Rowyn (rowyn) wrote,

Change Is

Hey, did I mention that I switched jobs and am working for a different company?


You'd think I'd've said something, but it wasn't as dramatic a change as it sounds like. Around last July, my boss told me that our IT company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toddler Bank and its sister banks, was thinking of offering product support for our banking software. No one who works at the IT company knows very much about the banking software. They mostly do network support, run the processing center, and install new hardware and software, rather than providing software support. If you want software support, you don't call IT. You call whomever at your institution knows the product best, and if she doesn't know, you contact the company that makes the product. It's a difference of skills that makes sense to me, but doesn't necessarily make sense to all users.

So, in order to provide software support, they'd have to hire someone who knew the software. Someone like, say, me.

In September, the IT company interviewed me. The interviewer told me that, for the next year or so, I'd still be working at my current desk because they didn't have room for me in the IT office. At some future point, though, they'd get a new office somewhere between the two main banks, and I'd have to commute to the new location. Which would not be within walking distance of my current house. I told him I was willing to commute if they were willing to give me enough of a raise to cover the cost of buying a car. He said, "Well, I'll get back to you about that. Unless I tell you the raise is not feasible, I'll assume you're on board with us."

This was actually my point to turn the job down, if I was going to, although I didn't realize it at the time. I don't know what I was expecting. Salary negotiation, maybe, or at least an offer of "we'll give you $X, is that enough?" especially since I hadn't said how much I felt would cover a car. That never happened. Instead, things just progressed towards the new job, with me being towed along in its wake. I haven't gotten a raise yet, but I haven't been asked to relocate yet either so that's fair enough.

I spent much of December training various people to do parts of my old job, and the last week of December frantically training new people to do parts I'd taught someone else, as the managers changed their minds about who they wanted doing what. On January 2, I officially became an IT employee.

It's ... kind of different, and kind of the same. I've been to more meetings, and been working on more long-term projects. I'm still doing board reports, because it's a nasty monster of a job and would be a pain to teach anyone else, and even more of a pain for anyone else to do. Other than that, I don't have many recurring tasks to do. I work on a project, or I answer questions. It's much less repetitive than my old job.

But it's at the same desk and among the same people, and the same people ask me questions. Often about the same things. My old boss still gives me projects to do, because my new boss doesn't know what to do with me yet. It pays the same. It's moderately more interesting, but also requires me to think more, which is, y'know. More work. >:) But not a bad thing, as long as it's not boring stuff that requires me to think.

It's a little strange to be officially an IT worker after all these years in banking, though.
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