end of an exciting day
i suppose the biggest lesson was how fast information travels nowadays. my old blog was pretty technically focused and as such, attracted a very specific audience. i guess i just figured that's how it would work for this new blog; it could serve as a place for me to put up my stories about working at google so my friends could all read it and i wouldn't have to repeat the same thing 20 times a day.
the second lesson was that in today's blogosphere, speculation runs rampant. i suppose i should've anticipated this one as well, but i hadn't learned the previous lesson yet, so i didn't really think too many people other than my friends would be reading this thing. oops!
anyways, here we are after the flurry of activity, and i wanted to address the most common criticism people have been posting around: i must be crazy/stupid/irrational/etc. becuase since i knew what i was getting myself into when i joined google, i shouldn't be complaining. while i do admit that i am a little of all of the above, i would encourage people to realize that life is all about compromises and trade-offs. in this particular scenario, before i made my decision to leave microsoft and come to google, i very carefully weighed many things, including (but not limited to):
- overall compensation, including the benefits packages
- mission and values of the companies
- career growth potential and opportunities
- scope of work i would be doing
- working environment and atmosphere
as far as voicing my opinion on different matters, well, it just depends on the person. some people are more open about issues that bother them, others keep thoughts internally. i think part of the beauty of the blogging movement is that for the first time, people worldwide are empowered to voice their opinion. i choose to exercise that privilege :)
anyways, if you don't give feedback, how will things ever get better?
p.s. for all you conspiracy theorists out there, this is not a PR/HR stunt and yes i am a real person :p