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By Cloaked User (Sat May 19, 2007 at 12:53:32 PM EST) (all tags)
Regular readers will know that from time to time I talk of resigning and getting a new job.

This time, I'm joined by the rest of the department.



Things change... Friday saw our last day in civilisationcentral London. From Monday, the company will be based in Hammersmith. This is a complete pain in the arse for me, as it's likely to increase my commute from an hour to an hour and a half. On the plus side, I'll no longer have to use the Cuntral Line; on the down side, Hammersmith is a shithole compared to Covent Garden.

Worse still, our new management have fallen in love with off-shoring. But it's ok! We won't be affected! We'll still do the technical architecture here!

Except that we're programmers, not architects, and by "technical architecture" they really mean "design and oversight and compliance, and all the other crap that goes with making sure that the third party developers don't fuck up right roylally". Even this would be understandable - not acceptable, but understandable - if it weren't for the attitude of the senior management team. Our concerns about the workability of the idea and the affect on our jobs and careers make the plan "slightly contentious". No, you condescending twat, I'm seriously considering taking legal advice as to how significant a change to my day to day work has to be before I can start talking contractual changes, redundancy and constructive dismissal. Meanwhile, the bulk of your development department refused free drinks partly because you'd be there (and partly because the bar you chose sucks) and instead bought their own beer elsewhere, and talked about whether or not to wait the month for the bonus before resigning.

Me? I'm half tempted to stick it out to the bitter end, then potentially get legal on their arses. They want to make us consultants, so they can charge us out at an even higher rate. Well, my contract says "Senior Programmer", and I ain't signing another one, not at this company. There's a word for the situation in which a person's job no longer exists, and laws pertaining to it...

Anyway, enough of that crap, it's Saturday night, I'm getting nicely drunk and it's nearly time to go out! This is the first Saturday I've been free for ages, so I'm taking full advantage of it and going to Slimelight. Unfortunately most of my clubbing friends can't make it, but I'm not going to let that stop me from having a good time!

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wait by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat May 19, 2007 at 07:27:58 PM EST
You're redundant?  That means 6 weeks of free money.

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More than 6 weeks. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun May 20, 2007 at 08:28:27 AM EST
But I can't be bothered to figure out how much.

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Dear Sir by jimgon (4.00 / 2) #3 Tue May 29, 2007 at 03:40:09 AM EST
Run.  Run as fast as you can.  You do not want to be involved in this total clusterfuck in hopes of eventually being terminated and collecting severance pay.  As the systems you've cared for slip into chaos and the management shows no regard you will be driven to the edge.  Run.  Don't walk.  Run to the nearest exit.

I've been doing this for three years now.  The only thing that has kept me running screaming into the night is being management.  The sytems I used to support as lead programmer?  I don't have to look at them, and I don't.  My access to compile code was removed when I became management.  That's been a boon, but ultimately what keeps me going now is the hope that I'll find a job and walk away before the bill comes due for the long term structural damage being done to the systems.




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Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."

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