Lots of changes are afoot here at Company O. Evidently my work to complete the test plan due last week distracted me from seeing that other things are going on. I'm reporting to a new manager now. I don't precisely know if I'll be reporting the same manager next week. What I do know for certain is that the team I've worked with for the last four years will be split up.
Not all the changes around here are bad. I completed my annual evaluation last week. I have been recommended for a change in title to the next rung up the employment ladder. That makes two changes in four years, a little ahead of the expected schedule. Although changes in title are not explicitly tied to changes in salary, I will also be getting a raise. This will be my first raise in my four years with Company O.
Still, the change has been demoralising on some levels. The fact that the group is being split up and changing managers is seen as a rejection of sorts for the manager I've had for the last two years. It's underlined some of the things that I don't like about being here at Company O. Our new managers are also revisiting some old questions in the sort of way that one attempts to re-invent the wheel. It is not like we found definite answers to those questions the last time around, but still.. it is disheartening.
To further complicate the picture, I've been approached by a hiring manager at another company, Company N. This is not all that unusual in itself; it's just that the offers are usually for IT jobs in places that involve either blistering heat during the summer, near ice ages during the winter, or both. In this case however, I am familiar with Company N. and interviewed there once four years ago. The job description seems tantalizing... an opportunity to help develop new technology with the CTO. I've sent Company N. a resume and they immediately had questions about my refereed publications and the topic of my doctoral dissertation. We'll see what happens next. I haven't done any serious research in four years, and my dissertation is not likely to change the world any time soon.
So there is a lot going on in my life right now, some of it good, some of it not-so-good. I hope it all shakes out soon.
on 2004-10-07 at 4:03 p.m.
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