Sep. 26th, 2014

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I got into work today about half an hour earlier than scheduled. Unbeknownst to me, it was a good thing because there was a job that had fallen into limbo (completely unrelated to me or my boss) and it's due on the 30th.
A little after 8.30, I had some face time with my boss, and the first thing I did was put an envelope, containing my resignation letter, into his hand. He said "thanks" and put it down while we discussed a project we'd been working on for awhile.*
Come to three in the afternoon, and I hadn't seen hide nor hair of HR or any of the other higher-ups for whom I'd prepared resignation letters, so I sent an email to HR, asking her if I could leave them somewhere safe. The company has 4 buildings spread out across about half a mile, so this is expected and there are accommodations for exactly this kind of thing.

"I've got some correspondence for you" was the thrust of my email.
"OK, what is it?"
"A letter of resignation."
"I'm sorry to hear that. Did you tell your boss?"

That last line confirmed my expectations. Somehow, when I saw him leave my area in the morning, I knew that the fact that he hadn't opened the envelope meant he wouldn't open the envelope. I can't believe that if he knew I was resigning that he wouldn't make mention of it to HR. We're a two-man division, so you'd think he'd want to get cracking on hiring my replacement ASAP.

It was with no small sense of trepidation that I prepared those letters and passed them on to their relevant destinations. For years, I'd wanted a job -- any job -- so leaving a job still seems an alien concept. But if I had any doubts about why I was leaving, the regard my boss paid to my resignation letter erased them all. Either he's dimwitted, or a complete and total asshole who wants me to know he doesn't care if I come or go. Regardless, it made me feel like I was making the right choice.

*The job was formally cancelled by the customer last week when it was obvious to them that we couldn't deliver after hacking away at it for a month. We already spent about $7,000 on custom tooling for that job, which has pretty much gone down the toilet at this point.
Today's hacking was basically a last-ditch effort to make something of those parts that might be acceptable to the customer, and perhaps at least cover the cost of the tooling. At the very least, we'd learn something about how to do this in the future, or whether it's well and truly outside of our wheelhouse. In terms of the customer, I think that ship has sailed.
The thing that makes that interesting is when someone mentioned overhearing the COO talking about my boss, in the context of that money-sink, and not using particularly congratulatory terms. It was his assessment that my boss's days are numbered unless he pulls a heck of a rabbit out of his hat, and soon. This doesn't surprise me, based on the scuttlebutt that's been going around recently.

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