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March 25th, 2004


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07:39 am - Setting the Stage
Some things I didn't write about yesterday: Mr. Director had a lunch meeting with Mr. VP of Engineering. After this lunch, he came and talked with the group. End result of his change of heart on the move: he's with the company until they hire his replacement, and in no case will he be with the company past May. He'll be moving back to Bulgaria in June or July.

Secondly, Mr. Lead also had a quick conversation with Mr. VP of Engineering right before we took our lunch (which was after Mr. Director's). Mr. Lead said Mr. VP of Engineering wanted to reassure him that the company is not going to fire him if they don't come up with an agreement for Mr. Lead to commute. Which is funny, because Mr. Lead has already decided that if they reject the offer they're presenting today, they're going to give their notice.

So it appears that I'm not going to be an interim Director. I must say that it's a bit disappointing to me. As much as I know it's a lot of work, it's also a chance to get that "management experience" that seems all-important in the job market currently. I can wiggle my way into calling the "Lead" position management experience as well, but I don't think it'll sound as impressive.

Mr. Lead & Mr. Second are negotiating together. If one leaves, they both leave. Part of me thinks I should be rooting for them to get their demands, but then I know I won't get anything out of that. Part of me is a greedy bastard who wants to see them walk so I can get some résume padding. Honestly, they both say they are financially set for the next several months, and they too have a wink-wink-nudge-nudge setup for a new job in a few months.

Given yesterday's events, I don't think they're going to be escorted out on-the-spot. But in two weeks, things may be different. The annoying part is that I'll be lead in a tremendously undersized group. And we aren't allowed to hire anyone down here. And the two candidates I've talked with were not impressive. One was borderline pathetic.

So the big meetings start around 11am this morning, when Mr. Lead and Mr. Second meet with Mr. CEO. This is followed at noon with the All-Hands Meeting, led by Mr. VP of Engineering with Mr. CEO in attendance.

The one thing I'm nervous about is that if Mr. Lead & Mr. Second give notice, Mr. CEO may do something drastic, like close the office here immediately. That would suck. I'm not sure if my wink-wink-nudge-nudge agreement would be ready to hire me yet. Heck, I'm not even sure they really want to hire me, that's the problem of wink-wink-nudge-nudge agreements.
Current Mood: nervousnervous

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