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Piracy is an act of robbery or criminal violence by ship or boat-borne attackers upon another ship or a coastal area, typically with the goal of stealing cargo and other valuable items or properties. Those who engage in acts of piracy are called pirates, while dedicated ships that are used by them are called pirate ships. While the term can include acts committed in the air, on land (especially across national borders or in connection with taking over and robbing a car or train), or in other major bodies of water or on a shore, in cyberspace, as well as the fictional possibility of space piracy, it generally refers to maritime piracy. It does not normally include crimes committed against people traveling on the same vessel as the perpetrator (e.g. one passenger stealing from others on the same vessel). Piracy or pirating is the name of a specific crime under customary international law and also the name of a number of crimes under the municipal law of a number of states. In the early 21st century, seaborne piracy against transport vessels remains a significant issue (with estimated worldwide losses of US$16 billion per year in 2004), particularly in the waters between the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, off the Somali coast, and also in the Strait of Malacca and Singapore. Today, pirates armed with automatic weapons, such as assault rifles, and machine guns, grenades and rocket propelled grenades use small motorboats to attack and board ships, a tactic that takes advantage of the small number of crew members on modern cargo vessels and transport ships. They also use larger vessels, known as "mother ships", to supply the smaller motorboats. The international community is facing many challenges in bringing modern pirates to justice, as these attacks often occur in international waters. Some nations have used their naval forces to protect private ships from pirate attacks and to pursue pirates, and some private vessels use armed security guards, high-pressure water cannons, or sound cannons to repel boarders, and use radar to avoid potential threats. Pirate attacks largely occur in a few “hotspots” around the globe and are driven by a number of factors ranging from corruption and institutional weakness to fishing conditions and a lack of economic opportunities.


Piracy in the 21st century (commonly known as modern piracy) has taken place in a number of waters around the world, including the Gulf of Guinea, Strait of Malacca, Indian Ocean, and Falcon Lake. - Caribbean: Due to the crisis in Bolivarian Venezuela, issues of piracy returned to the Caribbean in the 2010s, with the increase of pirates being compared to piracy off the coast of Somalia due to the similar socioeconomic origins. - Falcon Lake: Piracy on Falcon Lake involves crime at the border between the United States and Mexico on Falcon Lake. The lake is a 100-kilometre-long (60 mi) reservoir constructed in 1954 and is a known drug smuggling route. - Gulf of Guinea: Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea affects a number of countries in West Africa as well as the wider international community. By 2011, it had become an issue of global concern. - Indian Ocean: Piracy in the Indian Ocean has been a threat to international shipping since the beginning of the Somali Civil War in the early 1990s. Since 2005, many international organizations have expressed concern over the rise in acts of piracy. - Strait of Malacca: Pirates in the Strait of Malacca near Indonesia are normally armed with guns, knives, or machetes. Many reports on attacks could have gone unreported because the companies are scared of the pirates attacking them more often because the company told the authorities.

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Front window at concessions stand (Former Employee) says

"For spring training in Florida, they offer $9 an hour. They used to pay more than that several years ago, but now they get senior citizen volunteers to be greeters for free, so they think all labor should be free. Florida is a horrible place to try and get a job for this reason--seniors who retire with big fat pensions from somewhere else are willing to work for peanuts just to have something to do, so it skews the whole job market and makes employers like this think they are entitled to workers for barely over minimum wage. Not only low pay, but horrible scratchy polyester shirts that soak up the funk in the Florida hot sun and that funk never quite fully washes out of artificial fibers so it is funk compounded every time you wear the world's cheapest fabric. I liked the fans and the carnival atmosphere of spring training, but they don't offer the employees any perks, not even giving them a lunch or a hot dog-- they'd rather trash any left over food than let their $9 an hour employees eat it. For that and for everything else I have little respect for the ultra cheap manager that does the hiring for spring training. Giving the workers a 'free' baseball cap as part of their uniform is not really a job perk. They need to offer something better to their workers."

Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) says

"This job has taught me about myself. I have grown as a young adult and was able to learn what I can handle and how to juggle many tasks at once."

Internship (Former Employee) says

"It was interesting helping with the pirates when in college. However the team sucks, and the fans know it. Very hard to get excited about this organization"

Cleaning Supervisor (Former Employee) says

"Work environment is ok,the work environment is dirty, it's not hard work if you are a hard working individual. The people that work there are ok everybody have there nights."

Pittsburgh Pirates Account Executive (Current Employee) says

"Culture is lacking, but in a transition period. Team is also down which is hurting our business. Had a great culture but a lot of management left so it is rebuilding phase."

Concessions-Part-time Seasonal (Former Employee) says

"The management that started in Spring of 2016 and wanted their own crew... Cons: no respect from management"

Hostess/Usher (Current Employee) says

"Let’s just say that I worked for them 13 years ago. I was re-hired and had to start from the bottom, which means, you weren’t guaranteed a lot of games, even if you filled out a schedule. Cons: No breaks, no health care etc...no perks..(they lie)!"

Baseball Operations Intern (Former Employee) says

"I was a baseball operations intern and I was thrilled because this was my first job in the industry. I wasn't too familiar with baseball ops, I figured it had a lot to do with recruiting, which it does, but I was on the logistics side of things. Most of my time was spent looking for something to do and being glued to a computer. Everyone was nice to me but I never got any assignments to help on even though I would ask so I was mostly just bored. Didn't have any game day responsibilities either but the people in the department would sit in a suite with their laptops and get work done."

