But still, I am doing it pretty much for the health insurance
I don’t talk about work here and that’s by design – I work because I like to sleep indoors, not as a hobby, but I think I can talk about the gestalt of where I am.
I have been at my current job for over five years.
Before that, I was at a place where – hmmm. How to put this?
The CEO was a tyrannical jerk who screamed at his subordinates in public.
He did not like to be contradicted.
He was cutting, sarcastic, and mean.
I started looking for a new job two days after I started at OldJob and left eight months later.
Nobody wept, I don’t think, the day the board fired him.
(Not for being a jerk, I don’t think, although that should have been enough. I think it’s because he spent tens of thousands of dollars – maybe more, to renovate the Milwaukee office, which was then shut down a few months later.)
But he was not the daily problem.
The daily problem was some of the people I worked with.
In their defense, when you have a jerk CEO, you do have a culture of fear and you don’t know whom you can trust and you never know what’s going to happen.
But I did not find my co-workers to be particularly motivated to do good work. I was also not impressed with the work ethic or the attitude – although yeah, with leadership like that, it’s easy to understand why people aren’t excited. They’re not exactly part of something great.
And I was working with relatively low-skilled labor.
So when I started working in the R&D group of an engineering company, it was a big change.
A few months in, one of the engineers asked me how I was liking it.
Me: I’m the stupidest person in R&D!
Engineer, very carefully: You seem bright enough to me.
Me: Hi work friend from many jobs ago!
Work friend: Hello. How do you like your new job.
Me [story about engineer politely trying to counter my assertion of being the stupidest person in the group]
WF: Hahahahaha! He does not realize you do not have any self-esteem issues!
Me: No I do not!
WF: He didn’t understand that what you were really saying was you are so happy you don’t have to work with stupid people anymore!