Archive for February, 2009

一个赛一个地会讲故事

Posted: February 18, 2009 by lefteyefocus in 摆龙门

偶像亲自来过问了,压力很大。赶紧把这几天的情况做个简短总结汇报:

新的组五人,三男俩女,基本属于男女搭配,干活不累的平衡状态。(我是多余的那个男的)老板的特长是弹钢琴,不是一般的爱好者,而是弹得粉棒的半专业,居然有stage name。另外两名男同事,一名是snow boarding的教练,另一名是Alpine Mountain Climbing教练。两位女同事有何惊人本事还没打探出来,但俗话说得好:物以类聚,人以群分;一丘之貉,臭味相投。。。所以估计也是玩主。

星期一组里给我搞了个迎新聚餐,聚餐会上老板提议每个人必须做一篇”我的情人节“的故事演讲(真怀疑老板的马甲是不是毛豆)。其中一位女同事从数年前和LD在伦敦的一家剧院偶遇八起,然后两个星期后LD的求婚,然后自己如何纠结,如何豁了出去,一直到前不久有了一男一女的twin babies。故事讲得是跌宕起伏,千回百转,让我听了是只有嗟叹的份。最后六个人把故事讲完,一顿饭花了2个小时。

昨天主要是和group里要打交道的人1:1,先混个脸熟,也把这个项目的情况摸一摸。snow boarding教练是我mentor,已给我布置了本周之内要完成的任务。有点想念满campus逛游试吃食堂的悠闲日子了。

小左眼运气不错,抽签抽中了传说中WA最好的public school,这个要庆祝一下。

小小左眼在顺利成长。。。

哇靠!!!正在写此篇时,老板发来一封email:

Short story:

I am working from home today.

Slightly longer story (for those who enjoy reading short stories about the plight of a person’s day):

I left at nearly 8am to either walk or take Metro bus #11 to City People’s Nursery to catch the Microsoft Connector.  I love the Connector!

After hearing nearly most of his life story and his several reasons for taking the bus this morning, I decide to leave the guy with slight mental problems at the bus stop after 5 minutes, and walk to the next bus stop…or maybe all the way to the Connector.  What the heck – it’s a brisk February morning and I love the fresh air!

A decision I will later regret.

As I walk up the steady incline on Madison from Madison Park, I search the Web on my iPhone for anything that would tell me exactly where a #11 bus is in real-time.  I love technology!

There are several options, but nothing is accurate or working properly.

As I make it to the crest of the deceivingly steep hill on Madison in front of Broadmoor, I see a #11 coming.  I run towards the next stop, but I am not able to make it in time to catch the determined bus.

I continue walking.

I’m not too worried.  I’m in decent shape.  I run.  And I have at least 73 seconds to traverse a few more large city blocks to get to the Connector.

As I descend down the hill from Broadmoor, I can see the 8:37am Connector stopped at the traffic light at the intersection just before the Arboretum.

I’m not sure at this point, but even though I cannot see the driver’s face or a discernable face on the inanimate van, I’m fairly certain the van is taunting me.

No problem.

I can miss this one (by just 1 minute – the minute I could have saved by taking the #11, had I listened to the crazy person for just a few more minutes).

No worries.

I’m smart.  I’m resourceful.

I have the technology to reserve the next spot on the next Connector.

I fire up the browser on my iPhone and go to the Connector site.

It works.  As expected.

I sign up for the next flight to work.  I love the luxury and comfort of the seats on the Connector

Well…I try for a couple more times.

I finally notice the error message at the top letting me know that no seats are available.

No problem.

No worries.

I stay positive.  I am smart.  I am resourceful.  I am determined.

I send out a couple of text messages looking for co-workers who would love my company and my story from this morning.  #1 is on the bridge already.  #2 doesn’t respond.

No problem.  No worries.  I’m freaking smart.  I am damned resourceful.  I am so $#$%$^#4 determined.

I can take the Metro bus.

As I walk to the next bus stop for #11, I remember the route.  Metro #11 can take me up to 23rd, I transfer to another bus down to 520, transfer to another bus on 520 around the Montlake Bridge, and I’ll be in the comfort of my office within the hour.

Halfway in between bus stops, a #11 bus passes me.

I see no taunting face on the bus as it passes by and blows dust in my face, but I can hear it snicker.

The universe has spoken loudly and clearly.

