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Re: interesting info
« Reply #285 on: Apr 22nd, 2006, 7:21pm »
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on Apr 22nd, 2006, 4:15pm, daven wrote:
The $90 parking fee makes the higher rental prices of the carlyle ****n easier to justify.  No parking fee and no commuting expenses. Wink

 
Thinking about your post, i probably misinterpreted/misunderstood. Living at the ****n Carlyle you do save having to pay the PTO any parking fees and there definitely are no commuting expenses. That is the reason why i live here.
 
The PTO will reimburse subway/bus expenses up to a certain amount ($115?). But the time savings can't be reimbursed, and i know people who spend 45+ minutes each way commuting.  
 
There is another place right behind Madison, a block off Einsenhower, called the Carlyle Mill i think. Its maybe a block further than the ****n Carlyle and maybe a bit cheaper but not much. I know people who live there.
 
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Re: interesting info
« Reply #286 on: Apr 23rd, 2006, 4:28am »
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on Apr 22nd, 2006, 4:51pm, guest wrote:
Don't think you can get a job here without going through training unless you are returning to work here (they do hire people back if they don't like life in the real world).

 
My unerstanding is that not all art units were using the 8 month stint in the pta.  Perhaps its possible to avoid an extended training period.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #287 on: Apr 23rd, 2006, 8:19am »
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Yes, its definitely possible to avoid the 8-month training - it is for TC2100 and one other only. I know people who only did the 3-week session this year. But i think the OP was asking about NO training, which probably isn't possible if you haven't worked there before.  
 
I think the long sessions are partly because they aren't sure what they're going to do with all the new people, the buildings are getting crowded as it is. Our workgroup more than doubled last year alone. They seem to be relying on the new hoteling program to free up enough space, but POPA isn't backing it and crying foul. Who knows.
 
Welcome to life at the PTO all you newbies! Wink
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #288 on: Apr 23rd, 2006, 9:35am »
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Hi All-  I am starting in June as a new examiner..  When I interviewed my SPE presented lots of nice aspects of working there: flex time, comp time, bonus awards, casual dress, etc.  I just read the March POPA newsletter ( http://www.popa.org/pdf/newsletters/2006_03.pdf )  and it seems there are lots of examiner quality of life issues which the PTO is slowly backing out on.  I wanted to ask 1st hand opinions on some questions:
 
What is the "acceptable" dress code?  There is an account in the POPA newsletter of a recent hire who apparently got rebuked for wearing jeans.
 
Are the issues between examiners and management always so seemingly standoff-ish?  Again, the recent newsletter seemed to make it sound like examiners who were wanting to make it a career were losing benefits by the year and that the recent proposed changes by management would only INCREASE examiner departures for the private sector.      
 
For what its worth, based on the few conversations I've had with my future SPE, he seemed like he would be a great supervisor to have.  Many of the issues laid out for grievence in the newsletter looked like they were dependant on an examiners relationship with their SPE.  Is their truth in this?
 
One last question-  Do examiners ever switch art units?  I am just curious if after a few years in one unit there are opportunities to see some different areas?    
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #289 on: Apr 23rd, 2006, 4:05pm »
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on Apr 23rd, 2006, 2:47pm, RogersDA wrote:
The dress at the USTPO is quite casual.  Jeans are very common.  Management tends to be more business casual to business formal.  I am not familiar with the issue you are refering.  

 
There was recently a report in the March 2006 POPA newsletter suggesting that a "business casual" dress code was being enforced at the Patent Training Academy and that new employees were being admonished for wearing jeans or casual shirt types.
 
My personal take on POPA is that they do tend to take a very pessimistic view of management proposals.   For example, when anything is proposed to be left up to the discretion of manager or supervisor, POPA routinely envisions the policy being implemented by the worst supervisor imaginable.   When reading POPAs newsletter the continuing pessimistic tone does erode POPA's credibility.
 
However, I also believe that at least some of POPA's pessimism can be justified by management actions.   Management does have at least some history of trying to avoid/wiggle out of agreements and interpretting agreements in strange ways not to the benefit of the examining corp.  
 
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