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WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 26, 2019

Do people like Spotify? I'm thinking about trying it but don't love the idea of another monthly expense.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 19, 2019

    "I'm sorry, I can't afford to take your position."


    Full stop.

I'm borrowing this for a job I haven't been offered yet. Thank you. I expect them to offer slightly lower pay and benefits, and while I like the location and want to leave my company, I can't do it for less money, less retirement, and less vacation. I can keep looking.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 19, 2019

    They're great for getting benefits programs set up, making sure that the company's health plan is competitive

That's a higher opinion of HR than I have. They're good at telling people the health plan is competitive, but is it really? It's too complicated to really understand. As for the benefits program, how hard is it to fill out some forms at Fidelity? I've never tried, but I bet it isn't hard. And while HR set these up, HR doesn't actually understand them and absolutely cannot explain them.

Otherwise, yes. If one got to the in-person interview, they think you can do the work. The one that gets hired is the one they think will fit best with the company and coworkers and not the one who best knows the specific details of the work.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

I have a phone interview today. It's crazy thinking about leaving my current company, but nothing has improved since I started going down this path.

My supervisor is new to supervision. We were coworkers reporting to the same person. Now I report to him, and he reports to our old supervisor. I think part of the problem is my boss reports out to and gets direction from his boss, then comes and tries to do something with our group, it doesn't really do anything, goes back to his boss, rinse and repeat. He needs to be his own leader. It's been two years of him coasting by on a group that worked pretty well before, but as the wheels start to come off he has no means of righting the apple cart.

He was never a natural leader, if I'm being candid. He got the job out of persistence. He should have been more persistent in fostering leadership in himself and spend less time at leadership seminars. His biggest failing has been hiring an engineer who said they had a lot of experience but didn't, not taking an active role in coaching that person, and now left with someone who can't contribute to the group and feels slighted at any suggestion of needing to change because they now have two more years of (valueless) experience. I think he hired them wanting someone experienced, and all he got was someone dragging the group down. It's super frustrating.

I don't really want to move, but I also really don't want to work here.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 5, 2019

I bought a wetsuit (ping wasoxygen). Tonight will be my first swim in it, though I've rented similar ones.

On Sunday I went and watched a triathlon like the one I'll be doing in a month. Someone died. "Medical issue during the swim not being treated as a drowning" is all they've said. It's spooky to think about. I may have watched him walk into the water as he had less than ten minutes left. He was 59.

I also went to the visitation for the spouse of a coworker last week. She was 49.

I'm going to wear my tri shorts tonight and maybe do a mini aquathon and run after. It's global running day or something.

I'm seeing Paul McCartney tomorrow.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

I'll henceforth (try to remember to) call weasels cairn cats.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 29, 2019

I passed fifteen years at my current company.

I also applied for two jobs at a different company out of state, both of which I'm very qualified for. One specifically wants someone senior, and since it's a niche job I expect my experience stands out.

The idea of moving to a new area is overwhelming, and in my personal life I feel like a lot of great right now. I have running friends, and I've been swimming a lot with my pool routine and starting to get comfortable with lake swimming. I'd start all that over in a new city. But work is no better. I can't see staying here. I have an HR screening call today.

It would probably be for the betterment of his companies, too.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Endgame is not a very good movie

I enjoyed it. Is it a great movie? Nah. Is it fun? Sure. I went looking for fun and got what I paid for.

DuckDuckGo is my default search, but Chrome on mobile broke search bar functionality in the last update. It looks at everything I type in the bar as a web address. Chrome also broke the setting to change the default search; trying to change it crashes the browser 100% of the time.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 10, 2019

I've started passively looking for a new job. I've done this before, and it came to nothing. Last week was the culmination of a big project, months of work. It went beautifully. Customers that are notoriously hard to please expressed how well things went. The result internally? One mass email saying thanks. I know it's just the job I'm paid to do, but it feels like we could have done more. Literally two thirds of the group was directly involved. I see other groups do bigger celebrations for less.

To top that off, someone sent a related timeline of one part of that project and credited someone else rather than me for what was the hardest study I ever did and probably the most complex study we've ever done in-house. If anyone else noticed, they didn't say anything. I didn't have the heart to correct it to take credit for something nobody else apparently cares about enough to remember.

It feels like nobody cares. It makes me want to not be here.

There's a job in Holyoke, MA I'm qualified for. That's 3.5 hours to the Adirondack High Peaks and 4.5 hours to the White Mountains. There's another in Rensselaer, NY I could maybe get hired for. I wouldn't say I'm a slam dunk, but the differences could probably be explained in an interview.

I ran my fastest half marathon in Saturday beating my old time by over five minutes.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Off my chest

I like you, Steve. When things aren't ok, please keep saying so. While I and others may not be able to immediately change anything, we will always listen.

I like you.

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