Tuesday, May 18, 2010

job change...

Remember the pee test last week?

While the job I've been working the past 13 months has fantastic benefits and seemed a very good one at certain moments, I concluded some time ago that this is not the place for me.

The sad fact is that in such a large company, they seem to need to quantify job performance in overly-regimented fashion, and I don't respond well to that kind of micro-managey bullshit.
Actually, I believe it can be done in a way that is less spirit-crushing to the little worker bees like myself, but no large company I've ever worked for seemed to get the balance right.

Starting June 1, I go to work for a smaller company, one which I hope will be an environment in which I can flourish. I'm sad to leave some wonderful people at the other place, but it simply wasn't a good fit. I loved the work, the customers and the coworkers, but being micromanaged sets my teeth on edge. Plus there were massive federal regulations on people in that field, so I'll be well away from that. More on this later.

11 comments:

Farmmom said...

Congrats! Hope everything turns out the way you want!

charlotte g said...

13 months? That has gone fast. Yes, does seem to be more flex in smaller groups of people, whether business or any other group.

Crucis said...

IIRC you work(ed) in a call center. There is just no way that environment can be healthy over a long period of time. You're either restrained by the script or have no direction and support at all. Most such sites not force employees to stay strictly on script even when it's obvious the script is inadequate or just flat wrong.

Good luck on your new position.

George said...

GOOD FOR YOU! You are smarter than I was. I worked for a similarly spirit-crushing company for almost 22 years, because I didn't think I could do better, elsewhere. (Now, I'm on permanent disability.) One time, I gave a sign to a co-worker reading "The Beatings will continue, until Morale Improves". Her manager yelled at her, made her take it down, and insisted on knowing who gave it to her! Hope things contune to look up for you!

Buck said...

Congrats, Phlegmmy!

I spent my entire working life except for the final two years in mega-organizations (i.e., the military and then a 30,000 person international IT outfit). And then I went to work for a start-up in SFO... 300 people at its height, before the dot-bomb implosion, 75 when I left... and the difference was astounding. It was rilly cool to be on a first-name basis with the CEO and have a couple o' beers with him at the end o' the day. The downside: it was exhausting. I learned the TRUE meaning of "do more with less" there. It damned near killed me.

phlegmfatale said...

Farmmom- Thanks so much! Well, I'm cautiously optimistic.

charlotte - It's been an interesting and sometimes quite arduous 13 months, but since getting into my own house with more room, it's getting better fast. :)

Crucis - The company did the best it could, I expect, but I think there are a lot of wrong ideas about how to best manage such a group of people. Pity, that.

George - Funny about the beatings and morale comment, because I've said the same things more than twice in the past couple months. Yeah, I need to get to a job I can settle into and plan to stay at a while-- I don't have a lot of time to waste at this point in my life, so I'm going to keep looking until I feel I've found a fit.

Buck - Well, we'll see if I'm up to the task. Thanks for the conga-rats! :)

phlegmfatale said...

Farmmom- Thanks so much! Well, I'm cautiously optimistic.

charlotte - It's been an interesting and sometimes quite arduous 13 months, but since getting into my own house with more room, it's getting better fast. :)

Crucis - The company did the best it could, I expect, but I think there are a lot of wrong ideas about how to best manage such a group of people. Pity, that.

George - Funny about the beatings and morale comment, because I've said the same things more than twice in the past couple months. Yeah, I need to get to a job I can settle into and plan to stay at a while-- I don't have a lot of time to waste at this point in my life, so I'm going to keep looking until I feel I've found a fit.

Buck - Well, we'll see if I'm up to the task. Thanks for the conga-rats! :)

Anonymous said...

AGAIN!! Good luck.

B Woodman

rickn8or said...

Congrats, hope you make bajillions and can't wait to get to work in the morning.

Eseell said...

Congrats on the new job! I worked in a call center like that for a few months and the constant evaluations and rigid metrics always made me feel like I was one step away from losing my job, even when things were going well. I know a few people who thrive in that kind of environment, but it wasn't for me.

Christina LMT said...

Congratulations, Phlegmmy! I know you'll totally rock the new joint..woo-HOO!