Office Space Clip: Tom Smykowski Interviews with the Bobs

Here’s a clip, courtesy of Hulu, from one of my favorite Movies, Office Space. In this clip, Tom Smykowski, an older guy who has a cushy job in a technology company, faces a team of efficiency consultants nicknamed “The Bobs”.

Tom Smykowski is played by Richard Riehle, Bob Porter by Paul Willson and Bob Slydell by John C. McGinley.

This scene, while funny, is a familiar one to many older technical workers who are often placed in dead end, pseudo-management, jobs rather than being given the opportunity to expand their horizons through further training. When review time comes or “The Bobs” come to visit the company, they’re the typical cannon fodder for personnel cutbacks. I’ve been there myself. I had thought of this clip after watching Vic’s video about why he hates online scammers and, as it happened I found the clip on Hulu.

Anyway, let me know if you’re and fan of the movie and if you’ve been in a position like Tom. Oh, and I’m going to have to ask you to come in on Sunday too and finish up your TPS Report.


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Comment by Amanda
2008-04-14 20:09:17

Really cool film… For a long time looked it, only in bad quality

Comment by trade show booths
2008-08-17 09:46:05

hi Frank,
You have outstanding taste in movies. Office Space is one of my top ten movies of all time. The stuff in the movie never really happened to me when I worked for a corporation (3M)… for that I thought the British TV series The Office was a bit more spot on. The US TV series ROCKS too.
Yeh, Office Space is great. Thanks for reminding me about the two Bobs and the TPS report.
~ Steve, purveyor of TPS-free trade show booths

PS. Comment didn’t post the first time so I’m trying again. Arrggghhh….

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