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Postby OMGBEES » Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:55 am

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Postby Dynagrip » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:10 pm

I have an interview this Wednesday and have had several nibbles on my resume in the past week. I guess it takes about a month for hiring managers to get through the massive pile of resumes that show up with any job opening.

I'm pretty confident about the interview. Also, on the online application I was forced to put down a number for what I wanted my salary to be. I don't know if it was exactly the right number but if they paid attention to it and are cool with it then it represents about a 20% raise over my current salary. Also, this company has better benefits from what I know, at least with respect to 401k matching, so even more money!

One of the other nibbles is with an LED manufacturer out in Durham. I filled out this three page screening form for them. I don't know if I'd want that job, the place has some harsh reviews on Glass Door. Regardless, their screening form was good practice for interviews and also I put a really high number for my expected salary. If they play ball on that I'd have to seriously consider accepting a job offer, negative reviews or not. Also, I hear that the Durham area is pretty great.

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Postby dogmeat » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:48 am

Well good luck!

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Postby OMGBEES » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:51 am

Are you still at your current job, Dyna, or did that go away?
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Postby OMGBEES » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:52 am

Are you still at your current job, Dyna, or did that go away?
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Postby Dynagrip » Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:05 am

Still at my current job. It's going well as far as my performance there and I really like what I do but my raises have been less than the inflation rate in spite of stellar reviews, so yeah.

Kinda would like to see a real increase in my wages. Also, I'm not really sure what the path for career advancement is at my current job. Like, am I grunt engineer for the next 6 years or what and then I get a bump up? Based on the size of our houston office it's unlikely that I'd reach a management role.

Anyway, I'm glad I have a job and all that but I think i'm severely underpaid so I'm gonna go see if the open market agrees.

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Postby Dynagrip » Thu May 03, 2012 10:12 pm

Got the job offer, it was in the range that I had to consider seriously to jump ship...and I grabbed a life preserver and will be handing in my two weeks notice tomorrow. The company I'm going to is a hated enemy of my current and soon to be ex- employer but I'll be working in an entirely different segment far removed from aerospace. I imagine that when they hear the company's name they'll kindly escort me off the premises prior to the two weeks being up.

Which will be fine with me at this point honestly. I've left my current projects in great shape and ready to be handed over and I could stand to have a vacation.

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Postby SporkAndrew » Fri May 04, 2012 7:57 am

Congratulations! Here's hoping you get escorted off the premises so you can have a rest.

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Postby dogmeat » Fri May 04, 2012 9:47 am

Great job Dyna.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri May 04, 2012 3:25 pm

Sweet, so that means a nice pay bump right?

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Postby Dynagrip » Sun May 13, 2012 2:09 am

yeah, pretty good bump. Even better when the benefits are taken into account (better 401k matching, medical plan, etc.).

I did not actually get escorted off the premises, my management has been pretty cool about it so no two week vacation for me. They're getting their monies' worth out of me while I'm still there instead.

I went ahead and moved my start date back a week so I would get an actual break. I was reviewing the HR/Benefits stuff and I won't get to take any vacation until 6 months in, which means nothing until December. That'd make it almost a year since my last vacation, which is probably too long of a stretch to go.

This week started to drag at the end, still being productive but I'm finding myself bored. It's kind of hard to stay fully engaged when the next thing is all lined up and I'm almost out the door. Also, I've gotten like 3 or 4 interview requests after I already accepted the job offer. Kind of funny timing. One of them, Weatherford, was from the R&D Manager. I told him I couldn't interview then three days later the R&D recruiter for weatherford emailed me asking if I was still looking. Same company but I'm totally counting it as two separate hits.

Talked to my brother about them and he says they're in bad shape (violated various US laws with respect to bribery and whatnot) and that their engineers have a bad reputation. Apparently they also don't pay so hot. Still nice to be courted and it reaffirms my confidence in my resume, regardless of what some stupid professional resume writing service said...which was that I came across as a "doer" and not an "achiever".

