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Friday, 08 December 2006



Man, Si, I didn't know it was getting that way for you. Our company was started by two guys out of the back of a lawmower repair shop (they were writing and selling computer software, not repairing lawnmowers) in 1976 and has been on the NASDAQ for a while now. We have more than 3,000 employees nationwide now.

Employees of as little as a few years can remember the free donut Fridays, and when free soft drinks were stocked in all the refrigerators.

I'm seeing more and more of the big-company crap seep in just over the 2.5 years I've been there. We're acquiring companies at almost a Microsoft pace.

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations throughout the year, on Friday we can take 30 minutes to do whatever -- sleep in, leave early, take a long lunch, etc. So, they're still trying.

It's a tricky mix, keeping the caring feeling while dealing with a huge bottom line. I liked many things about working for a consulting firm with only three technical guys (including me), but there wasn't much job security.

I hope things don't get worse (is that a nice thing to say?).


After working at many different kinds of jobs, I started my own business when I was 38. That was 17 years ago. Although being self-employed requires an ability to tolerate uncertainty and enjoy adventure -- to live without a perceived safety net -- it also gives you the huge reward of being directly connected in every way to the source of your income. Every job is a personal relationship. Or a personal challenge.

If I couldn't be self-employed I'd find a way to make it work in a regular job, but it would be hard.

Moksha Gren

It is a fine line for a company to walk. I wish you luck dealing with the continuing changes. My company is still very much a Mom and Pop outfit. The management team are all friends of the CEO from pre-company days. I wouldn't trade it.

So, did the employees have any access to that IPO...or do you just get the satisfaction of knowing you helped out ;)

Also...I'm looking at your list of VPs and wondering which of them is Muffy. None of them look like they have laser vision...but it's hard to tell from these pictures.


Mark, yes that was a nice thing to say. Oddly. And this is just me venting a little more than anything else. Not sure what changes the new year will bring.

Marian, that's sort of the attitude I expected you to have. And I am a little envious of the opportunity.

Moksha, Muffy's initials are the same, which should narrow it down for you. And we did get a chance to buy in on the IPO before stocks went to the public. I just didn't have the chump change in my back pocket required for the minimum purchase.


Don't have much to contribute, but I'm obsessed with points, so...a line from Hamlet, by Marcellus specifically.

Moksha Gren

Ah yes...there he is. I should have recognized him…the marks on his cheeks from the burlap sack are just barely noticeable.


As usual, a thoughful post that resonates. I work for the provincial government so I can definitely undertsand your railings against the bureucratic nightmare that is working in a big workplace. The "bottom line" is what allows unionized employees to make as much (and sometimes more) than the people who manage them. It makes the little things that make you happy to come to work, like birthday cakes and christmas parties, or heaven forbid early dismissal on a long weekend friday next to impossible. I guess the trick is to find a way to make work enjoyable (or at least tolerable). If that means Dilbert cartoons, then embrace it. I'd suggest reading Scott Adams' blog too. He's a funny guy.

Besides, you'll notice that even Marian didn't bend over backwards - just did the client the kindness of accepted the job. I do hope that it works out for her though.


Hmmm... yesterday I wrote a lengthy, insightful comment here full of statistics and interesting facts aboot my place of employment that perfectly described the contrast between family-oriented versus non-atmosphere. Obviously I neglected to click "post." Dammitanyhow.

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