Matt D
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Sat Feb 14, 2004 8:18 am

Well the point of no return has passed for me. I have submitted my resignation here at my current job and have accepted a new position. I have turned in my 30 day notice at my current place and signed my lease papers for the new place.

Here's the skinny:

Without going into much detail, there have been a LOT of major internal issues here. This division of the company is in a state of flux, morale has hit rock bottom, other people are looking to leave as well. And it only looks like it's going to get worse. The head of our department looks like a condemmed man. Basically, my company is trying to fix what we feel are nonexistant problems and ignoring the ones we have been documenting for the last three years. Just a few of the issues are: 1) being held accountable for things that I have no say or control over, 2) getting lip service, but no actual support from the other departments, and 3) the Company toying with the idea of either offshoring this department to India (we are all wondering how they plan to efficiently run a logistics operation from over there...already all of their pilots, plans, and options have failed spectacularly), or Chicago.

The impression I get is that the prevailing attitude from higher up is that "we don't care if your way works and our way doesn't. I have the MBA and the job title and I say you're going to do it my way...just because I can."

In other words, there are people who are desperate to 1) make a name for themselves and 2) snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Every one of us believe that this company is the Titanic right now and instead of steering to avoid the iceberg, they'd rather rearrange the deck chairs in an effort to look proactive.

Basically, we have given up trying and figure we'll let them let the train wreck.

I don't want to be on it when it does.

My uncle has been after me for quite awhile now to take on the responsibility of running the day to day operations of his trucking company. Ironically, I turned down this opportunity nearly 4 years ago when the Dotcom I was working for went under, instead opting to come here. He has been courting me to take it again. This time, I accepted. So in a way, I have come full circle.

In many ways, it was a very tough decision for me to make. On one hand, the company I am at now has a better retirement plan, stock options, and potential for relocation to just about anywhere in the world. His is just a small local outfit with only about 30 employees. And he's sole owner. On the other hand, the place I am going to is a family business. I will be getting groomed to take it over entirely eventually. I will be in a lot more control of day to day procedures than I am now. I will have weekends and holidays off, unlike now, which means that I will have a lot more time for a social life, which I struggle with now. Also, he will be matching the salary that I am making now. Also, being family, I will be getting some additional perks that would otherwise not be available to me.

Some people have tried to discourage me from taking this position, citing a potential conflict between work and family. I guess this COULD be a legitimate concern. But he is a smart man. And judging from his lifestyle and success, he would not be willing to hand over control of the company to someone he did not feel fully comfortable with. We have always had a close relationship. And I expressed these concerns to him. He doesn't seem to be worried about it.

Thing is, I have been, and will be very very busy until next month. I am already on my uncles payroll and working there on my days off to train while still working during my "notice" time here. So not only am I not having days off, but I am having to get ready for my move from West Orange County to Riverside.

I have been using a Company issued laptop all this time, which I am all but certain I will have to turn in on my last day (Feb 26). I probably won't have much time for Internet use at the new place for awhile. So I will have to break down and buy my own PC (any suggestions?).

This will mean that until I get settled in and buy the PC, I won't have much time to be online.

I am excited but nervous at the same time. In a way, I am sad that I am leaving where I've been since 2000. Up until August of last year, I really did enjoy working here.

But after carefully weighing all the pros and cons to either staying or leaving (and as I pointed out, there are both advantages and disadvantages no matter what choice I make), I feel that making this change is in my best interests at this time.
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Sat Feb 14, 2004 8:50 am

First things first: Get a Macintosh. You sound like you need something that "just works" and is more fun than hassle.  Wink/being sarcastic

Second: Looks like a big decision, but some decisions are tough but still right. There are too many soulless outfits under way, already. I wish you good luck, strength and common sense.  Big thumbs up

Third: This ecosystem seems to be used to your presence. So just don´t stay away forever!  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Announcement

Sat Feb 14, 2004 11:13 am

I agree with Klaus....get a MAC and never have to worry about worms!

