Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Full Circle

Karma is a wonderful thing.

What one dishes out, eventually, at some time, will come back to them. One who treats others with contempt, disrespect and abuse will receive much of the same at a future point in time. It may not be soon, however eventually, one's own misdeeds will come back to bite them in the ass.

For the former upper-management member of my previous department who made my life - and the lives of many others - absolute hell, that day was yesterday.

The company's top executives swung the ax and cut development of the product that I had tested for two years. All employees of my former department were either offered jobs in other departments or laid off. The product that many of us had high hopes and dreams for was rendered defunct. And my asshole former upper management member and tormentor, whose sole ambition was to shine in his glory and be promoted to up the ranks, was tucked away into an office that severely limited his interactions with people.

It was a sad day for many, but a triumphant one as well, for those of us who were the unfortunate recipients of this man's verbal abuse and impossible demands for the last 2+ years.

As it turns out, I had escaped that sweatshop environment just in time; the unfortunate news came two months to the day after I started my new job with the IT department. I am so thankful, not only for removing myself from a hostile work environment and saving myself the stress of a reassignment or layoff, but for landing in a place where everyone is respected, acknowledged, and treated well.

This is the way it should be.

I worked in Network Operations for four years before relocating to California. The past seven years with my current company were spent testing software. Now, as of two months ago, I am in Operations again, and back in my element. The learning curve has been steep, but with help along the way, I am quickly growing into my new role. And I love my job again, for the first time in years.

Yes, it gets stressful at times. Sometimes the shit hits the fan and we all have to scramble. Network Operations is all about putting out fires and attempting to keep up with very dynamic environment. Even so, management supports us, appreciates us, respects us, and allows us the freedom to determine our own paths; instead of running our lives with impossible deadlines, unsurmountable pressure, and a complete lack of regard for our families and outside obligations. Our boss here is one of the best I have ever worked for, and everyone on the team is positive, supportive and helpful.

I may not be quite so cheery when I eventually end up on-call and have to wake up in the middle of the night for an outage. But as it stands now, I am happier than I have been in years.

I wish the same for my friends in my old department, who are now finding their paths within their new groups.

I would love to tell my previous upper management member to kiss my ass, but I am restraining myself. He got what was coming to him, in spades, through this wonderful thing called karma.

That satisfaction is all I need.


Anonymous derek said...

yay for karma!

April 3, 2008 at 4:05:00 PM PDT  

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