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I was working for a startup.com, doing pretty much everything but development. I’m a very motivated person, and when I get to work, I *work*, so that when 5 rolls around, my work is generally done. In those days, it was getting out of hand, and I was working until 9PM, 10PM, etc.
I put in several shifts of over 24 hours in those days, watching the sun come up in my office, trying to remember if I’d eaten dinner, and where I was going to find breakfast.
But I got all of my servers built and got the build process completely automated, so that when a new release was ready, it was a total of 10 minutes before it could be pushed to any environment. All of the environments were up and solid. Everything was working like a well-oiled machine.
So when the CTO called me at home on a Saturday morning asking where I was, I said, “I’m at home, eating breakfast.”
“We need you here.”
“Why, what’s wrong?”
“Nothing’s wrong, but you’re a part of this team, and you should be here.”
“Is there something you need me to do?”
“No, but that’s not the point. This team WORKS as a team.”
“Well, I can’t make it today. You’ll have to survive without me.”
The next day, Sunday morning, he called again.
“But you don’t have anything you need me to do, right?”
“That doesn’t matter. You should be here on Sunday, EVEN IF IT’S JUST TO GO GET PIZZA FOR THE OTHER GUYS!”
It was at that point that I started working from home 3 days a week, sometimes more, and just holding on until management realized what a moron this guy was, how horrible he was to work for, and what a churn rate they were developing.
It only took 2 more months after those incidents, and it was a great feeling to find out he’d been let go, until I found out that his golden parachute had basically bought him a Winnebago and 3 months to live in it, traveling the country for the summer.
So for a year and a half he ruined my life, then, let go because of his ineptitude, he got to live my dream.
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