The corp decision is not a decision where you can affect the you if you're able to extract your emotions and yourself from the 'our dept vs the company honchos' battle. Attempt to see what the honchos are up to...of cousre they're looking to re-shape the company. But are looking to trim it for sale to a potential bidder? Are they doing so to appease stockholders? Are they doing to get a sh*tload of people to jump ship....only to turn around and hire new people at lesser wages and fewer benefits? You have to get inside their heads to get a clear view of what they are 'really' up to..or as close as you can..and that will tell you the course of action you must take! California worker's comp laws are very much in favor of the if you feel like you're gonna get tattooed....strike first and lodge a grievance complaint and sue (hey. it's just business..nothing personal)! But if you've given your notice...then why care?

You immediate future is secured with your uncle's company, families and business have been mixing for generations...that's nothing new, Just know when the lines should merge and when they shouldn't! of luck whatever you do!

Oh yeah....did I say buy a MAC! Or two!

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RE: Announcement

Sat Feb 14, 2004 12:38 pm

Matt D,

The above link is for dell small business computers...they are great for doing web stuff, email, word, etc...but you'll have to buy a video card if your into gaming.

Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten, Uptown, what now? Lets make it happen.
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RE: Announcement

Sat Feb 14, 2004 12:56 pm

You've made a choice after carefully weighing al your options. Good... Now don't look back. Keep in mind, there'll be days when you'll have to work at reminding yourself you've made the right choice. From what I've read in your posts, though... You're an intelligent dude.
As for the choice of computer - I'm sure your intelligence will continue to steer you in the right direction... Towards a Mac.
All the best.

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RE: Announcement

Sat Feb 14, 2004 1:53 pm

Hey, don't worry,

At least you had the ability to make that decision without changing speeds.

I have noticed that my job has not been as fun as it used to be in the past three years, but I don't have the ablity to move on right now.

It is still too dam convientent for what I am trying to do at the U.
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RE: Announcement

Sat Feb 14, 2004 2:01 pm

Matt D:
Congrats!  Big thumbs up
Sounds like a very smart move. F--K working for the man!  Laugh out loud
Companies will try to send as many jobs overseas as they can. Trucking is very secure as there will always be a need.

Don't buy a Mac!
Go for a Dell.

[Edited 2004-02-14 06:01:46]
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RE: Announcement

Sun Feb 15, 2004 5:11 am

Some companies promote family values. Your uncle's company promotes family. Good luck, MattD!
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Sun Feb 15, 2004 5:15 am

Superfly: Don't buy a Mac! Go for a Dell.

Come on! You can´t be cool all around and then lame out like that! Big grin
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RE: Announcement

Sun Feb 15, 2004 3:02 pm

All the best.......Good luck in your new career.....
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RE: Announcement

Sun Feb 15, 2004 4:50 pm

Oh I thought you were finally gonna come out of the closet and tell them about us.

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RE: Announcement

Sun Feb 15, 2004 5:03 pm

Don't buy a Mac!
Go for a Dell.

Don't get a Dell!

Go for the Mac  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Superior in every way.

Congrats, Matt...we're all behind you.
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RE: Announcement

Mon Feb 16, 2004 12:12 am

Get both platforms. Use the Mac for your day-to-day stuff, work productivity and protection of your important documents, and keep the PC for gaming (if you do that). I know many Mac users that own a PC. To them the PC is their 'toy', equivalent to their Playstation or X-Box, while they use their Mac for important computing. I would do that, but I don't do games. Mac will of course run games just fine (maybe even better), the only problem is a lot of gaming companies don't want to add Mac developers to their payroll.
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RE: Announcement

Mon Feb 16, 2004 10:13 am

I´m using a PC, but I´m running Linux on it and I´m using Konqueror and Mozilla as my browsers. The only problems I had was that there were not "drivers" available for some older hardware of mine (scanner)

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