Saddest Cubicle Contest

David Gunnells of the University of Alabama at Birmingham won Wired’s recent Saddest Cubicle contest. He had to send in two pictures of his cubicle, because you can’t tell there’s really an “office” tucked behind those filing cabinets!
His desk is penned in by heavily used filing cabinets in a windowless conference room, near a poorly ventilated bathroom and a microwave. The overhead light doesn't work -- his mother-in-law was so saddened by his cube that she gave him a lamp -- and the other side of the wall is a parking garage.

Wired also has pictures of ten runners-up.

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Crud; I could have so won that, if I'd known about it. The cube pictured looks pretty nice next to what I endured for the last 18 months. The company I work for just moved to a new building (where I have a nice office with a view!) after spending way too long in the old building. It was worth the wait.
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I remember working across from a girl who would listen to many of my phone calls and comment on how well I handled particular calls. It was nice to be complimented, but also utterly lacking in privacy.

I remember strategically placing a foil balloon so my boss wouldn't have a clear view of me from several desks over. The endless sea of desks was a depressing sight.
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That's not so bad at all. I think the endless office landscapes with five feet tall cubicle walls are by far worse. No privacy, no space that you can feel is your own, just crap. In comparison I'd love to work in a place boxed in to such a degree. Privacy is worth gold in an office environment.
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