My current working conditions are similar... Meh, might as well go into a bit of detail...
I worked in open air office for first 2 years at my current job. Constant phone calls going off literally right next to me, since there were two salesmen there. No earplugs or headphones allowed, ya know, since I couldn't possibly hear the phone when the boss or his wife wanted to call me for misc unrelated projects.
After the first two years here, I was moved 5 feet to the left and into my own "office" after the boss finally got around to taking his old desk out of here.
You'd think everything was great from the looks of it... There's a door to the outside in here and there's a door to the office separating the noisy part from my little space. Sounds good, right? Well, no. The outside door has been screwed shut for "security" since before I even started here, I learned. Also the inside door is not permitted to be shut. The reason? Not a direct quote, but essentially, this office "has the most heater register in the building and everybody gets cold if the door is shut, so you can't do that in here."
So I moved 5 ft. to the left and actually wound up worse off, cause one of the walls to my office has the bathroom behind it, and there's this 1 inch gap between the two walls creating a gap opening directly between my office and the bathroom... not to mention the 5 inch gap at the ceiling... Not only does the smell just seep right through, when the door is open, all the noise from every room in the office, not just the sales dept I was formerly stationed in, just funnels right into my office and it's actually noisier than ever here.
No complaining, though. Many have gotten fired for that before. Criticism not allowed!
tl;dr I've only worked one place before, and as far as I know, it's normal. Also, anyone out there have a replacement job for me? :P