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By jimgon (Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 09:25:56 PM EST) (all tags)
Contained below is my status report.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

This was another in a long series of weeks where writing "I quit" on a slip of paper and leaving it on my desk for someone to find later was a serious option.  We implemented part one of big project last weekend.  My boss was pushing hard and furious to get phase two started and not giving me any time to think about it.  Basically I was being forced to pack forty hours of planning into ninety minutes on something that is a multi-million dollar impact to the company.  Also I was jumped in responsibility once again, this time to program manager.  I get paid to be an entry level project manager.  So my stress level went through the roof.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I also just picked up two other part time projects.  It was announced Thursday that the executive committee wants to delay the start of part two. 

Over in the IT department this week two people got fired for being dumbasses.  Never email a manager telling him that you think he would be better at managing your area than your boss.  Really.  They did it.  They got fired.  If one had written on a semi anonymous internet forum and got fired, then I could feel for them.  But really?  An email knocking your boss to another manager?  What the hell did these guy's expect?

Also on Friday I sent a suggestion to my boss's boss (my area VP).  He forwarded it to the CEO who responded that he was for it.  Time from me writing the email to having the CEO's green light?  Twenty-five minutes.  When I was in IT this would have taken three months and wouldn't have my name anywhere on it.  I was shocked.  Shocked I tell you.

Saturday morning my wife and kids joined me at one of the local Lodges for breakfast.  I had a project meeting for my leadership class.  So they tagged along and we spent some time that morning.  I then had a two and a half long project meeting.  This is for a leadership course I'm taking though Masonry and is to benefit a portion of Massachusetts Masonry.  It's a cool project.

Today I started working on the spring yard clean-up.  Technically I started two weeks ago, but today was the day to start cleaning up the debris from the ice storm a couple months ago.  I started with a hand saw, but will need to switch to the chainsaw for the next phase.  Also I need to get a chipper to get though the small branches I'm collecting. 

Lastly, as anyone who has ever read my diary before is accustomed to reading, I'm still looking for another job.  I don't think I've really stopped in the last five years.  

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I'm confused by creo (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Apr 26, 2009 at 10:53:05 PM EST
You bitch about your boss forcing you to jam 40 hours of planning into a 90 minutes session for a multi million dollar project (whilst being paid as an entry level PM), stressing you out to the max.

Then you call two guys who are fired for telling the truth and trying to flag an obviously important issue with another manager dumbasses.

From where I sit, there is one dumbass, and it is not the guys who were fired....

I don't regret a minute walking away from all that corporate double speak bullshit. You should try it - you will not be as wealthy, but you will be a lot happier.


"I shall do what I believe to be right and honourable" - Guderian

Getting fired by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 07:16:00 PM EST
Having been on the receiving end of being fired for something I wrote I would much prefer to be on the end of leaving on my own terms.  I'm sure these two guys do too.  If you're not happy with your job you find another one.  You don't try to engineer moving your department to another manager. I intentionally over simplify my diaries to avoid such a thing as being fired for writing.  Been there, done that.  It's easier to find a job when you don't have to explain why you don't have one after being fired.

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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"I'm going to a commune in Vermont" by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 07:10:53 AM EST
"and will deal with no unit of time shorter than a season."

From the last paragraph of page 5 of this.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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