10/30/15 Working Life
We are preparing our seventh annual edition of the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces and are hearing from hundreds of employees at local companies who have shared experiences like this:
•"I never hate coming to work. I feel appreciated. This is where my education is focused, and I feel that I have a future with this company."
•"Management not only cares about their customers and clients, but their employees and the employee's family. They understand the balance between work and home. I feel like I matter in the grand scheme and am not just a number."...
Not once in her 37-year career in the U.S. Army did Ann Dunwoody have a female commanding officer.
Every step of the way — from her first day to her retirement in 2012 — she reported to a man.
Of course, that's probably not surprising, considering that when Dunwoody joined the Army, women were relegated to the Women's Army Corps.
A lot changed in 37 years.
In 2008, Dunwoody became the first woman promoted to four-star general in U.S. military history. Her role was to oversee the Army's logistical arm, a force of 69,000 soldiers and civilians with a budget that would have put it among the largest 50 companies in the country....
TAMPA — Miles Allen wowed his friends with impressions of characters from the show Breaking Bad. He put those impressions on YouTube. The video was viewed millions of times and Allen eventually formed a one-man Breaking Bad parody show that he has taken worldwide.
That is to be admired.
Indeed, Allen, who performed the first of three One Man Breaking Bad — The Unauthorized Parody shows at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Thursday, has energy and creativity to burn. If you're a fan of the show, you'll certainly feel among friends in the cozy Jaeb Theater as Allen takes you through a madcap recap of all five seasons....
An elderly woman arrived in the lobby of the Tampa Bay Times several weeks ago and asked to talk to a reporter. She had been scammed and wanted to tell her story.
I invited her to my office and she talked for about a half-hour about how someone had wrung thousands of dollars from her by taking advantage of her love for her grandson. She thought sharing the story would prevent others from being duped....
Last year, more than 31,000 employees from 184 companies in the Tampa Bay area told us how much they liked their jobs.
The result was our sixth annual special section identifying the region's top workplaces.
Now it's time to do it again. The Tampa Bay Times is accepting nominations for its Top Workplaces 2016 edition. Maybe your employer can crack the Top 100.
If you love your job and your company, this is a way to show it off, just as employees with Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel did last year when it was named the top workplace among companies with more than 500 employees....
From 12:30-1:30, we'll talk to the author about how he successfully grows a back yard garden full of vegetables in Florida each year. Click here to follow along.
Some gardeners like to grow vegetables during the summer in Florida.
Sure, not a lot of vegetables can stand the heat, but okra grows tall and muscular; eggplant, black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes thrive; some varieties of peppers and herbs can grow....
In April, the U.S. secretaries of commerce and energy took a trip to China, bringing with them representatives from more than 20 U.S. companies that are considered leaders in green technology and business. Some of those companies were giants — GE, Honeywell, Qualcomm and Lockheed Martin.
With them was Tim Tangredi, CEO of Dais Analytic Corp., a clean air and water company of about 30 employees in Odessa....
For decades, older Americans have abandoned their hometowns in the Great White North to head to warmer days in Florida for retirement.
But a new study by AARP suggests they are leaving behind some of the neighborhoods that are best suited for them.
The AARP released a Livability Index on Monday that takes a number of factors — housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity — to rank every neighborhood and city in the nation for those over 50....
So THAT'S what a Chicago sunroof is! "Now we know!" AMC hit Better Call Saul wrapped up Season One on Monday with some of the sublime spinoff's best moments … and, alas, most disappointing. Your beloved team of feverish Saulers — Sean Daly, Michelle Stark and Chris Tisch — have mixed emotions about the finale, titled "Marco," which didn't exactly pay off with a heavy cliffhanger (or a return to Omaha and Cinnabon) (or a nice tasty Breaking Bad reference to make us all pant). Herewith, the crew …
CHRIS: Well, guys, I'm not sure what to make of that last episode. Kind of meh, frankly. After building a lot of momentum up to this point, I thought this last episide just kind of treaded water. Jimmy goes back to old times, lives his old life for a bit, loses his friend and returns even a little bit more motivated than before. … I think we get it. Where was the kicker, the holy cow moment? I just didn't see it....