I’m working from home today.

现在,我要怀疑我老板Hire我的唯一理由是,我自称自己也是个good story teller。我预感将来的team email thread要像BBS上的坑一样,洪水滔天了。。。

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阿狗被雷记 (七)

Posted: February 7, 2009 by lefteyefocus in 摆龙门

其实阿狗被雷记到第六集就已经讲完了,往后应该是阿狗找工记了。现在把阿狗找工的情况做些简单的update。

01/23

阿狗把手下两个CSG的合同续到他们的Max End Date。得到了猫熊“帮人就是帮自己的评语”。

中午,头天申请的三个职位中的一个的Hiring Manager回信要performance reviews。10分钟后又回信询问阿狗是不是1/1400,得到肯定回答后告诉阿狗为了加快速度,把information interview免了,通知recruiter直接安排interview loop。

下午有vendor agent打电话给阿狗,问了下大概的背景情况,又问了下阿狗期望的pay,阿狗信口说了句$80-$100/hr。说完后心里没底,晚上上西版询问行情,后来得知在正常经济情况下还算靠谱,不知道在当前情况下靠不靠谱。

晚上,另一个hiring manager表示对阿狗有兴趣,安排了一个information interview。

01/24-25

周末把过去做的东西整理了整理,为面试做准备。

01/26

面见STB的staffing consultant。她是负责阿狗内部工作寻找的。和阿狗讨论了下他的职业计划,谈得比较投机,她甚至鼓励阿狗申请PM的职位。她让阿狗把自己感兴趣的职位职位准备一个spreadsheet,她会把它转给各个组的recruiters。她还告诉阿狗,现在形势还可以,内部近期会出来一批openings,而且有不少公司知道WS公司雷人的消息后,都去WS雇的outplacement service公司去要人。

当晚,某组的recruiter安排了01/29,01/30两天的interview loop。那个表示对阿狗有兴趣的hiring manager也安排了01/28的information interview。

01/27

阿狗的internal job search account已经设好,这样阿狗可以申请unlimited的职位。在这之前最多只能同时申请5个。阿狗最后申请了12个。

阿狗一整天基本就是在读job description,做各组各产品的research。

01/28

阿狗和做information interview的hiring manager相谈甚欢。临别hiring manager告诉阿狗他尽快和recruiter联系安排interview loop。

当晚截止,又有两个组表示对阿狗有兴趣,安排interview loop和information interview.

01/29-30

和某组面完,见到了最后的大头。但被告知,现在又好几个strong candidates,组里需要一点时间做最后决定。

30日当晚截止,已有四个组明确要给阿狗安排interview loop.

01/31, 02/01

周末,休息,学习。

02/02-02/06

一周已经全部被interview排满,随后的两周也已经排满,共排了9个interview loop,到了02/06,阿狗已经有了种疲于奔命的感觉。简单总结如下:

  1. 机会还是不少,但是竞争也很激烈,毕竟光内部就一下子放出了800-900个从背景上基本合格的候选人,以前那种碰上一个满意的立即拍板的景象不再了。
  2. 也有一部份是假opening,组里可能并不想要人,或者并不急着要人,但又想握着head count,在recruiter的压力下,装模作样也面试几个人,但明显不take it seriously。
  3. WS印度人的势力太大了,有几个组几乎全组印度人。阿狗在去WS在某city的office面试时,回来时shuttle bus上除了阿狗和一个白人,其余近20个全是印度人。
  4. 印度人搞种族歧视,或者说种族保护,搞得是毫无忌惮。有人总结印度人能说,要讲能说,阿狗比印度人能说,阿狗和所有非印度人的面试都相当不错,但和所有印度人的面试全砸了。也不叫面试砸了,是毫无交流的面试,双方都煎熬地耗够一小时,然后不再见。
  5. 在招人的组主要集中在那几个赔钱的,招人骂的division,反而是稳定的,市场份额在增长的组很谨慎,甚至人人自危。看来是会哭的孩子有奶吃,闯祸的孩子最让家长操心啊。
  6. WS铺的面太广了,什么样的杂七杂八的项目都有。很多项目在做相似或相同的东西。
  7. 前景不明朗。
  8. WS的巅峰时期已过,渐渐或者说已经转变成类似我的鼻毛那样的公司。阿狗要把眼睛往外,往远点的地方望望了。