My former corporate life
See if you can detect a pattern from my work history. Should be pretty obvious if you pay close attention.
Major petroleum company - most of the 90's
* 30,000 Employees
* Acquired by British Petroleum around the end of my tenure
* BP is currently under criminal investigation.
Software company - height of the dotcom boom
* 500 Employees
* Acquired by Choicepoint around the end of my tenure
* Choicepoint is under investigation for compromising consumer data.
Hardware/software company - around the dotcom crash
* 150 Employees
* Acquired by some East Coast company.
* The parent company shut the place down shortly after the acquisition.
Noah Data Solutions - present
* 1 Employee
* The company named after a dog.
While everything you touch may turn into gold, in my case, well...
I hope to share some humorous as well as sobering stories from my former corporate life. Let me start off with a short and sweet one.
Here I was a young engineer straight out of school. Eager to impress my superiors as well as co-workers, I often worked through lunch and slaved away in the office burning the midnight oil. Well, you get the picture.
One of my colleagues was an older gentleman near retirement. The moment the clock hit 5, he flew out the door like a bat out of hell.
One day, we ran into each other in the men's room. He complimented my work ethic and asked me how I liked working for the company. Then he said the following which I will never forget:
Working hard here is like peeing in black pants. It gives you a warm feeling, but nobody notices.