I’ve had some pretty cool jobs in the past. So far though, none have been as cool as working at CLEARLINK has been this past week. I’m sure that as time goes on a little bit of the romance will wear off, but from what I’ve seen they work hard here to keep their people happy.
Thus far, when I’ve needed something, it’s been made available to me. They bought me a license to both TextMate AND Coda 2 to make sure I had all the editing tools I need as a developer.
There is also just a really good vibe here. People are generally nice, and I’m always able to find someone to answer my questions should I have any. The schedule has been really good too. I haven’t had to worry about things like when I’m going to get off or if I’m going to have to work late. Sure there will be times when I’ll have to stay a little late to finish some stuff up, but I’m able to leave at 4:45 if I’ve got nothing going on.
You might be asking yourself “Why did you want to leave The Ranch?” Well, the answer isn’t simple. I loved working at The Digital Ranch. They are an awesome group of people and I wish them all the best. In fact, I wasn’t even looking for a new job. CLEARLINK came to me though, and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.
At CLEARLINK I have better health benefits, discount gym memberships (if the on site gym isn’t quite doing it for me), tuition reimbursement (so I can finally go to school), and lots of cool company events! Basically there are a lot of reasons that made me want to move over to CLEARLINK.
My first week here at “The Ranch” (as I will refer to it from now on) has been a good one. I’m excited to be working with ASP.Net again, but I won’t soon be forgetting my deep roots in PHP.
I’ve been working all week on a re-skin of the back-end on one of our products called “Site Manager”. As you couldn’t probably guess by the name, Site Manager is a CMS system. I’ve enjoyed working on the re-skinning project because it’s given me a chance to learn the in’s and out’s of Site Manager.
Just to get you, my readers, a little more familiar with where I work I’ll give you a quick list of the tools I use here:
- Visual Studio 2010, Ultimate Edition
- Visual Source Safe / Team Foundation Server (a mix of both)
- Microsoft Office (of course)
- Chrome / IE (browsers)
And here’s my desk:
Well, that’s about it for today. Be looking forward to more programming-related (don’t worry, I’m still going to do PHP) articles!
Yesterday was my last day at Ivinex. I got to work earlier than everyone else, as per usual. I did my normal surfing around on the internet to get my brain going (not to mention the Dr. Pepper at my side).
Next (at about 7 am) I began putting the final touches on some reports I was working on. Calculating Profit Margin Percentages and such…you know how it goes. Hardest part is getting the client to buy into a formula for calculating different percentages.
Once I got all that sorted out I went through and delete all my files off the computer, cleared the cache on all the browsers, documented everything, and I was outta there. It’s sad to leave and be on my way to a new job, but I don’t think it will really hit me until I’m sitting at my new desk come Monday morning.
I’m pretty happy about the way things are going in life right now. I love my wife, I love the type of work I do, and I love all my family and friends. Life is good!!