Not exactly sure what the difference is there but it would cost $250 to have them rectify it.

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Postby pablo banquo » Sun May 13, 2012 9:41 am

Weatherford is one of the 3rd party companies that pops up on my rig all the time. Not really sure what they do.
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Postby Dynagrip » Thu May 17, 2012 1:27 pm

So one of my final actions here was an attempt to avenge a project of mine that was unjustly killed. I can't remember if I had talked about it before but I had made a pitch for us to go exhibit at Houston Offshore Technology Conference and it was very well received. Then the people up at Dover received one question from the President and they suddenly acted chicken shit and canceled the whole thing separately.

Any way, we have a new president now and I figured I'd send him my pitch about what could have been.

Me: I’ve got one foot out the door but here’s the pitch I put together late last year to try to get us to exhibit at Houston Offshore Technology Conference. Had it approved for all of a week and then I was asked to cancel the reservation by powers above.



New Prez:Hey Dyna,

I really appreciate the feedback. It is a shame that we pulled out of the conference. The irony in the decision is that I spend quite a few years working in the oil (Conoco/DuPont) segment. It’s one of the areas that we will pursue as we build out the 5 year growth strategy.

Hate to lose you. Hope you have much success in your future endeavors.

New Prez: (some time later) Just finished reviewing your attachments. Very compelling argument. Why did we decide not to participate?

Me: I was never given a real answer aside from the opinion that a “targeted approach with identified customers will bear more fruit.”

Personally, I believe it was skittishness due to being asked by B. h about pre-show contacts. It was an area I was already addressing on my own prior to his question and the concerned parties had a teleconference with Don and me to discuss the matter. It seemed like we had a plan going forward and doubts were assuaged, etc. but an hour after the phone call I was directed to cancel our booth application.

There were around 85,000 attendees at OTC this year. That’s a lot of eyeballs that we could have shown our capabilities to.
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Suck it, business dudes at HQ. I don't there'll be any repercussions but I hope they at least get questioned by the new president about their gutlessness or like, glared at. Anyhoo, my main goal was to get a little payback but it does have the potential of really helping out our Houston office, which would be great.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:52 pm

So here's a work-related story. I'm looking for a new job, and I wanted to share the tremendous hoops that one company is asking me to jump through.

1. Quick phone call with the recruiter.

2. Long phone call with hiring manager.

3. Rescheduled long phone call with hiring manager since she had a meeting that ran long.

4. In person interview. Four hours with four people, one after the other.

5. In person interview with a second hiring manager.

6. Phone call to assess my technical skills.

7. Now they are asking me to do a writing exercise so they can better assess my technical skills. It's pretty extensive, and they want it by Friday, so I'm going to have to work on it tonight and tomorrow night.

All this has been over the span of about a month and a half. If these guys don't make an offer, I'm gonna be pretty pissed.

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Postby OMGBEES » Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:55 am

My Berbee interview was that minus the writing assessment, and it was only for $15 an hour.
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Postby Dynagrip » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:40 pm

Bag of Ass wrote:So here's a work-related story. I'm looking for a new job, and I wanted to share the tremendous hoops that one company is asking me to jump through.

1. Quick phone call with the recruiter.

2. Long phone call with hiring manager.

3. Rescheduled long phone call with hiring manager since she had a meeting that ran long.

4. In person interview. Four hours with four people, one after the other.

5. In person interview with a second hiring manager.

6. Phone call to assess my technical skills.

7. Now they are asking me to do a writing exercise so they can better assess my technical skills. It's pretty extensive, and they want it by Friday, so I'm going to have to work on it tonight and tomorrow night.

