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tpratt From: tpratt Date: May 3rd, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

I've had worse employers

The company I work for is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, who is controlled by Warren Buffett. Surpluses of funds are distributed amongst employees who have been with the company over one year at the close of the fiscal year. Like I was talking to you about (albeit briefly) when I saw you in Carlsbad, this last year was surprisingly strong, and my regional office's share was 24% and change. That was 24% of my annual salary. The first 10 percent automatically was deposited in my 401(k) and the other, heavily taxed portion I received in a check. That went for everyone where I work, from the cafeteria personnel to the Regional Vice President. I'll go out on a limb and state that Buffett's got more of a backbone when it comes to currently unpopular societal stances, too. Snopes has an article about Berkshire Hathaway companies being targeted by red staters because they support the right to kill unborn babies. Overall, I don't have much of a problem with the guy, or the company I work for. I do think Gates shit the bed on that whole gay thing, though.
cpratt From: cpratt Date: May 3rd, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: I've had worse employers

Gates had nothing to do with the gay thing. It's complicated, very stupid, and not something I can talk about publicly.
tpratt From: tpratt Date: May 4th, 2005 12:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


I knew I shouldn't have said anything. Now I feel like a real dope. Why do I have the impression that he did something, or responded to something, that made it worse for GLBTG employees? Then again, you just said you couldn't comment...
Oh well.
cpratt From: cpratt Date: May 4th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: D'oh

Don't feel like a dope. So far, Gates' contributions to the ongoing train wreck is him openly musing about whether or not Microsoft being for or against anything has been politically effective; specifically, he referenced his historical support for gun control legislation, which had no effect on its passage [that is, it didn't pass].

It's all very lame, very incompetent, and somehow very Microsoft.
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