14 People Share Secrets From the Industries They Work In

Once you work in a certain field for a while, the secrets of that industry don’t seem like a big deal anymore.

But when you’re on the outside looking in, you’re totally in the dark about what exactly is happening on the inside.

Well, now we’re all in luck because we’re about to hear some secrets about a bunch of different work environments.

What are the industry secrets in the field you work in?

Let’s see what folks on AskReddit had to say about this.

1. This is good to know.

“Used to screen resumes for small companies.

Job “requirements” are more of a wish-list situation. Never let some unchecked boxes deter you from applying – you have no idea what the applicant pool is like.

The biggest boon, especially at small companies, is someone who legitimately cares.”

2. Pile on the butter!

“There is way more butter than you think in almost every dish you eat at fancy restaurants, and that is usually the reason you won’t see the amount of calories in each dish.

Source: 5 years as a chef in Italian cuisine head chef, 8 years in an Italian kitchen.”

3. Uh oh…

“Former bath and body works associate here.

The scents they “discontinue” will come back with a different name and new marketing.

They’re just recycling the scents.”

4. Don’t tell me that!

“Some therapists/counselors are on the wrong side of the couch, so to speak.

If you feel your mental health provider is unhinged, they may very well be.”

5. I would never do that.

“Former aircraft fueler.

Don’t check your pets in kennels. Especially in summer or winter. They are submitted to some very harsh environments, left on belt loaders in the sweltering heat right next to a running APU that’s loud enough to deafen human ears, let alone a dog’s.

It’s terrible. I always feel so sorry for them.

American Airlines will destroy your luggage. They get overloaded on carts, fall off on the way to the plane, and are left there to get run over by tankers and yes, fuelers, and rained on, then dragged to the edge of the ramp to sit all night while you arrive at your destination and wonder where the hell your bags are.

If your departure is delayed, 90% of the time it’s us (the fueler). Look out the window to the right side if it’s a small plane, left side if it’s a really big plane. If there’s a truck sitting under the wing, we’re the reason you’re late.


6. Into the landfill.

“At Goodwill, 50% of what you donate ends up in the trash because we don’t
have the space for it.

Or we just deem it too ugly.”

7. Precious gems.

“I used to work in jewelry.

Most of the prettiest gemstones are also very affordable. Tanzanite is a beautiful purple and looks nicer than amethyst. Topaz comes in lots of colors, including a pretty blue color which can be as nice as aquamarine.

Opals aren’t as brightly rainbow hued as they look in pictures.”

8. Buying in bulk.

“If you’re someone who purchases bulk nuts, grains, etc. Just know that those bins are probably rarely cleaned, and even when they are “cleaned”, odds are they were just rinsed out/wiped down to look clean.

I used to be a bulk buyer at Whole Foods Market and when I took over our bulk department had no cleaning logs or sanitizing procedure.

The bins had moths/insect colonies and mold in them. Our store was opened nearly 5 years prior.”

9. Top of the list!

“It costs about $200,000 to put your own book on the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

All you have to do is buy a lot of copies yourself.

And if that bestseller status helps you sell more books, you can make that $200,000 back by selling the big stock of books you’ve collected.”

10. Use it!

“Construction here.

If your windows or sliding doors are tough to open and close. 9 times out of 10, we put your own dish soap on tracks and the thing works perfectly.

It take 5 minutes and we charge 150.

Dish soap people! It’s better than wd40 sometimes.”

11. Keep coming back.

“Weight loss industry.

This might be obvious, but most of our business comes from return clients after they’ve gained their weight back (and then some).

To be clear, the plan isn’t rigged to make you gain it back, but the fact that it happens easily as a result of dieting keeps us in business.”

12. Wow!

“A lot of successful artists at a certain level of success do nothing more than create a concept and employ several assistants, who are either current or graduating art students, who actually make the art itself, its reproductions or both.”

13. TSA.

“As a former TSA worker, airport security is a lot of theater.

TSA is constantly failing plain clothes inspections. I worked with a guy who got fired because someone showed him an ID with a picture of Mickey Mouse on it and he let the person through because he wasn’t paying attention.”

14. That’s good to know.

“Managed boarding and grooming kennels for 8 years: the secret is that the employees actually do love your pets too. Even the difficult ones, most of us realize they just miss their people.

The number of times I’ve weeped when a pet died, or spent way too many hours comforting a dog with separation anxiety, or spent hours off the clock with a boarder who needed to be rushed to a vet office…wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Some pets just suck though, not gonna lie.”

What are big secrets of the industry that YOU work in?

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