All this has been over the span of about a month and a half. If these guys don't make an offer, I'm gonna be pretty pissed.

that is pretty ridiculous.

i had a company start to headhunt me but their HR recruiter person seems pretty ditzy. Like she called me to confirm that I was going to be able to make an interview an hour later in the afternoon that she never talked to me about or anything, so yeah...I wasn't thrilled about the company but the pay grade required my attention.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:01 pm

I worked on the assignment (again, for a job I don't even have yet) last night. I stayed up until midnight working on it, and I'm a little more than halfway done.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:17 pm

Just wanted to give an update. The company that made me jump through all the hoops hired me. I asked for more money but they didn't budge, and I accepted anyway. Since then I got offers from two other companies, both for more money, but I stuck with the first one because the work seemed more interesting to me.

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Postby OMGBEES » Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:59 pm

My work is incredibly annoying and I am baffled. Last year at this time, it was all "Lucas is an amazing communicator and everyone should be like him." Now I'm a bad communicator and I'm actually being sent to a training course to be a better communicator in November, but no one can (or will) tell me what the hell I'm doing wrong. As far as I can tell, I'm behaving excactly the same way, except now it's bad.

I had a negative review in February saying that Ops has a hard time communicating with me, so I was like, okay I think there's a miscommunication, let's sit down and talk about this. So I sat down with the Ops team, the Ops manager, and my boss, and I asked, what's wrong? Clearly something is the matter, people are pissed off to go over my head and go to my boss.

And no one would say anything. All I got over and over was "we just want to help you do your job the best you can!" Okay, but what am I doing wrong? What makes you want to go to my boss? Are there some examples? What if we went through a problem situation, and I said why I acted the way I did, and you told me the negative impact it had on you? "Well, we're just worried, we want to help you do the best you can at your job!" FUCK.

This review, I got written up for being a poor communicator. Okay, what are some examples? What did I do wrong? Well, there was that time when you told us to upgrade VDI, and you said it would cost us less in the long run. That wasn't the right thing to say, it hurt my feelings, it's not about how much things cost, it's about what we can ultimately support for the customer. And I knew enough to keep my mouth shut, but I'm thinking, I pushed this upgrade for nine months, and it got shut down over and over as costing too much. We ran the customers even after the company stopped supporting us, and even went to the point where they refused to take our calls any more, even if the customer's environment was hard down. And this is about what we can support? Are you fucking kidding me?

Tonight we had a long presentation about the importance of communication. Literally half of this was about how communication is important, and it was full of statistics, which was baffling: Is there really anyone who questions that communicating better is better? Questions it to the point where they have to know exactly HOW MUCH better it is? Are you fucking serious?

And then all the communication stuff was things like, "Recognize your audience! You wouldn't explain a technical problem the same way to Bill Gates as you would to a mouse!" (That was an actual fucking Powerpoint slide, can you believe that?) "Use good email subjects!" "What's a good email subject?" "A good one!" It was two hours of hippy bullshit.

At the end they asked what I thought. I said that they'd presented no actionable items, and no criteria for analysis. If the point of this was to get us to change our behavior, it isn't going to be helpful without those things. If you say "be good at considering who your audience is" and I already think I'm good at that, then I'm never going to be better unless you either tell me what I'm not good at, or tell me what sort of things I need to do to be good at it.

My bosses response was "I don't think we need to stamp things out in an exact how-to. We need to judge how to apply this internally." The absolute wrongness of that claim aside (a significant portion of my job is either writing step-by-step instructions on how to do things for users, or how to use technologies that I know better than other people for the other techs), I told my boss that if he wants people to interpret things internally and doesn't provide criteria on how to do so, then he needs to be happy with their interpretation and how they choose to apply things. He needs to know that often what one person thinks of as "good for the organization" will be different from what another person thinks. He got visibly angry and suddenly I became the problem.

I do not know what the fuck anyone wants from me because everyone actively refuses to tell me what they want from me.
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Postby OMGBEES » Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:22 pm

They called me into the office yesterday and closed the door and had a paper for me to sign. I was sure I was getting fired, but instead I'm getting a 19% raise staged over the next 4 months.

I... really can't tell what's going on.
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