|I was fresh graduated, doing the job of and being payed as a technician instead of an engineer. They promised me a rise after a time but it was like really short, other friends told me I was being underpayed, but I kind of thought... well, it is my first job, it will get better.
Then a project came with a time in Australia for the ramp up... I offered me volunteer.
- No, you don't have enough experience.
- But there are 6 months programming here and then the 1 month there...
They sent a guy that didn't want to go because the wife was pregnant. He managed to come to the hospital 20 or 25 minutes before the kid was born.
Then I got my very first project solo, to add something with a machine programmed by another guy in the company. I had 40 hours, done in 25, the customer asked me if I could had a look to something that wasn't working fine. I fixed it needing a total of 60 hours (from a 10~15% deviation error in the expected result to a 0.4~0.6%)
I got blamed because I couldn't follow what I had been told and took over the estimation
But that the customer payed 80 hours for that project (20 hours plus for happines) and asked for two new projects to fix another two machines... nothing
Then I started doing SCALA and GUI to a project from another new guy... and alone by doing the GUI I found errors in his programming. When I told him about them, he went to the boss and complained about me.
When the CEO called me and told me I was being nitpicky I told him to screw himself.
I was told to bring my staff on the next day and that the period of notice would be activated. But as he didn't want me there I got the 6 weeks (german contract notice) as paid holidays, I had a new job in the 4th in the other side of the country so I had to find an apartment and organize the moving in less than 2 weeks. They even gave me my first week free to end the moving and so on.
I worked 8 years there, it was stressing and I sometimes met real assholes on customer side during the way, but I was good at it and I enjoyed what I did. I had to leave for familiar / personal reasons.
I still get a bit angry about the first job, but all what I learnt there (and not specially the technical knowledge) helped me a lot after it, so I can't really regret it.
I have even thought on doing them a visit somewhen if I go near by... just to say. Hi, thanks for firing me, I would not be where I am if I had stayed here
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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modified 22-Jan-21 17:55pm.