A Month In and Everything’s Looking Good

So I’ve been back to CPI for a month now and things are still looking good. Two weeks into my return the ETL guy quit and I inherited the stuff he was working on. This is really a good thing, despite the extra work. I’m very psyched about the ETL tool they purchased and with my DataStage experience I think I’ll be productive much more quickly than if I didn’t have the experience. I’ll be working closely with sales data and then I’ll be working with the derived marketing data after that. I have a lot of experience with the marketing side of things and I’m looking forward to working very closely with them again. The good thing is that although I’m working with the same data as before I left I’m doing something completely different with it. Building this data warehouse is exactly what I wanted to do when I left CPI the first time and I’m very excited about having the opportunity to do it this time around.

Barring one exception I’ve experienced very positive reactions from everyone I worked with my first time around. It took four days for me to feel comfortable there again, almost like I’d never left. Now, four weeks in, it rarely occurs to me that I left. This time around, however, it’s been very fun and interesting, the way it used to be when I first started there. I’m glad that things have improved to a point where I can have fun at work again; it’s been a long time since that has been the case.

Getting back to work again has positively affected my whole life; it’s a huge weight off my shoulders now that money is rolling in again. Losing my job was an eye-opening, educational experience, to say the least. I’ve gained perspective I’d never have gained had it not happened. I’d almost like to thank Maritz for letting me go and getting me out of their incredibly messed up organization and back to CPI but I’m still just a little bitter. Despite any bitterness, which will go away with time, I’m actually glad they did what they did; it worked out much better for me in the long run.

So I’m looking forward to a very busy and exciting next few years at CPI. There are lots of new projects in the works and the environment there is definitely chaning for the better. I’m glad to be back where I feel I belong and that, in and of itself, is probably a lot of the reason why I feel so much better now.

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