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
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
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
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.