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Fri, 01 Apr 2005

St. Louis

So much for carefully keeping record of my adventures.

Today, I am in St. Louis, Missouri, where I am under contract with MasterCard International as a software engineer. I'm still looking for longer-term housing, as the NCAA basketball playoffs are keeping the local hotels completely full, and therefore keeping rates somewhat higher than usual. And my family will be joining me here in the St. Louis area when the school year is over.

I moved here in mid-March, after investing four months in a contract-to-hire position at MarkMonitor® in San Francisco. However, the CEO made some structural changes to that organization, resulting in a re-definition of the project I was working on and the removal of some authority from my boss, the vice-president of operations.

At MarkMonitor, when my first four months were nearly up, I had inquired of my boss whether I was to be offered direct employment or if my contract was to be renewed. His answer was somewhat non-committal, which induced me to update my résumé. Within the week, I'd had several interviews and a contract offer from MasterCard. I went back to my boss with this new information, and emphasized that although I'd prefer to stay at MarkMonitor, I also needed to have some certainty. He was, once again, non-committal.

His reasons became clear the following Monday, when the CEO revealed a new layer between the top and VP of operations - a senior vice president. Of course, by this time, I had already resigned and accepted the contract at MasterCard.

That's the background. I will attempt to keep this blog slightly more updated in the coming weeks.

posted at: 19:30 |

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