, so that is what I bought. Now I know that my ingnoance of OS X is my own fault but I never could get the screen set to where I could see it...and make it stay that way...the OS would always go back to default becuase the large size I needed was not "recommended" by the OS so it would always reboot small for me. My iss ue was that I simply could not see the screen...but in WinXP I knew how to make it do what I wanted it to de, etc. I am still gonna own me a Mac someday amd will make sure I know how things work by learning and such ahead of time. My complaint with CompUSA is the 15% return fee they charge....that is pure crap. Take a nearly $2000 notebook and throw away $300 because they never told me about a return fee. Needless to say I have not been back to CompUSA. Because of that litle stunt they will not see any of my money again. [shake head]
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on September 28, 2004, 03:43:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Allan:
have been in London for the weekend, and Micro Anvika have a G5 iMac on display. Anyone want to buy a kidney?

[Big Grin]

Mmm... (now where did I put that chianti...? )
 
Posted by SpAgent (Member # 3008) on October 11, 2004, 09:02:
 
I worked for the Geek Squad for a fewyears BEFORE the Best Buy acquisition.

The owner sold out all of his employees when he got a deal from Besy Buy. It went on for about a year once he started talking to them. They would come in and look at our operations and ask us questions. We all knew it would eventually be sold to Besy Buy. But Robert kept telling everyone, "I would never sell the Geek Squad, it is my creation, and no amount of money will get it from me." Well, that changed in the fall of 2002.

He always said he would take care of all of us if he sold, he didn't take care of anyone. Screwed everyone in my opinion.

But, good for him, got himself a nice VP position at Besy Buy and never looked back at his original crew.

Everyone that has left the Geek Squad (before the sale) created their own companies and took a lot of business away from the GS. Almost all are independent contractors who own their own companies, or moved on to a lot better things. Ended up making a heck of a lot more money doing it themselves also. (And taking better care of the client)

The Geek Squad was a group of guys that knew their job damn well, and got taken advantage of while they were employed by Robert.

Best Buy bought the home version of the Geek Squad. Myself and many others took care of the business side. Robert is a silent partener in a company in Minneapolis that does the business side of service now. I believe he partnered with Techies.com and can be found at www.333tech.com

I am in no way affiliated (thank god) with either business, and left some time before the sale. In my humble opinion, the owner was a self inflated ego trip prick. He stole everyone's ideas and made them his own. The company thrived because of the techs, and he sold everyone out and ran with the money. All of those involved that helped make the Geek Squad a thriving melting pot of great technicians and knowledge of what it came to be when it sold - received nothing.

I think he is the head of operations for putting the GS in all of the Best Buy stores nationwide. I am surprised he is able to work in a corporate environment, since what I know of him......he doesn't work well with others.

As for their current status at Best Buy? I still get calls from people who stopped in to Best Buy Geek Squad and asked questions, then called me to ask. Funny how things never seem to change. I don't think Best Buy will ever have good service....Geek Squad or not.
 
Posted by NigHtsTiCk (Member # 3053) on November 02, 2004, 00:38:
 
How about calling Best Buy the BIGGEST Bang in the world with no K-Y. First, some of you are correct about their shit for brains service. Most of their employees don't think about solutions, like the ones about strangling the Admin until they get the pay they need to survive. This is across the board in most jobs.

As far as competence, look at the average driver behind the wheel. This shows less intellect than most packs of hungry wolves. I have driven professionally with Cell phone handsfree devices. Excellent ones may I add. Had to actually fight with the employer and force them to install complete hands free to keep both my hands on the wheel may I add. Even when I asked for that, very rarely I would not notice a light and almost run it since my mind was on the conversation not the YELLOW to RED light. I'm not being prejudice here mind you, and thank you for reading this far. When you get behind the wheel, do this for the safety of yourself and the others.

Living in the land of manana, people were more relaxed here before we had the jump in immigration from the other 49 states, not just the immigration from where people work hard and smart. These college graduates drive like ants in a bucket (cutting each other off, rude hand gestures, shooting each other, etc). When persons get behind the wheel, they need to do just that. DRIVE! Don't talk on the phone, eat, read, apply makeup, etc. DRIVE! Unfortunately, the immigrant causes a drop in pay in most cases, complaints don't reach proper channels notice we all still eat fruits and vegetables when we desire, while the majority of the world endure starvation among other problems.

This mixture of intellect can cause accidents with the those that think, and those that think too much!!! Thinking too much causes too much paperwork, admin staff (college flunkies) not to mention More Taxes to cover the admin staff's investments. LOL. Money will always command most persons desires until knowledge is more valuable then money. When money causes you to conform to someone’s ideal for his or her profit you lose. When we choose to not accept that conformation then do we ideally chose our real profit. Putting that admin responsible for their own conformity laws then they will have to fill those spots they have made so confining and know the true conformities of the ways of earth, man, and or woman. Sort of like a politicians prostituting themselves for causes lining his pockets for his vote regardless of the state he represents opinion.

Back to our working geeks, don't work for some other idiot. Work for yourself and let the word of mouth spread the fire that other people do this cheaper and probably better. On the other issue of political problems I'm afraid there is no real solution due to the selling of our vote and yours. When those politicians create laws to keep them in office how does our vote get them out! Catch them fucking their secretary, boyfriend, or sodomizing some little boy or girl! WTF is wrong is our vote will never get them out since they are the ones that vote each other out and or have to change those laws. Hey, I would probably do the same thing if I became a millionaire and was able to write these idiotic laws. These politicians don't get social security, so how can they vote on something that doesn't affect them. Much less trust their judgment of them after they sold their hoochie to the highest bidder. Let's take their retirements and infuse that into the social security benefits and have them lower their benefits including them into the social security coverage. Let's see how they vote then! OH, that's right, they wouldn't do that..... HA!!!
You see, Hippocratic Democratized Re-public thinking. Whoops, what was I thinking?

Thanks for reading this if you had the patience.
Please leave a response. I would love to hear some other ideas out there about this BS I just wrote.
 


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