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.