I don’t usually talk about my job online for a bunch of different reasons. For one thing, I deal with confidential data. For another, I think that “what do you do?” is the least interesting question anyone can ask me when they first meet me. For the two or three of you who don’t actually know what I do, I’m a Systems Administrator for a hosting company. When most people ask me what I do for a living, I usually just say, “computers.”
Despite the low frequency of my work-related posts, my job is an incredibly large part of my life. I’ve worked at Mr. Company1 for almost thirteen years, starting in the summer of 2002. I was 29 when I started working for the company. When I started working there, my cell phone was new and large and awkward, and I still had a pager for emergencies. (Remember pagers?)
The company sent me to Hong Kong for two weeks in 2008. This was my first trip outside of the United States other than Canada and the Bahamas. My employment there is the very reason that I lived in Germany for three years, working for our European office in Germany. Working for Mr. Company is what allowed me to travel all over Europe for the last few years.
In a week’s time, however, the company won’t exist. Not in its current form, anyway. We’re being merged into our sister company, and we’re taking their name. My health benefits are switching companies. We’ll have a new CEO. I’ll be given a new e-mail address.
On the first of April, the name of my employer will cease to exist in North America. That’s a hell of a thing.
I’m excited though. So far, the changes coming down from on high have been good ones- they’ve separated our different offices into separate product lines, which means that our Utah office gets my least favorite platform, while I still get to play with my favorite products every day. My department has also gone from a 24/7 schedule to a 24/5 schedule, with nobody in the office on Saturday or Sunday.
Since my return from Germany, my responsibilities and workload at my job have increased a great deal. The company keeps me very, very busy, and that’s going to continue. Some time in the next few months, the newly merged and re-named Mr. Company will be sending me to Tokyo for about a month. In theory, I’ll go in May or June- the schedule isn’t fixed yet, so it could be later. Alas, it will likely be far too late to see the famous cherry blossoms. It will be my first trip to Japan. It will also be my first trip to another country for the new-and-improved Mr. Company, and I think that’s going to be pretty nifty.
In just five more days, it will be time to say goodbye to the company that I’ve always known, and hello to more or less the same company in a newer, shinier form. More or less.
Mr. Company is dead. Long live Mr. Company.
1I always refer to my current employer as Mr. Company online. Always.