Pros: free boxseats at a sporting event (once), friendly coworkers, good pay, and decent work
Cons: too much travelling to and from work, there were some coworkers who escalated things too quickly, some times the work given was rather overwhelming
A typical day usually involved showing up to work early. Resting in the offices until the work day began. Then I would go and grab the tools from on site and begin whatever task it was that I was doing that day. Depending on where I was, or who I was working with, there could be some friendly conversation while we worked. That would continue until lunch – more... rolled around where I would usually go buy some food. Coworkers usually did their own thing at around this time. Then it was back to work until the end of the day.
While working for CAP REIT I learned how to work as part of a team as well as various other specific skills relating to the kind of work I did, from digging window wells to painting. Time management was a big thing while painting, cause you could only go so far in each day because most surfaces required a double coat. So we would have to paint a certain distance until lunch and then break. When we got back we then had to coat the same portion again.
I would say that the hardest part of the job would have had to be the travel to and from locations. The days started at eight but considering I lived two cities/towns away I would have to wake up before six almost every day to make it into work on time. Similarly the trip back was as long, if not longer some days, because I carpooled with family. So sometimes I would be waiting around until seven before I could even head home. That stretched eight hour workdays easily into twelve+. It was brutal. An other thing that was difficult was procuring the right tools. Often time the maintenance team relied on location staff to procure the tools before we showed up but they didn't always know what they were getting and so on occasion we got lower quality tools then would have been preferred or the wrong tools all together.
Some of the most enjoyable parts of the job often revolved around the coworkers. As a maintenance worker, the locations I worked shifted quite a bit and so I had the opportunity to meet different people while on the job. There were some exceptions, but by and large the building staff that I met were all very nice. The work itself wasn't bad either at times. Painting hallways and digging window wells were tasks that you could find a rhythm with which made the day go by smoother. – less