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Wed May 29, 2013, 05:17 PM

Would You Work For a Scientologist?

I just turned 50. I've been working for a company out of Clearwater, FL for just shy of a year

I earn a living wage, and the company offers FREE health, dental, vision, and life insurance. Most of the people I work with are very nice, and I enjoy the work I do.

Last week I found out the owner is a Scientologist. I've since discovered that roughly 70% of the employees are also Scientologists.

I'm really not a fan. Seriously.Not.A.Fan.

Do I sit the golden cup down, or do I drink?

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Reply Would You Work For a Scientologist? (Original post)
demwing May 2013 OP
gcomeau May 2013 #1
Rex May 2013 #2
demwing May 2013 #7
Rex May 2013 #8
hrmjustin May 2013 #3
mulsh May 2013 #4
KamaAina May 2013 #5
demwing May 2013 #12
KamaAina May 2013 #13
Lint Head May 2013 #6
edhopper May 2013 #9
demwing May 2013 #17
HappyMe May 2013 #10
NightWatcher May 2013 #11
Ohio Joe May 2013 #14
Tien1985 May 2013 #15
MADem May 2013 #16
demwing May 2013 #18
MADem May 2013 #23
DesertFlower May 2013 #19
Egalitarian Thug May 2013 #20
cherokeeprogressive May 2013 #21
kwassa May 2013 #22

Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:20 PM

1. If you've been working there a year...

...and only found this out now I'm guessing they don't bring it up in the workplace. In which case, non issue. If you like working there nothing should have changed that right?


On the other hand, if you found this out *because* it's started to get brought into the workplace then different story...

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:21 PM

2. Who cares what they are? Are they trying to make you join?

If not, then why care about it?

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Response to Rex (Reply #2)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:33 PM

7. Would you work for Papa Johns?

Walmart?

If my labor supports the "church" I have to care.

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Response to demwing (Reply #7)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:37 PM

8. You also have to be selfish and worry about yourself

and your family if you have one. Scientology doesn't worry me as much as Walmart or Papa Johns. Then again, I have no idea what their political leanings are. If their religion bothers you that much, then seek employment elsewhere. BUT FIRST, take care of yourself and make sure you have another job first before giving them the 2 week notice.

Take care of yourself FIRST and FOREMOST.

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:25 PM

3. If you can't work there the just go but if you need the work and they are not pushing it on you

than stay.

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:27 PM

4. if they start trying to recruit you be sure to get a current price list. Every step up their ladder

has a price. Religion aint free and scientology is about as far from a religion you can get and retain that tax free status.
you might try making Operation Clambake your home page at work and see if any one notices. I especaily recommend this if they actually do start trying to recruit you.

http://www.xenu.net/

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:27 PM

5. $cientology is based in Clearwater

You might want to poke around someplace like http://www.xenu.net to see if the company has any actual ties to $cientology, like being owned by them.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:46 PM

12. They gave me the OCA test during interviews

Didn't know it till I followed your link.

For those that care, the OCA is a bogus personality test used by the church

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Response to demwing (Reply #12)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:48 PM

13. More on Clearwater and $cientology

from the excellent Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times).

http://www.sptimes.com/2004/07/18/Tampabay/Scientology_s_town.shtml

I'll bet your company is a member of WISE, sort of a $cientology Chamber of Commerce.

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:32 PM

6. Apparently you have for a while and didn't know. Personally, if I knew up front I would not.

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:40 PM

9. Think of it this way

all the money they pay you is money not going to the "Church".
Unless they make it an issue and your workplace is good, I would keep the job.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #9)

Wed May 29, 2013, 07:10 PM

17. good point

I feel better already

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:41 PM

10. It doesn't seem like it has

mattered up until this point.

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 05:43 PM

11. As long as they dont ask you to lop off your junk, put on a new pair of Nikes, and get ready

to join the spaceship, you're ok

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 06:53 PM

14. Not for very long...

There are some things for which I have very little self control... Messing with fundies is one of those things. I'm certain I would be fired before long

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 06:54 PM

15. If you quit

Please clue others in on where to apply.

Snark aside, if they aren't dragging religion into the everyday workplace experience, keep your job.

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 06:59 PM

16. You won't get unemployment if you quit.


I don't care for those people--I think they are weird, controlling and nutso, but if they aren't bothering you, keep your job and look for something better on the side. When you find it, quit, politely and without telling them they suck, and move on.

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Response to MADem (Reply #16)

Wed May 29, 2013, 07:11 PM

18. I think you're right

go, but on my terms

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Response to demwing (Reply #18)

Wed May 29, 2013, 08:54 PM

23. No one should expect you to throw yourself on your sword

over "principle." We all do things that are not fun, but necessary, and "principle" isn't going to "put food on yer family" as The Porge used to say!

Take your time and find a good place to jump.

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 07:21 PM

19. i wouldn't have a problem with it as

long as they didn't try to convert me.

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 07:27 PM

20. My first reaction is; Run away! But, if you're in Floriduh the odds are pretty steep that anyone you

 

work for is reprehensible in some way, so as long as they treat you well enough that you are satisfied, you might as well stay there.

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 07:43 PM

21. Quit. After all, the economy is roaring back and jobs are now a dime a dozen last I heard...

On the other hand, my subject line could be sarcasm.

When you go to your next job interview and the interviewer asks "Why did you quit your last job?", what do you say? Personally, if I were the interviewer and the applicant said "I quit because I can't stand their religion", you'd immediately be a Tier 2 applicant. That's just me though...

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Response to demwing (Original post)

Wed May 29, 2013, 07:57 PM

22. I worked for Catholic Charities without being Catholic

and there was no religious test or questions.

The program was important and good, helping refugees.

and I have no regrets.

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