Vocalize the title fast, 3 times. This is the funny story of my first day of WORK ever, with events that lead up to it =)
Here’s some background story:
I met with Elliot Noss, from Tucows, at Mesh a few weeks ago. We went to the bar, he got us (customers, employees, and Alan and I, potential employee extraordinaires) some drinks and food and we chatted… good times. He gave me his email and told me to send him my resume, so I did.
A couple of weeks later, I was having interviews galore, running all over the map. One of my favourites was Nurun. Slightly reluctant about relocating, my preference was to get a job in Toronto, and Tucows was my first choice, followed by Nurun. Cutting the story short, I was given an offer from Nurun to start work on Friday 16th of June and Tucows gave me their hiring decision on Thursday 15th of June, at 5 PM.
Friday June 16th
I spent the night thinking about what to do; I’ve been told that I had an offer from Tucows, but I haven’t seen the contract yet, and it was to be sent to me during the day. The job at Nurun starts at 8:30am and its now 2:00 am… hmm… I need more time. I considered lying to them and telling them I had an emergency or something (bad bad) but my moral values led me to decide on telling them the truth: I have another offer, that I need to consider and come to a decision. Such a good guy I am, eh? =) I’m not a ship-jumper, but come on, Tucows appears to be what I want to do for the next coming years! The interviews, especially the one with Alain Chesnais really sold me to their cause and it wasn’t as if I had already started working there! I knew I’d lose my offer at Nurun, but whatever… I’ll just have to hope Tucow’s contract doesn’t involve a life-bound duty of mopping the floor at 96 Mowat!
I get there at 8:30AM (its the time stipulated on the contract). Nobody’s there. Fumbling around for 15 mins, I finally walk up to the info desk guy, and he gives me the passcode to get into the office. I get in, find a seat in the reception area, meet some people and go to my designated desk. Then I digg, waiting for the Director of Operations to come. Sheesh! heh, work starts at 8:30AM and the people aren’t here already? Are these people serious??! Heh, it turns out they have “flexible working hours”, with the requirement that work begins anytime in between 8:30 to 10:00, and as long as 7.5 hours are completed it was all good.
The D-Ops comes in. I wanted to talk to her about my offer, but heh, I couldn’t get a quiet time with her! As soon as she came, she presented me to EVERYBODY in the office. I shook hands with them etc; it was like playing with a rabbit before killing and cooking it! I sat in the D-Op’s office and dropped her the bomb when it was contract signing time. She didn’t know what to do, sent me back to my desk and starting calling HQ in Montreal, and the VP of North America for advice (who was very late for work!). She called me back in after a while and (as I expected) told me my offer was revoked. I didn’t care since I really wanted to work for Tucows. Result of my 1st day of work ever: drama.
Between Nurun and Tucows (the two job selection finalists), I had the choice between a cushy job and a challenging one. The former offered more benefits (vast benefit programs with flex dollars etc; being a subsidiary of Quebecor, so potentially more money), flexible hours and what appeared to be an easier time. The latter company proposes charismatic leaders, interesting challenges and most importantly fosters an environment with people I want to be with, as well as “the vision”; Tucows is a very forward-thinking company, constantly innovating and creating. They are all about open source and embrace web 2.0 with arms wide open!
One last, small deciding factor was this: man, I’d rather develop on *nix than on Windows any day.