2007-03-15

A Goodbye...

Today was my last day at my current working location. It is strange to leave a place where I have worked for 7 years and 15 days exactly. I'm not leaving the company, but the place, the friends from other departments that are staying.

I will miss specially the ladies, since in our new location there won't be a single lady in the floor I'll be working: just men. I usually say that if you put too many men engineers in the same place without a single women things fall apart. I say this because the conversation level degrades...

A women would make all the men automatically be more self-conscious and avoid having conversations in slang or anything worse. To all those that stay in the old location I wish the best of luck and happiness with their lives. For all those that like me will be pursuing a new adventure I wish also the best luck and happiness. For those that have left or will leave I want to say this: I understand and although I'll miss you, as friend I have to tell you to pursue your happiness.

2007-03-09

Accepting an Offer...

This was a different week. The company I work for is moving locations and I considered their offer unacceptable. Well, they made another offer and I decided to accept it. Although I feel like I sold myself, I can't stop and think that I'm still taking a huge risk. Part of what was proposed to me still hasn't been confirmed and three years from know I'll probably be loosing money if I continue in the company. I'm still thinking if I should sign the agreement without having this confirmation. It makes the risk even greater.

But with that fact aside and if things go according to the plan I'll start working on the new location next Friday. I honestly believe that things won't go according to the plan because it involves changing 80 persons from 4 different locations to a new building that is from 4 to 250Km where those persons currently work. It involves changing people's machines, bindings, pencils, lab machines that are almost never turned off, the UPS, phones and so on. If things work smoothly it will be due to those that are involved in the change. I say this because the plans are still being written as I write this...

But all changes have a bitter side. There are already people that announced that they are leaving. There many reasons to leave, but the main one is the fact that the new location is too far away and they simply don't want to change because they would loose a lot of money every single month. There are those that will accept the proposal but will always be on the lookout for other opportunities. These are the ones that need the money and will be loosing money every single day, but they have loans to pay. This all leads to a break in the team spirit. A spirit that has been struggling to survive for a long time.

On top of that I honestly believe that it will be harder to find new workers in the new location. The location where I'm working today is is close to 3 Universities that pump out workers every year that meet our exact requirements. The new location has only 1 University close to it and doesn't seem to pump out any real worker, you know, the kind that actually writes source code. But it seems there is another University that is not so close to the new location that also pumps out workers that meet our requirements. Since those guys don't have almost anything in the region and end up moving to the major cities, the company will offer them a different alternative. The price is the traveling time. Maybe they will end up thinking like I'm thinking: if the traveling time starts to be a burden I'll simply move closer to work...

2007-03-03

Making Life Changing Decisions...

I already ranted about this the last time I blogged and I don't want to rant any further, but it is affecting my life and I should blog about it. Facts are that I need to make a decision that will change the course of my life. I have to decide if I want to continue with my current employer or if a want to jump into the void and pursue another goal.

There are many alternatives. I can simply look for another job, maybe even launch myself as a freelancer. I can even go for a PhD, but I don't want to get Piled Higher and Deeper. Just kidding. Although I love these comic strips, I haven't run against anything similar to it during my Masters.

Why do I need to make a decision? Simple, I don't see my current employer step up to its responsibilities and pay for the relocation. Although it is in the Portuguese Law that the employer should pay for all the relocation costs I don't think they will. I'm saying this because they are using an option in the law to enter in agreement with the workers. But the agreement they are proposing pays only for part of the expenses and ensures that you stay in it for further 3 years without any king of salary increase - not even the normal inflation.

I have though a lot on this problem and my current view is simple: if they don't step up and assume their responsibilities I'll simply quit. I may have to involve a lawyer. I say this because that is just how the company is: a large institution with absolutely no respect for its workers. Not even the group of 50 out of 600 that is responsible for 25% of their sales.

What does this all mean? Well, if they don't step up I'll be looking for a job soon. I'll just take a few weeks to finish writing my Thesis and deliver it.