Category Archives: Work

Take this job and shove it

Thought of the DayBelow is an abridged email from an employee after they quit their job. It is well written and very funny – enjoy.

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As many of you probably know, yesterday was officially my last day. But before I’m just another memory of coworkers gone-by, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what a great and distinct pleasure it has been to type “…my last day.”

Over the 57 months I’ve hoped and prayed and wished upon stars I might one day leave this company. And now, when this dream has finally become a reality, please know I could not have reached this goal without your unending lack of support. Words cannot express my gratitude for the words of gratitude you did not express.

I would especially like to thank my managers:  In an age where miscommunication is all too common, you consistently impressed and inspired me with the sheer magnitude of your misinformation. It takes a strong person to admit their mistakes—it takes a stronger person to attribute their mistakes to me.

You have taught me more than I could ever ask for and, in most cases, ever did ask for. I have been fortunate enough to work with some absolutely interchangeable supervisors on a wide variety of seemingly identical projects – an invaluable lesson in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium.

Your demands were high and your patience short, but I take great solace knowing my work was, as stated on my annual review, “exceeds expectations”—high praise indeed, until realizing how farcical those words are when a salary increase of less than 2% goes with them. Amazing how one can exceed all expectations at every turn and yet the distance between compensation ceiling and actual annual salary keeps growing wider and wider.

To the few people with whom I’ve interacted, here are my personalized notes of farewell:
To M: You’re the ONLY reason my sanity is still intact.
To N: You’re amazing. Thank you for sharing your positive vibes and energy, great attitude, and wonderful sense of humor with me.
To H: I’m sorry you set me up to fail. Maybe one day you’ll get it.
To A: Get over yourself. You’re not a nice person. Own it.

Outta here

travelA surprise business trip means that I will be flying out to California for work for the next few days and may be slow to respond.

Despite the fact that I’ll be inside conference rooms all day long, I’m still happy to get away from the cold that has gripped Boston if even for just a few days.

Thank you for your patience if I’m slow to approve any comments, post on Facebook & Twitter or respond to email.

Boston firms well represented in Glassdoor’s annual Best Places to Work

Best places to work, glassdoor, glass doorAre you contemplating a job change in the new year? You may want to check out Glassdoor’s annual list of Best Places to Work for 2015.  While Google took the top prize for the first time this year, six Boston-based firms were recognized making it the second most represented metropolitan area on the list – not bad for such a small city if you think about it.

In addition to Bain & Company (No. 2), the other Boston area companies on Glassdoor’s list are Boston Consulting Group (No. 5), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (No. 12), MathWorks (No. 19), Massachusetts General Hospital (No. 28), and Bose (No. 46).  In addition to its “Best Places to Work” list, Glassdoor also released its annual report of the “50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work For.” A total of four Boston-area companies are represented on this list, including Hubspot (No. 15), Hill Holiday (No. 33), VMTurbo (No. 40), and Analysis Group (No. 41).


Ever have one of those meetings

humor, dumb, work

It’s Friday… I’m outta here

Its FridayThis pretty much sums up my feelings today.  Much thanks to MAC who writes the blog Yummy of the Day whom I swiped this from last month.

Heading to Texas



Once again work has me traveling this week, but this time it is for meetings in Dallas, Texas and then some fun in Austin, Texas.

I leave on Tuesday for a two day meeting in Dallas and then will fly down to Austin to visit a friend and his family.  I have not been back to Austin for about 3 years so I am looking forward to the visit.

In San Francisco for a New York minute

San FranciscoWork is taking me to San Francisco this week. Unfortunately the way the meetings are structured it  leaves me with virtually no time to spend apart from my colleagues and will likely mean that I’ll be slow to respond to any questions or comments.  That doesn’t mean I won’t try to get out and enjoy an hour or two on my own but I do wish I had more time to enjoy San Francisco.

2 Bedroom rental housing wage

2-bed-housing-wage-mapAbove is a map of what households nationwide must earn per hour to lease a 2-BR apartment at the going market rate without spending more than 30% of monthly income on rent. Not surprisingly, Massachusetts exceeds the national average requiring an hourly rate of $24.08. Hawaii is the most expensive at $31.54 and Puerto Rico the most affordable at $10.19.  Keep in mind this is an average. It would be far more interesting to see how this translates to hourly wages needed to live in cities in some of these states; I’m assuming this would spike significantly.

Source: Washington Post

Off to NYC for a few days

travelThis month has been full of business travel, dashing off to DC and NYC repeatedly.

I’m back at Logan airport to fly to NYC for my final trip of the month. While I’m working in NYC I may be slow to respond and update my blog so thank you in advance for visiting and for your patience with me.

Heading to D.C.

W-WashingtonDCAssuming my Jet Blue flight takes off on time, I should be on the runway at Logan Airport. I have an early morning meeting on Friday in D.C. and was faced with the option of taking a very, very early flight or spending the night in America’s most dysfunctional city. Since I love to sleep and I’m no stranger to dysfunction it was an easy decision to make.

I’ll be staying at the W Washington D.C. I’ve been to this property once before and I wrote about it in my 2010 post, Excuse me, but don’t I know you?  I wonder if I’ll see anyone else famous there on this trip.

Any thoughts or suggestions on where I should grab a bite or place I should go this evening while visiting? I’ll only have a couple of hours because as I mentioned previously – I love to sleep.

Can you guess where BosGuy is today

Where is BosGuyDo you recognize this photograph of this American city that I pulled from the Internet? Yesterday I flew here for two days of business meetings.  If you think you recognize this American city skyline leave your guess in my blog’s comment section.

The Theater Offensive is looking…

The Theater OffensiveI love The Theater Offensive. This nonprofit works diligently to help present the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lives. They use creative expression and performance to help break through personal isolation many in the LGBT feel, challenge the status quo, and help build a stronger community.

Job Opportunity: Development and Communications Associate

Recently I was made aware that they are looking for a new development and communications associate. The opportunity seems ideal for someone starting their career or with just a few years experience and I know how hard those positions can be to find so I wanted to give The Theater Offensive a shout out and encourage you to apply if interested or share with friends who may be interested.

Columbus Day

COLOMBUS-DAY-APPLE-MAPSColumbus Day is one of those pseudo holidays here in the US celebrated mostly by schools, banks and non-profits.  Having said that, in Boston it can feel like you are the only one working.

Are you working today?

Richard Branson

VirginI rarely talk about work, but every once in a while something happens that I want to share.  Later today, I will see and possibly meet Sir Richard Branson – Founder of Virgin Group.  He is a guest speaker at a program I am helping run. At this same event last year, I was able to meet and talk to our 2012 Keynote, President Bill Clinton.

Sometimes my job is pretty cool.

Is it Friday?

Monday Blues FridayYeah, it has been that kind of week. Someone pour me a drink coffee.