2009: Year in Review

So 2009 came and went and 2010 is here.  Overall 2009 was a positive year for me.  Thanks to Traci’s decision last year to push herself to try new things I’ve now been exposed to some new people as well.  It’s been nice connecting with people of a similar nature with similar interests again.

Personally I’ve grown quite a bit in 2009.  I learned how to deal with an incredibly difficult person at work and how to better handle stressful situations there.   I was also able to use what I learned and apply it to my personal life as well, reducing my overall frustration level.  This person has now been effectively neutralized and poses very little actual threat anymore.  I also came off a successful project right at the end of 2009 that, combined with my improved skillset, will help to solidify my role and hopefully ensure my longevity.

2009 ended with me in a very different place at work and in my career.  My confidence level has increased dramatically and I’ve produced some work I’m very proud of.  I’m also steadily moving back toward the type of role I’d played at CPI before I left.  I’ve been at my new job for two years now and it pleases me to say that it’s feeling more and more like home.  My career is back on track again and I feel like I can grow where I am.  I’d love to be able to spend some time here; five or six years (or more) would be great. Continue reading “2009: Year in Review”

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Goodbye CPI…Again

After two years back at CPI I’m leaving again. I’m disappointed that it didn’t work out this time because I really thought it would; that’s why I decided to come back in the first place. Unfortunately the company and I were unable to come to an agreement on a number of things and when I was contacted by a recruiter for another company that made me a great offer I accepted.

So on December 26th I will be starting work for a cable/broadband/voice company. They seem like a great bunch of people and I should be able to pick up some additional Business Objects and data warehousing skills while there. I’ll also get some Oracle exposure there too. The commute is a little longer but not unreasonable; Traci and I are out there in the same area every other week for grocery shopping so we’re no strangers to the area.

So here I am, moving again and hoping this will be the last one for a while. I really want to settle down for a while at one place; hopefully this will be the one. Although disappointed about CPI I’m excited about the possibilities that my new job holds for me and I’m looking forward to getting started there. I wish CPI and all my former co-workers the best of luck; I really want to see them all succeed.

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CPI: One Year Later

As I near the one year anniversary of my return to CPI, I’ve taken some time to reflect upon my life and my career now versus a year ago. Things had taken an apparent turn for the worst a little over a year ago when Maritz decided to cancel my contract with no explanation or consolation. Apparently that’s the way of things as a contractor working for a terrible company. Maritz was one of the best and one of the worst experiences of my working life. As a company I find it difficult to understand how they continue to operate; it was one of the most disorganized companies I’ve ever worked for.

When Maritz let me go I was floored. I literally felt sick. It was mid-December, we’d just moved into our new house, and we hadn’t even made the first house payment yet. We’d slightly over-extended ourselves when we moved but we did it believing that I would continue to be employed and we’d catch up again shortly. Unfortunately things didn’t work out that way.

After I was let go I spent a lot of time sitting around and wondering what I’d done wrong. I find it funny now that I seem to be quite valuable to CPI; whereas at Maritz I apparently had absolutely no value to them at all. I’ve worked for several companies throughout my life and I’ve never, ever been let go from a job. I’ve always received positive feedback from management and I’ve always succeeded in completing the tasks assigned to me. I’ve always felt like I was valuable to the companies I’ve worked for but for Maritz, this wasn’t the case. Ultimately I decided not to spend a lot of time doubting myself and to spend more time being positive and, above all else, finding a new job. As I found out, Maritz has a bad reputation for doing to a lot of other people exactly what they did to me. Continue reading “CPI: One Year Later”

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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. Continue reading “A Month In and Everything’s Looking Good”

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Things Have Come Full Circle

The news is out and it’s official; I’m going back to CPI. I’m sure many people who know me will be surprised by this; I’m even a little surprised. There’s a long explanation and a short explanation for my decision but, in order to save everyone’s time, I’ll go with the short one: I still feel like my decision to leave was the right one given the circumstances but I’m also happy to be coming back again.

I guess things that used to really bother me just don’t bother me so much anymore. I’ve also found that it’s very difficult to find a company that doesn’t have problems of some kind. Often times you find that you just swap one problem for another. Von Hoffmann had their problems and Maritz had monumental problems; CPI has their own as well. I think things bottomed out at CPI and, with certain “personnel changes”, the path has been cleared for a better future. CPI is active again; new projects, new tools, and a more enterprise-centric mindset. Continue reading “Things Have Come Full Circle”

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Back on the market…again

Well, here I am again, back in the job market for the third time in a year. My stint at Maritz ended “unexpectedly” let’s say, so I’m searching for a job once again. I’m in talks with several companies and recruiting firms and I’ve got a few solid leads. It’s probably not prudent to mention these specifically right now; once things pan out and offers are accepted then I’ll divulge a bit more information. I’ll just say right now that I’m hoping I’ll soon be working in a familiar and comfortable environment again. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things pan out the way I want them to. It’s looking more and more like my premature departure from Maritz might have just come at the perfect time. Who knows; maybe they did me a favor.

In the meantime I’ve have the opportunity to spend more time at home with Orson; this has an unexpected silver lining to an otherwise dark cloud. I’ve also had the opportunity to finish a significant amount of odd jobs around our new house during my time off so it hasn’t been all bad. Of course it still has caused a fair amount of stress around our house and I’m looking forward to getting back to work again so things can get back to normal.

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Goodbye, CPI

Work is great; I’m still enjoying the work and the new environment. The project I’m working on is going well and I’m looking forward to completing it. It’s very challenging yet still enjoyable. Much more enjoyable than where I was before but I guess that’s a dead horse. The good thing is that the longer I’m away from CPI the less I care now. I had some good times there and I learned a lot but those days are gone. Time to move on. When I look back on my four years there I now remember the positive and not just the negative. I guess some time away gives you more perspective. I’m definitely better for the experience.

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