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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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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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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