The new job is going well.

Figured I’d take a moment to post a small update while eating lunch. This is my second full day at the new job and the first on which I’ve actually helped resolve a few issues. The biggest challenge is, of course, learning my way around and this process isn’t helped by the fact that the building is one big triangle that looks more or less the same no matter where you are. It makes getting turned around pretty easy, but I’m starting to pick up on the minor cues that give you some idea of where the heck you are. There’s still a large part of the building that hasn’t had offices built in it yet, though, so anytime I stumble into one of those areas I know I made a wrong turn and should try a different route.

After only two days here I have to admit that I’m seriously hoping this gig goes full-time before too long. The opportunity to expand my skill set is just incredible with everything from Windows 2000/XP/NT/NT Server/Server 2003 to SGI Unix boxes to Redhat and SUSE Linux boxes including Linux clusters and plenty of opportunities to learn more about network administration. There’s new technologies coming in all the time and it appears there’s plenty of resources to get the job done. The company is straddling that medium/big sized threshold right now so a lot of the stuff I had to deal with at Ford in terms of restrictions or limits on how to accomplish things doesn’t exist here. Granted some of this is the early infatuation that sometimes comes with a new job, but it’s all very exciting and the people I’ve met so far have been very supportive.

Shortly after I arrived here last Friday I was introduced to the CFO who sat me down and said that he was aware the current position is below my skill level, but they offered it to me because I’d been out of work for so long and they wanted to help. I was told that he fully expects me to continue to search for a good full-time position and that if I need to take time off to go to an interview that all I needed to do was let my manager know about it and it wouldn’t be a problem. He reiterated that this job could go full-time with an increase in pay at some point, but he couldn’t make any promises so he didn’t want to discourage me from considering other offers if they came along. I thanked him again for the opportunity as any income is better than no income and it sure beats the hell out of working for Best Buy or Meijers.

The job is officially considered part-time and temporary, but there’s no stated limit on how long I can hold it and I’m able to work as many hours as I want so I’ll be pulling down a full-time schedule as much as possible. I’m considered hourly so when I don’t work I won’t be getting paid so the week between Christmas and New Years is going to eat into my first paycheck and I’m back to being paid once-a-month, but other than that, and the lack of benefits, I can’t complain too much. The drive isn’t too horrible though it gets sticky in a couple of spots. All in all I could be—and was—worse off.

Of course life isn’t content with giving small victories without a corresponding defeat. The same day that I started this new job my wife, Anne, was let go from hers. This is going to make it particularly difficult to keep the bill collectors off our backs until my first paycheck comes in on the 10th of next month, but we’ll try to find a way to pull it off.

6 thoughts on “The new job is going well.

  1. Sounds like you’ve landed on your feet, even if it isn’t perfect.  Having a CFO who appreciates your position is great.  Onward and upward!

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a company that encourages you to keep looking right after they hired you. That sounds like a great company. Then again, I only know one CFO and she’s the CFO of Red Bull. I do get lots of free Red Bull though.

  3. Les,
    I’m glad that you’re liking the new job.

    I’m sorry that Anne was let go from hers.

    My thoughts are with you that everything will work out somehow.

    I don’t know what else to say.


  4. Sounds like you have a pretty neat-o boss wink

    Commiserations to Anne, life in the SEB household sounds like a game of Snakes and Ladders!

  5. Holy shit dude.  I don’t think ive heard of a
    Meijers [my rrrs] even sounds funny to say. I
    think it’s been the better part of ten years since
    I’ve even seen it in text…

    Congrats on the new job and welcome

    Systems Admin hell. [again] They’re all just stepping
    stones to more money. I wouldn’t do this if they
    didn’t pay me like they do. I hate my parasites
    umm err.. developers/users. I dont know you but
    from what I gather you’re the kinda guy that can’t  
    just show up every day and fuck off. Remember if
    you touch it, it goes on the resume. Hardware or
    software.  Even if you don’t know it that well. A
    well resourced Sys Ad is the best.  I’m forever
    looking shit up that I dont know or doing new
    stuff I’ve not done before. Often above my head
    but somehow you just gotta come out smelling like
    a rose and pull it off. Besides you look real busy
    when you research. This also comes in handy for
    migration hell in the future. The notes keep me on
    track.. but never task. 

    I’ve found that documentation early on saves
    anguish later in life. I keep daily notes in
    pencil and I dont travel without my notebook.
    Infrastructure-all of it. Any “procedures” for
    setting up all of the goodness you make.. print
    them out or bury them on the back of a file server
    somewhere you can get to.. I’ve been “accounts
    terminated” before and lost good shit and hard
    work. No matter what a company says, your custom
    “setting up keyless ssh” is not thier property
    nor is it proprietary. Cover your ass.

    I know I know eneough unsolicited advice.

    Good luck. tongue wink

  6. Sheesh. I was all congratulating you on the new job, and apparently having sincere superiors (being new on my (first) job as well, I had to learn that there ARE apparently such people!) and then I read about Anne being let go. To top it off, my best friend didn’t get the job she was hoping for either.

    Hope it all works out for you and your family in the long run!

    “I believe the struggle for financial freedom is unfair
    I believe the only ones who disagree are millionaires”

    Affirmation – Savage Garden

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