Professional Baseball Player (Former Employee) says

"I was drafted in 2016 by the Pittsburgh Pirates and was released out of Spring Training in 2019. Although my career with them ended early than I had hoped or anticipated, it was a once in a life time opportunity."

Game Day Staff (Current Employee) says

"First consider this is only a part time job during the MLB season on game days,at PNC park. This should not be taken to represent the baseball team. Cons: Weather can be at the extreems, wet, cold or hot. Under appreciaed for trying to do things right or taking initiative."

Concessions Cashier (Former Employee) says

"This was a summer part time concessions position!!! Cons: Difficult to even get a bathroom break during games."

Baseball Intern (Former Employee) says

"Assisted scouting and baseball staff from Philadelphia while completing my degree. By creating draft databases and researching high school and college prospects while finishing my degree from Philadelphia, I was able to learn about database management, research and development, and time management."

Dugout Cleaner (Former Employee) says

"the management for the overnight cleaners was very poor. items needed to complete the job would go missing with no clear way to track it down. when management did help, the task of finding the supplies was more daunting than the actually task of cleaning. and the pay i was receiving wasn't worth all the work that goes into cleaning the dugouts at all. on top of that, i have to pay to park my car when i worked. Cons: management"

Game Day Security (Current Employee) says

"This is a great place to work, if you like sports and interacting with people. The management takes care of you, and even though there are over 100 people on the game day staff, the supervisor knows you by name. I enjoyed working there and hope to continue next season. Cons: Unpredictibility of games, weather delays"

Pro Baseball Player (Former Employee) says

"I joined them after leaving the Phillies in mid season as the Pirated were trying to beef up for the playoff drive to try to win the pennant Cons: Not getting as much playing time as i had hoped"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Pittsburgh Pirates full-time Cons: Terrible organization with senior management who are like high schoolers who belittle and bully."

Former Employee - Security Supervisor says

"I worked at Pittsburgh Pirates full-time for more than 8 years Cons: Pay. Learning on your own. Management. No advancement."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Pittsburgh Pirates full-time Cons: No mid or long term plan for success (little planning at all) Inconsistent leadership Waffling management Incompetent executives who make unqualified decisions Under budget important areas and hemorrhage excessive amounts in over-spent areas Heavy staff turnover due to the way they treat their employees with unrealistic expectations"

Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative says

"I worked at Pittsburgh Pirates full-time Cons: pay, management, and work-life balance"

Former Employee - Street Sweeper Operator says

"I worked at Pittsburgh Pirates full-time Cons: not guaranteed time while team is out of town"

Former Employee - Anonymous says

"I worked at Pittsburgh Pirates full-time for more than 3 years Cons: If this job wasn't in baseball, it would be terrible. Leadership is complacent (or in some cases, completely non-existent), there is no ambition to achieve anything great. Goals and targets are often unrealistic and pulled out of thin air. Turnover is incredibly high because of few opportunities for advancement and terrible pay. If the team is doing well, everything's a lot of fun, but as soon as those attendance numbers start dropping you'd better believe they're going to start cutting "perks" left and right. If you're willing to do the same rote tasks every year in exchange for a bad salary and getting to see some baseball games, this job is definitely for you. They're not going to fire you for bad performance, so you can definitely skate by with a lazy attitude (although they my lay you off at random when they start running out of money, which I witnessed more than once). But if you have any real desire to do something impactful, seek employment elsewhere."

Former Employee - Account Manager says

"I worked at Pittsburgh Pirates full-time for more than 8 years Cons: As a salesperson you have no ability to control the product on the field yet the team president doesn’t understand why sales are down and has unrealistic expectations. Hourly wage isn’t enough to live on. Goals are unachievable so you barely make commission. Sales staff that has been there for 20 years gets away with stealing sales from others and is never reprimanded so they continue to do it. HR advised us we could lose our jobs if we worked off the clock, but due to dwindling staff, we had more game day shifts to pick up and had to cut back our daytime hours so we wouldn’t go into overtime. It’s more difficult to hit your goals if you have to cut back hours at your desk during the day. Most people work in this industry because they love the grind and don’t want to be restricted with hours. Departments have no budget for outings or anything to show employee appreciation. We had an annual bowling outing that was discontinued."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Pittsburgh Pirates full-time Cons: -Negative environment in the front office -Low pay -Senior Management has a "like it or leave it" mentality -New ideas are not accepted or valued"

Current Employee - Account Manager says

"I have been working at Pittsburgh Pirates full-time for more than 8 years Cons: There is no opportunity to control the product you sell and service. Customers are emotionally driven and your paycheck is decided as such. Hourly wage that is awful. You make all your money in commission, but there is a 6 month period where you don’t receive any at all. It’s difficult to budget when you don’t know what your goal is until after you sell it. Major issues. Have gone 10-12 months at times without direct leadership, seems as though no one wanted to address it."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Pittsburgh Pirates full-time for less than a year Cons: Low pay, lack of direction, withholding our commission pay for 5 months, living off an hourly rate, major PR problem"

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