The Knife In My Back

knife.jpgWhen I said I thought the weekend was busy, I had no idea what busy was. After the past two days, I now know what busy is. It all started on Monday when I learned that the company I have devoted the past ten years to working countless hours for has decided that I am no longer “employee” material.

I first contracted with them in 1998 when our oldest son was just three months old. I was put in charge of developing a new company website and creating a new vehicle tracking website for one of the nation’s major shipping companies. The result of that project led to the purchase of our company and my wife and I were hired full time in December of 2000.

While I enjoyed the benefit of working from home, it also meant I was available 24 hours a day. When the servers went down, I was the one they called. When the president of the company went to Europe to sell a system, I was the one working at 3am to make sure things went smooth during the demo.

My wife was “laid-off” in February of 2001, yes, just three months after we were hired full time, and my pay was cut by 50 percent in an effort to “save the company” after the September 11th attack.

Over the course of the past ten years I have helped develop some of the most innovative systems imaginable. I helped develop web-based vehicle tracking systems that can monitor the speed of a vehicle, the pressure of it’s tires, and whether or not the driver is in his seat. We created a new digital video recording system that allows for remote camera viewing through a simple web-based interface. That system permits public safety officials to monitor mobile camera units from a command post, an office, or their own living room.

It’s been quite a ride, but it’s now come to an end. I saw the end coming months ago, many months ago. A while back the president of the company hired someone who did not have the best interest of the company in mind. Several people left the company, most of them because of that one person. He may have snowballed the boss, but the rest of us knew what he was doing.

It’s hard to describe exactly what he was doing, but over the course of time he managed to persuade the boss that several people at the company were either (a) not doing their job correctly, or (b) incapable of doing their job at all.

We used to have a real tight crew that worked together seamlessly. When we had to work at 3am to make sure the Europe demonstration went smoothly, we all pulled together and made it work. No attitude, no arguments, just good, honest, teamwork. There were three of us that could make anything happen and we did so as a team.

I am the last of the three. After this person was hired there was no more team. He always had an attitude toward other employees, and not once in over a year did he work with anyone.

I have busted my ass for a decade to help this company succeed only to be told that I am no longer an employee. They are supposedly putting together a contract for my future participation in their endeavors, but I don’t believe them.

I received a couple of emails today from a new employee asking me for assistance with the project I was supposed to be working on. He made it clear in his email that he was hired last week specifically to work on this project. My departure from the company was planned. It wasn’t planned well, but it was planned nonetheless.

I have spent the past 24 hours updating my resume’, submitting it to online job sites and different employers in our area. Tomorrow, I will make sure my business attire still fits and contact more potential employers.

I trust that God will look out for me and my family. I believe that things will only turn out better. I know, without a doubt, that everything will be okay.

The wound from the knife in my back will heal in time, but I doubt my former boss will pull his head out of that employees ass in time to save his company, and that’s just too bad.

Thanks for letting me rant, and have a good night!