"Slippin' Jimmy with a law degree is like a chimp with a machine gun." And there we go: When Space Blanket Chuck absolutely nuked his brother with that icy dismissal, it certainly seemed like the final soul-crushing shove for our favorite legal anti-hero, Jimmy McGill, to finally cross-over into shady Saul Goodman territory. Last night's ep of AMC obsession Better Call Saul -- titled "Pimento" -- was a doozy. And to think: There's one more hour left in the debut season. Holy moly. Herewith, our fervent Saulers Sean Daly and Chris Tisch get all heavy & stuff in dissecting the best show on television.
CHRIS: "Hail, Satan. I submit to the dark side." Oh, Jimmy. How prophetic that statement will come to be. But Jimmy's transition to the dark required a betrayal -- and with last night's episode, Sean, we got it in a big way. Chuck sold his brother out. And Vince Gilligan and crew uraveled that betrayal with heavy foreshadowing and a brooding eventuality....
With only two episodes left in the debut season of Better Call Saul, University of American Samoa alums Sean Daly and Chris Tisch are in a frenzy. Surely something awful yet awesome (and holy-moly Breaking Bad-ish) will be cliffhung soon, right? Space Blanket Chuck doesn't seem long for this world. Saul loves Kim more than we thought -- but will that end in nookie or tragedy? And as for Mike -- our favorite fixer is about to go dark for the sake of his granddaughter. Herewith, the boys sound off on last night's installment, "Rico."
When talking about his company, Tech Data Corp. CEO Bob Dutkowsky uses the word "nimble" a lot. It's a trait the company needs in the constantly changing world of technology, where today's gadget can be obsolete in a year and the next hot thing can pop out of nowhere.
"This is a really dynamic time, and it demands that companies like Tech Data be very nimble to be successful," Dutkowsky said Thursday afternoon, hours after the company released yearly and quarterly financial results. "Even though we're big, this year we proved that we're very nimble . . . but we have to work hard to be even more nimble."...
Chris: Well that was fun!
What a great episode, Mike's apple-chow-down break-in scene a highlight of the season so far, like something out of a Steven Soderbergh movie, complete with funky soundtrack and panache to burn.
I know this ep featured two things that haven't really struck your fancy so far, Michelle - the Kettlemans and Jimmy's relationship with Kim. But I think both storylines coalesced beautifully here, adding depth and nuance to Jimmy's character. Another little thing I noticed: While Jimmy was thumbing through his law books in search of embezzlement, he first flipped through the entry electricity - perhaps a reference to Chuck, his strange illness and his efforts to overcome it. Throw in Jimmy's clever little trick leaving the files behind for Chuck to review, and the show seems to be striking at the theme of pondering whether questionable means can justify the ends....
While Sean is off trying to make himself look more like Matlock, Chris and Michelle take on the latest episode of Better Call Saul, "Five-O," focused on the one and only Mike Ehrmantraut.
"He put me on a pedestal and I had to show him I was down in the gutter with the rest of them." - Mike
Michelle: Excuse me, Chris, while I continue to mop up the tears from last night's Better Call Saul. By far the show's most meaningful episode yet, "Five-O" is an excellent showcase for Jonathan Banks' Mike and a triumph for the show in terms of weaving the longtime Breaking Bad character's fascinating backstory into the Jimmy McGill-centric dramedy we've been watching so far. If this is an indication of what Saul can do as a TV show, I'm definitely all in....
A new study ranking the "hardest working cities in America" has Tampa and St. Petersburg pretty far down the list.
The study by WalletHub ranks 116 of the nation's most populated cities. Tampa tied with Miami for 66th and St. Petersburg came in tied with Minneapolis for 78th.
Orlando was the highest-ranking Florida city at No. 28.
Anchorage, Alaska, topped the list. Burlington, Vt., came in last....