CAREERS: Where I Work - Burton St. John III - Comms programspecialist - US Postal Service

How long have you been in your job? 12 years.

How long have you been in your job? 12 years.

Describe the space you work in I have a beautiful view of a parking garage from a third floor window in a typical, stately post office. Occasionally, I can also see some undernourished sparrows. And, for the first time in years, I have a real office with a door that keeps me free of cubicle drafts.

Do you socialize with your colleagues? Yes, but on the run. Usually hi, how-are-you, got-to-go conversations.

How often do you see your boss? He spends most of his time in Chicago, so he only comes here a couple of times a year to see what a Super Bowl-performing team looks like. (Hey, it's closer than New England!)

Who is the smartest person you work with? The Postmaster of St. Louis.

He knows the language of operations, but he also knows the language of people. He shows that you can build bridges and cooperation by asking instead of telling. People appreciate the interest revealed by good questions.

Who is the craziest person you work with? We have a customer relations coordinator in our office who talks on her desk phone and her cell phone at the same time. When I call her, I can never tell who she is speaking to. She proves that two ears aren't always better than one.

How often are you still there when the cleaners come round? I don't know. They shut the elevators off at 6pm. Sometimes I think that guy might be in there.

What is the best thing about working there? The hectic pace.

What is the worst thing about working there? The hectic pace, and its tendency to make me forgot something I'd said earlier and repeat myself.

What's been your biggest mistake while working there? Calling that aforementioned customer relations coordinator about her phone habits - she put me on hold.

What is the biggest thing to hit your office in the past year? One word - Trenton.

Sneak us a good piece of gossip from your office? There is no truth to the rumor that we are irradiating Viagra in the mail!

Number of PR dept. employees: 1

Address: 1720 Market Street, Room 3009, St. Louis, MO 63155-9341

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