Monday, September 19, 2005

Moving on up

So last Friday was my last day at my old job. The details aren't that important but suffice it to say it wasn't the best work environment in the world and I am glad that's behind me.

Initially I had planned on going to California for a week to celebrate before joining my new job but for a number of reasons (mainly the 3 weeks I am planning to take off at the end of Nov for my trip) I decided to just go ahead and join this week. A couple of personal finance related updates:
  • The company shares that are part of my offer has a 5-year vesting schedule which means I won't see any of those shares in a while. I was feeling a little guilty for asking for the 5k cash sign-on bonus (I'd somehow missed completely that the offer included 10k worth of shares so thought the 5k would be the only sign-on bonus) but now I feel a little justified because of this.

  • I also collected a few nice goodies Friday as part of my fairwell party at work. It was a total surprise. Things have been pretty bad here and I have maintained my composure, taken on additional work and helped other people deal with a number of things so I knew I had some supporters but wasn't expecting a big fairwell. I got a lunch, a $25 Macy's gift card, a CD burned by a coworker with everyone's favorite songs, a card signed by the whole department and an iPod Nano. Yes, that's right. An iPod Nano. Everyone chipped in for the nano as I understand. I was deeply touched and almost felt bad for leaving. Almost that is. I do feel bad for leaving behind some great people but not so much for leaving behind all the organizational crap that plagues corporate America more often than not. I am hoping Msft will be different. Guess we'll see.

So that's it. I have a busy week ahead of me but I also have to get two things done:

1. Get prequalified for the condo. I have an agent and I have looked into rates but need to make this official. It's a little scary.

2. Book tickets for my India trip. Not so scary, just expensive.


At 9/19/2005 3:14 PM, Anonymous sixpack said...

An ipod nano is cool. Just don't be seen by Bill Gates with it on you!

At 9/19/2005 5:03 PM, Blogger 12.11.2006 said...

Congrats on your new job - and on all the goodies you got :)

At 9/19/2005 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, nice gift. good luck on the new job.

At 9/20/2005 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new job. From what I've heard from most people, msft is a good place to work...

Regarding tickets to India, in case you didn't know, it's much cheaper to call travel agents that specialise in these tickets rather than use travelocity, orbitz,etc. Just ask you Indian friends for phone numbers. There can be a $500+ difference.

At 9/20/2005 6:15 PM, Blogger Hazzard said...

An IPOD NANO?? Holy smokes!! I want to get a job there, just so I can quit...... :)

You obviously had a very positive impact on your coworkers, and it was in a challenging environment. That speaks volumes about you!!

Congrats on the Ipod, but also on moving on to another adventure!!


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At 9/20/2005 10:10 PM, Anonymous jim said...

Yeah congrats on a new job and if you feel uncomfortable using the nano, you can send it to me. :)

At 9/21/2005 6:25 PM, Blogger mmb said...

I love my nano. Makes me wonder what Apple will come up with next though. The way they are going very soon all we'll be left holding is a thin slice of air that magically plays music!


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