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Old 02-23-24, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
How about a nice 90 day supply of HTFU? Seriously, over the counter stuff (acetaminophen (safest), ibuprofen, naproxen) should be adequate, and wouldn't you have to tell the FAA about anything stronger? Plus, I don't have a DEA number.

I wasn’t being serious. Only hurts when I cough, or breath, or sneeze. I just won’t do those things.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I wasn’t being serious. Only hurts when I cough, or breath, or sneeze. I just won’t do those things.
I figured, hence the first sentence. Breathing is optional.
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how about a warm glass of shut the hell up? (RMOT )

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Originally Posted by TMonk
Tough break w the travelling gig. Within my work (scientific instrumentation - mass spec), recruiters from the bigger companies have tried to hunt me for Field Engineer or Field Applications (<-- more fun/pay), but I'm not into the travel , Would come with a bump up in pay too. But I like my work, my team, my boss so there is a big QOL draw for me to stay. Plus, my commute is a 10 min ride or 20 min walk.
What guarantee have you that these conditions are permanent? Things change. Change is virtually guaranteed. You would be wise to carefully think through all the options before dismissing opportunities.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
how about a warm glass of shut the hell up? (RMOT )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owNO5s3eln4
RMOT:
The marble rye episode
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Originally Posted by BillyD
What guarantee have you that these conditions are permanent? Things change. Change is virtually guaranteed. You would be wise to carefully think through all the options before dismissing opportunities.
Ya I hear ya. Been here 12 years... Almost left about half way through that (offer on the table) but negotiated a big raise and a three year salary plan. I like my job, only reason I left was money.

But money is a motivator, it's why we do this rat race after all. Buddies of mine within science/biotech who have jumped around are earning considerably more than me, like 20-30%. I am a good communicator, interviewee and people person, but I hate doing the whole rat race of updating resumes, writing cover letters, applying for jobs, trying to sell myself etc. I know its a valuable skill, it's just not work I enjoy doing. I'd probably be making more money if I did like doing that.

I really like the idea of doing something medical, academic or civic in the long run. Going through this whole acquisition and layoff thing really pissed me off - private equity at the top. I recently applied for a city job, the water testing plants. I would have to enter as Associate level and take a moderate pay cut, but I would like this crap behind. Eventually, the Senior positions with the city earn a solid amount, and it's more of a social role, interfacing with policy makers and such. I think that would be really neat.
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Speaking of hating the rat race - it looks like I get to hand out crappy raises to my team (of 5). Some of these kids are second-years that ordinarily would be eligible for promotion, and ARE ready from a competency/skill/development perspective. But the cash isn't there (or so the capitalists say). This is the time in their life when they should be making big leaps in pay and responsibility.

I am such a people first manager and really encourage my team's growth. But, you have to balance that with the needs of the business, in industry at least. I struggle with that but ultimately I am good at doing my job, even if it means dangling the carrot in front of them further. Which I hate.
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It is later. Roof has hail damage as well as gutters. I hope they can get this done without me resorting to legal action.

I would have preferred a clean bill of health rather than drama. Oh well this will be interesting.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Keep Porsche's, Porsche. Leave the VW's to VW.
Why start now?
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My wife doesn’t want me to get cameras. Thinks it will enable bad behavior when people do dumb **** (probably right)
Have them in my car.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
prolly need to wait until I get home. She’s not having a great time. Day 4 being gone, 3 more to go.

I need a bike ride or something. Had to wake up at 3 am today won’t get to the hotel til about 6 pm. I doubt i’ll ride today, I will be exhausted and starving. Start at 4 am tomorrow and end up in orlando. Overnight is nice and long, the hotel has no gym. Can’t make this **** up.
You better take her on that tropical trip she wants. Do it before August. Don’t want to get caught in any hurricanes. Just sayin.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Speaking of hating the rat race - it looks like I get to hand out crappy raises to my team (of 5). Some of these kids are second-years that ordinarily would be eligible for promotion, and ARE ready from a competency/skill/development perspective. But the cash isn't there (or so the capitalists say). This is the time in their life when they should be making big leaps in pay and responsibility.

I am such a people first manager and really encourage my team's growth. But, you have to balance that with the needs of the business, in industry at least. I struggle with that but ultimately I am good at doing my job, even if it means dangling the carrot in front of them further. Which I hate.
Wait until you have to lay a 15 of them off the week before Christmas. Was not at this job, was a previous one. Makes you feel like a POS. Even if some of them are marginal performers.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Why start now?
I just want the ID.7 to have a wagon in the states.
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Out on a walk
Is that Mt. Lemmon in the distance? That's on my personal to-do list.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Speaking of hating the rat race - it looks like I get to hand out crappy raises to my team (of 5). Some of these kids are second-years that ordinarily would be eligible for promotion, and ARE ready from a competency/skill/development perspective. But the cash isn't there (or so the capitalists say). This is the time in their life when they should be making big leaps in pay and responsibility.

