Wednesday, May 11, 2005

This is going to be a good summer

After almost 6 months of being out of work, Doug started a new job today. He didn't want me to blog about it, so I won't mention the name, but let's just say it's a huge computer networking hardware company. If you are in the business, you'll be able to figure it out.

He is the PMO Manager and will be setting up and running a project management office for this company. This is the title and responsibility he has been trying to get for years. It's a 6 month contract to hire, so he can try it before he buys it.

Yesterday Doug had two interviews, one was a phone interview with an insurance company in San Antonio, and this one here in Austin. With the phone interview, the recruiter had tried to get Doug to commit to taking the job, if offered, before the interview. The recruiter said the folks wanted to make the decision that day, was only going to interview one person, and it was going to be a 12 month contract. Turns out there were three folks interviewing, there was going to be a second round of interviews, and the contract was just 3 months.

The afternoon Doug went to this other company. He had originally gone in last week for the interview, only to find out the hiring manager was out that day. He took it in stride. It was rescheduled for yesterday and they hit it off. At the end of the interview, Doug asked if the decision would be made quickly, as he was working on some other offers. On the spot, the hiring manager made an offer and asked if he could start today. Doug accepted.

He is really stoked. Maybe I can get him to write a bit about it.

Dara

6 comments:

Doug & Dara said...

Actually, it's the BIGGEST networking hardware company. Doug is just paranoid about mentioning the company in a blog. After all, there have been several cases at other companies (Delta Airlines, Microsoft, Google) where employees have been fired for blogging about their company.

Dara

Auntie M said...

WHOOPEEEEEEE!!! SO HAPPY to hear this news. Way to go, Doug!

Anonymous said...

I guess sis told ya so again, huh? Good things happen to Good people.

Aloha

PitBullJim said...

Congrats Doug!! Good things come to those who wait...

Charlie said...

Congrats! And you ARE wise not to blog the name/circumstances due to Google & such.

Glad to hear your summer is starting well ...

Doug & Dara said...

You know, I'm not too worried about mentioning Blanc & Otus by name, but I am careful about what I say -- I don't mention things that aren't announced and I WON'T talk about clients, good or bad. But I do respect Doug for not wanting to mention the company name, especially since he's not writing it and is new and doesn't know the culture yet.

Some companies encourage employees to blg. Sun does, as does Google. Even some Microsoft employees blog as their job. The difference is with Google, the guy was fired for talking about all the Google folks getting drunk and crazy at a party. Microsoft, it was a contractor who took a photo of Apple computers on the Microsoft loading dock. Whether they should have been fired or not, they didn't show the best judgement in writing about that stuff in public. That is something you have to think about every time you talk about your employer to someone else.

Dara