I applied for 7 more positions today, bringing my total for the week to 17. I have continuously checked Computer Jobs, JobServe, Indeed.com, HotJobs, Monster.com, CyberCoders, and Career Builder. I have put in applications with private companies, government contractors, and large corporations. I am willing to work down the road in Atlanta, Marietta, or even North Georgia.
Attention employers: You can start the callbacks anytime now.
Someone sent me this cartoon the other day. I couldn’t help but think of the Big Fat Liar. In fact, that cartoon pretty much summed up the entire time I worked for him.
In December of 2000, he agreed to purchase our small company. He never did. He hired my wife and I and gave us stock options in the company. We never received a dime for our company.
A few months later he called me up to the main office (in Maryland) and told me he had to lay off my wife. He never did tell her. Not in person, not in email, not at all. He told me it was temporary, but it wasn’t.
After September 11th, he called in a panic. Apparently the company was going to fail unless the top executives at the company took pay cuts. So the four of us (including him) agreed to take a temporary 50% pay cut to save the company. It wasn’t temporary, and he never took the cut.
The lies didn’t end there.
I was supposed to get 2 weeks of paid vacation every year. Of course, taking vacations meant carrying a cell phone and a laptop at all times, in case something happened. Something always happened. In the 10 years I worked there I had one true vacation, and that was last year when I helped my mom move to Georgia.
When I was hired, I was told that I would be the head of the Internet Division of the company. As the company grew I would manage employees and oversee all of the company servers and internet application development. Apparently that position was interchangeable with “Software Engineer” which is the only position I actually ever possessed while I worked there.
I spent 10 years working my ass off to help his company succeed, only to be treated like crap. It’s amazing what I put up with to enjoy the major perk of working there. Telecommuting. In the 10 years I worked for the Big Fat Liar, I telecommuted 95% of the time. Every now and then I would fly to Maryland to work on specific projects, meet with customers, and take care of things that needed to be done in person.
I worked hard, sometimes 16 hours a day, to get the job done. At the time he laid me off, I was working 14-18 hour days, trying to wrap up a project. When the project was started there were supposed to be three of us working on it for 3 months, for a total of 9 man-months. When he laid me off I was in the 7th month of working on it alone. All alone. I was the only person actively working on the project and it was falling farther and farther behind schedule.
I am not perfect and I would never claim to be. I never portrayed myself as something I am not, and I never would have shown him disrespect by lying to him. Obviously, he had no problem with that.
Looking back on the past 10 years, there are several things I am thankful for. I am thankful I have been able to spend so much time at home watching my sons grow. I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked on the cutting edge of wireless technology. I am thankful for the chance to discover Gunning’s, their crabcakes are to die for. But most of all, I am thankful for having an understanding wife who, for the past 10 years, has stood by me through all of the frustration of working for the Big Fat Liar.
As I sign off tonight, enjoy this story I received in email this evening.
Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA).
After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA), he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) filled it with GAS (FROM SAUDI ARABIA) and continued his search for a good paying job.
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his computer (MADE IN MALAYSIA), Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can’t find a good paying job in AMERICA.
Ain’t that the truth? Have a great night.