I am such a people first manager and really encourage my team's growth. But, you have to balance that with the needs of the business, in industry at least. I struggle with that but ultimately I am good at doing my job, even if it means dangling the carrot in front of them further. Which I hate.
BTDT. Nothing like being told it's up to YOU to motivate your Minions, but denying you the best tools.

Review season was always so much fun. For years, we would do our reviews and try to find ways to incrementally award better performers, or have a big meeting with other managers and have to justify giving somebody 3% vs 2.75% (My suggestion of 2.875% got me some dirty looks), when in the end it made a difference of a couple bucks/paycheck.

By contrast, when I started at Genentech in the early 80s, it coincided with an era of high inflation, so raises in the 5-10% range were what you gave average performers, with better performers getting 10-15%. There was one guy whom they wanted to leave without having to fire, to whom they gave a PUNITIVE raise of only 4%.

Then, in 1991, I left there for a startup, which had a lot less money to throw around. This was complicated by the fact that their approach to hiring was to hire Post-Docs for the lab head positions (because they're cheap) but to hire the most experienced non-PhD lab folks they could find (because they're the ones who do the actual work), which meant that most of the employees were the sort of folks who'd been getting 10-15% raises for the last 10 years. So, when management announced that the target was 5%, there was considerable disgruntlement.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Wait until you have to lay a 15 of them off the week before Christmas. Was not at this job, was a previous one. Makes you feel like a POS. Even if some of them are marginal performers.
My FIL was fired from a position he held for about 20 years two days before our wedding. His boss sent us a $500 Waterford vase. When my new bride found out after the honeymoon, she smashed the vase in our driveway.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Wait until you have to lay a 15 of them off the week before Christmas. Was not at this job, was a previous one. Makes you feel like a POS. Even if some of them are marginal performers.
I had a year like that. Previous company - we had a big contract with NIH, and they canceled it, through a mixture of their incompetence, our CEO overpromising, and most importantly a thorny technical problem (which only became a problem because NIH changed the product they wanted AFTER the contract was in place). OH! And the fact that by the end of 2006, nobody gave a **** about Biodefense anymore. Anyhow, the contract was canceled on, like, the 20th of December. So, the COO told us to go home, enjoy the Christmas break as best we could, but there would definitely be a RIF when we got back.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
It is later. Roof has hail damage as well as gutters. I hope they can get this done without me resorting to legal action.

I would have preferred a clean bill of health rather than drama. Oh well this will be interesting.
I hear you. Hoping for no drama.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Wait until you have to lay a 15 of them off the week before Christmas. Was not at this job, was a previous one. Makes you feel like a POS. Even if some of them are marginal performers.
I only had to lay off three during our big RIF in 2022. And it was in early November - not quite the holidays yet. But ya man that sucked.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Is that Mt. Lemmon in the distance? That's on my personal to-do list.
Those are the Rincon mountains, one of a few ranges surrounding Tucson. Lemmon is in the Catalina mountains further north, obscured by the buildings / hillsides in my photo. Mt Lemmon has been on my bucket list for a while as well! Still haven't climbed it.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
I only had to lay off three during our big RIF in 2022. And it was in early November - not quite the holidays yet. But ya man that sucked.
When my company decided to close the Brisbane facility, the SVP of Research came out in person and he informed everyone of their fate. It was weird, because everything HR "experts" tell you is that you have to tear the bandaid off - you tell people they're laid off, give them time to collect their personal belongings and get them out of the building THAT DAY. In our case, we needed everyone to complete or terminate whatever they were working on and to make sure that everything to be shipped to The Home Office was properly identified, located, and centralized. My group stayed on 2 1/2 months, another group stayed 2 more months, and the third stayed 3 months more than that.

And I'm proud to say that everyone, even knowing they were losing their jobs, worked diligently and professionally to accomplish all of that. Those folks were just the best. (*sniffle*)
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tough times genejockey. sounds like a killer team you guys had there.
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Road trip with Mrs datlas to Carlisle, PA. A family friend has a daughter with an event/opening at a gallery in Dickinson College.

The downtown is quite walkable. genejockey you may want to put it on your list.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
Those are the Rincon mountains, one of a few ranges surrounding Tucson. Lemmon is in the Catalina mountains further north, obscured by the buildings / hillsides in my photo. Mt Lemmon has been on my bucket list for a while as well! Still haven't climbed it.
It’s on my list too.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
You better take her on that tropical trip she wants. Do it before August. Don’t want to get caught in any hurricanes. Just sayin.
Hurricane season starts June 1.
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