Top Of My Head

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Date: July 19, 2010

Genco is trying to Acquire ATC Technology

I saw a news article that states that Genco (Pittsburgh, PA)  has offered to purchase ATC Technology for “$512.6 million in cash”.  According to the CEO of ATC Technology, Todd R. Peters, “said the deal serves the best interest of its stockholders, customers and employees.”

Well, maybe the customers and maybe the stockholders, but I can assure you that it won’t serve the employees.

To ATC Technology employees — RUN!  Start looking for a new job now.  Because everything is going to look wonderful and it will be all happy and lovey dovey, but in a year or even two, GENCO corporate will come in and make your life miserable.  I know, I’ve seen it happen.  That’s why they are my ex-employer.  I worked there for just shy of three years.  The first two were fine, but the last year was pure hell.

And, since GENCO is privately held, they don’t have to tell you about their finances.  They don’t have to tell you how much they’ve made.  They can tell you business is bad, so you’re all getting a 1.1% raise and at the end of the year, they’ll say they had the best year ever.

Just trust me, RUN!

Not Invented Here

Not Invented Here ComicI just finished reading the entire archive for the webcomic, Not Invented Here.  The comic is the standard at work comic, but with very unstandard humor and inventiveness.  The two main characters are Owen and Desmond.  Owen is your typical clueless project manager and Desmond is a developer.  They are supported by a cast of characters including a robot (Marketroid) as the head of marketing.  If you ever wondered about software development, this comic is a much funnier way of describing the process.  If you’re in software development, you will see your co-workers in every frame.

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