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cogurov doesn't really exist. If he did, he would only have three letters anyway, not seven.

all he does here is rant about nothing and everything

Journal of cogurov (5192)

Friday October 07, 2005
05:30 PM

Should I stop thinking?

I usually don't get much time to think...

I'm managing to leave $job ~18:30, but my roommate now has a girlfriend, so I'm suddenly spending a lot of time by myself, thinking about everything and nothing...

I really don't like the new sensations in me...

Tuesday December 21, 2004
11:24 AM

So that's it, uh?

For two years I've been hearing things like "salaries are low because they are compensated by prizes" and "you have to do this; I know it's extra work, but you'll be paid for it".

Two years...

No prizes...

Every three months the excuse for the prize having not arrived yet would change: waiting for the end of the fiscal year, civil year, for some money from what's-his-name arriving, some project to be completed, etc.

Today (my last day on the job), I had a conversation with the guy who had told me all this... He started by asking me to do a million different things (send him programs I had done, documentation for some stuff, etc.) Afterwards, it went like this:

Me: What about the prizes?

Him: Well, you have to understand that the prizes work part as a recognition and part as an incentive, and given that you're about to leave, that part of the incentive doesn't make sense anymore...

Basically, he says I will receive a prize (again, a delayed prize, because he wants to wait for some other thing), doesn't say how much, but says it'll be lower than what others are going to receive (and yet I've probably been the one who worked harder)... but he still wants me to send him all the stuff I have...

Now... I saw this coming from a looooooooooong way, you know?

Let's just say... I prepared myself O:-)

Tuesday December 14, 2004
09:46 AM

Why are things always so complicated?

So the latest news are: my current employers want to know what would be the minimum conditions (money, that is) for me to consider staying.

Why? Why do these things always have to happen? Couldn't everything be just plain simple?

Now I'm supposed to say that, so that they can come with a new offer for me.

To tell the truth, I'm not very interested in staying, at this point. Plus, I already told the guys in Lisbon I'd be working for them from January on.

So on one hand we have money, OTOH we have what I'd like to be doing.

I really have no clue at all as to what I should do...

If I choose the money, I doubt that I'll get another chance as this one any time soon, and I know I'll be working like hell. If I choose Lisbon, I already know that things will be a little bit complicated in terms of money...

What am I going to do?

Tuesday December 07, 2004
07:20 AM

My dear friends...

Yesterday, I was given a job offer...

I'm thinking about it.

It seems good, so far :-)

Saturday October 23, 2004
09:19 AM

Another interview

As some of you might know, I went to an interview, yesterday, in Lisbon...

I really don't know what to think of it yet...

It started with me filling some pages with crosses, marking technologies I already knew with "Weak", "Medium" and "High" level and for how many years I had known them and... The first section was on "Programming languages"... There was no Perl... OK... I can live with that, they simply don't use Perl... There was C, Prolog, Java, Ada, Cobol, and lots of others, but no Perl... But the surprise was still to come...

When I got to the section on "Web" (or something like that), I immediatly recognized lots of things... HTML, Javascript, XML, XSL, Perl... wait a minute, Perl???? WTF? This should be on the Programming languages section!!!

Bah... whatever...

I didn't mention it anyway because I was only talking to a person from HR (if I get to the second phase of the process, I'll contact with technical people, I guess).

She told me about the company and a bit about the project: it's in Lisbon, which is good, it's probably on Windows, which is bad, it's in a bank, which is interesting, it's probably not very good for me financially, which is inadmissible :-)

We talked a bit about values, I mentioned a minimum value and she said "I'm not sure if, for this particular project, such an high value will be possible; would you consider a lower offer, or is it out of the question?" I said "It would depend on the rest of the circumstances", but I guess I should have said "No", because that value really isn't high, not for me, not for anyone working in Lisbon, and everybody I told the value so far keeps telling me the same thing so, you see, it's not me...

Anyway, she's supposed to take my CV to someone who'll decide whether he (or she, I don't know) wants to interview me or not, and then I might get another call asking me to go to Lisbon again...

I'm thinking, if I get that call, should I take another day off to go there or not? Hmm... If I knew in advance that they were willing to pay me a reasonable salary, I guess I would, but all I know right now is that they, apparently, are not...

I think I should call them Monday morning and tell them not to bother calling me for another interview if they really don't plan paying something similar to what I asked... I'd like to get a new job, but I'm not so desperate to the point of getting myself in an even worse financial situation than the one I have today...

Tuesday October 19, 2004
08:39 AM

And the rest of it...

So now we're talking raises and all that. Apparently, I'll be in charge of a team that includes me and 3 other people, just for starters, and until February I should have at least two more elements. On top of that, they're giving me the new contract a month before this one ends... Everything looks good, right?

That's if... I sign the contract... I'm thinking about it, but I'd much prefer having other choices...

By Friday, I shall be going to Lisbon, to another interview... :-|

Friday September 24, 2004
05:27 AM

What the hell is going on?

I work for a company that works for another company, outsourcing (I believe you call that a contractor...)

I have two bosses in the small company and another one (and also his boss) in the big company.

So... right after I decide that I'm quitting, and on the same day I'm going to say so, the boss from the big company calls me to his office and starts a speech on how good it is to work for the big company, and that there is a chance that I'll start working there real soon...

I wonder what he knows... does he read my blog or something? :-)

Tuesday September 21, 2004
04:16 AM

How not to run your company

While I was in Belfast, somebody from Lisbon tried to phone me. I didn't have my cell phone with me at the time, but I kept the number.

Back in Portugal, I used some little magic to find out where the number was from... it's from a company I sent my CV to. Let's call it the X company. Here's the conversation:

Me - Hello?

Lady - Hello.

Me - Good afternoon. I have a record here that somebody tried to call me from that number...

Lady - Well, probably somebody from X tried to call you.

Me - So this number belongs to the company X, right?

Lady - Yes.

Me - Well, OK, thank you...

The problem was... I didn't actually finished my last sentence!! After the "Yes", the lady on the other side simply disconnected my call!!

I wonder... what are they trying to achieve here? :-|

Wednesday September 01, 2004
09:07 AM


Another of my bosses paused his vacations to come and talk to me. I guess he
just couldn't believe what was going on...

We talked for about two hours... I wouldn't exactly say that everything's OK
now, because it isn't; I'm still pretty angry with what I heard. Anyway, it's
not the end of the world...

I am still going to look for a different job, though.

Tuesday August 31, 2004
10:56 AM

Approaching the end...

To make a long story short: I am now *officially* looking for a job. No, I haven't left my current job, but I will, eventually, and that is already known around here.

I don't really know how I should do this, though... I don't even know whether I want to look for a job in Portugal or abroad (you wouldn't believe how low Portuguese salaries are... plus, I would probably meet lots of interesting people if working abroad).

Oh well... :-|