Changes

Friday was my last day at Sun Microsystems. I had a very hard time walking out the door at the end of the day. I wasn’t sure why at the time, but I think I’ve figured it out. I worked for Sun for eight years. I’ve been working with a lot of the same folks there for a good part of that time. I really liked working for Sun.

So why leave? I don’t want to get into the exact details. The place changed a lot recently, and so did my job. I found myself working for someone who didn’t know me at all, and had no interest in that changing. I wasn’t even a person I was Jay Penney and the Interns (yes, great band name). That pretty much decided it for me. This does, of course, show that the interns had it worse than me, but at least they were doing the job they were hired for (sort of)

I wasn’t concerned about finding another job. I’ve had offers before. More than once I’ve had people I worked with in the past call and try and hire me away. This time I went looking. I found something much more in line with what I want to do, with what seems like a great group of people.

The last few weeks have been hard. I have a terminal case of nice-guy-itis. Even thought I really didn’t know how to do the job they shoved me into, I worked damn hard to ensure things were in the best shape possible before leaving. I even pulled a few 11-12 hour days. A lot of my friends said, “screw em,” but I couldn’t. Not because I’m a pushover. I don’t let people walk all over me. Good people would have had to bear the brunt of it, and I couldn’t leave things like that. The best thing about that time was working with Matt (one of the interns). Matt had been there for a while, but we didn’t interact much. Since I was given the Paul’s job (Paul was our boss, and one of my best friends), I ended up getting to know him a lot better. Great guy.

So anyway, tomorrow I turn thirty and Tuesday I’ll start my new job. Changes are afoot and I’m pretty excited.

7 Comments

  1. Del says:

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Mark J Musante says:

    Happy birthday!

    Sorry to see you leave – it’s been great working with you. I can safely say that the DRM CLI would have kicked ass (if it hadn’t been pulled at the last minute) mostly due to my wanting to get it right for your testing code. I know you’re going to do great in your next job, and I look forward to our paths crossing again.

  3. Dad says:

    Hope day one went well and best of luck with the new job! Edna and I enjoyed seeing you Denise and the girls this weekend. Did you get the photos?

    dad

  4. Nicole says:

    Hope your enjoying your new job and happy birthday (a bit belated)

    I’m supposed to be coming up to NH sometime in the near future maybe we could get together again.

    Nicole

  5. Jay says:

    Whoops. Bit behind on answering comments:

    Mark,

    It was great working with you (and before anyone gets the idea I worked on something else, when Mark says DRM he means Sun StorageTek Data Replication Manager) I still remember the day I realized that the guy I’d seen a million times in ifMud worked down the hall. Small world. Keep in touch

    Dad,

    Yes I got the pictures. Thanks.

    Nicole,

    That would be great. I’ll send you an email.

    Jay

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