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Class Differences

At the previous gig, I worked in a class A office building with paneled walls, stone floors and luxurious fixtures in the public areas. My current gig is in what, at best, is a class C building. It’s a former telephone company central office that used to house switching equipment used to connect and route calls over the public switched telephone network (I’m sure that means nothing to most of you). The building was decommissioned as a central office and converted into office space. Since most central offices are windowless, window had to be cut into the building as part of the renovation. The raised floor was left in place and carpeted over. It’s not a glamourous place, which is fine by me. I rather work at a great gig in bland building than work in a high-end building for a company that’s worse than the seventh level of hell.

The elevator at the last gig with terrazzo floors:

The elevator in the present gig with industrial carpeting:

And no, I’m not wearing the same pants in both pictures. The top pair is a dark navy while the bottom is black.

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Five Miles Per Hour


I feel like I’ve gone from the second level of hell to paradise in a few days. I’m only two days in but the new job is going well and should continue on that trend. I’ve brought skills to team which the other team members don’t possess. The office is quiet. The atmosphere is casual but professional. Everyone uses a headset for conference calls instead of a speakerphone turned up to full volume as the morons in the last gig did. The bathroom is clean. I’ve yet to find pee on the floor. The only minus is the commute home at night. It’s hellacious. The last four miles on the highway tonight were at five miles per hour. Thankfully, I’ll soon be able to work from home a few days a week and leave early on the days I don’t.

Have you been watching the halfpipe competitions on the Olympics? I’m amazed at the skill and abilities of men and women snowboarders. It’s off the charts.

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Dirty Dishes

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This is the sink in the breakroom this morning. Yet again, someone left dirty dishes in the sink even though there’s a sponge and dish soap available for use. I’m so happy this is my last week in this hellhole.

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Leaving Is Trending

My work son, JC, submitted his resignation today. He was fed up with the place. He lined up an internship as a software developer along with two part time jobs to cover his monthly expenses. He’s willing to work three jobs to get out of the “hellhole”. Sadly, our departure will leave WF alone to fend for herself against the Indians. WF has been looking for a new position within the company. She’s great at networking so I expect she’ll soon find a new position in a department without a horde of H1B visa workers.

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It’s A Risk

I landed my new gig without an interview or a resume. That’s not the experience I had when I was job hunting in the first seven months of 2017.

I received a call from a man I worked with years ago. A woman I worked with previously recommended me for a position he needed to fill. Two other former peers also said I would be a good fit for the job. The man gave me his pitch. He remembered my work ethic and reliability along with my client relationship skills. The position supports new product introductions and user acceptance testing. I’ve done both in previous gigs.

The position is with the client who went bankrupt in 2016 and couldn’t renew my contract. That may be a shock to some. The private equity owners of the company traded their equity for debt forgiveness. The remaining debt was restricted. A new board and leadership team was installed. The company emerged from bankruptcy in December and went public in January. The company is smaller and leaner. It is no longer being strangled by $6B of debt.

The new gig is a significant salary increase and offers the opportunity to work from home. I’ll also be returning to 1099 status which offers more tax advantages for me. It’s a risk but I can’t stay in my current job.

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The Good And The Bad

My contract was signed today. I start my new gig on February 12th. I’m emailing my resignation letter to the New York consulting company tonight. Sadly, the new firm laid off a significant number of people today. I’ll be walking into an environment where the company tossed employees out the door and brought in consultants. I’m thankful the need for my skills was identified before the layoffs.

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A Minor Setback

The VP who approved my contract at the new firm was let go today. My contact said it was a shock to hear she was no longer with the company. I’ve been assured I’m still wanted and needed but the transition may take longer than expected. I was hoping to be able resign my current position today but I’ll have to hang in there a little longer.

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