A few months ago, when the
But today was my last day working there - and it was a hard one. Mainly because of my foolish sentimental nature. I wanted to sneak quietly out the door, dodging goodbyes from coworkers. But it was not to be, everyone wished me well, a small group took me to lunch which was nice, and my best friend cried so I did too. Boy am I glad that's over.
Tomorrow I start a new job, taking up the role I enjoyed before the merger, but for a smaller tech company staffed by seriously smart people that are excited about what they do. I'm trading a 15 minute commute through the countryside for a traffic-clogged 45 minute slog into the central core of Portland. (This is why driving was on my mind recently - I hope to carry a certain zen calm into my new commute so as not to relapse into questionable driving habits.) But that is essentially the only drawback to the new position and frankly I've been spoiled in the commute department - it's not like millions of people don't deal with worse journeys to work each day.
Well, there is one other drawback... I'm giving up my office, a nice space with a window and a door that closes and everything. When I first moved into an office after working in cubeland, I kind of missed the social hum of a communal workspace, but I quickly grew to appreciate the luxury of my own private place.
(the old workspace - documented for posterity and of no interest to anyone but me)
On the plus side, the new company's space is configured so that nobody has an office - even the top execs only get a room with four walls but no door. But even better, the cubes are on the outside of the building so the cube dwellers (including yours truly) are afforded the luxury of a view. And my particular view is over the river, across the city and out to Mount Hood, from 15 stories up. Not bad at all.
Also, I've negotiated a four day work week in the office, with Fridays working at home, which I'm totally stoked about.
There is a buzz and energy at the new company, and it will be a refreshing change from the merger blues still pervading my old company, and I'm totally excited to move on to the next chapter in my professional life.
Wish me luck at my "first day of school!"