Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Two roads diverged in a wood and I- umm...

“The future is cloudy. Two realities present themselves – each equally likely, each with its challenges. The future is out of your hands. The future of your career balances on a razor. Will you find your niche or will you continue to float along, hoping for something better? You have made your choice, now they must make theirs.”

This is the truth. The possibilities are twofold. Will the request for a 25% increase be granted or will it be denied? The first possibility provides with me in a supervisory role, officially, and the second means that I will reject the promotion, return to the position of Document Specialist and look for (and eventually find) another job.

I have thought long and hard about both possibilities and how I would react. Here are my thoughts:

The New Managerial Me

Well, it worked. I pulled the wool over their eyes long enough for them to lose their minds completely and I’ve been promoted to the position of “Data Management Supervisor”. This means that I set policy for Engineering Changes, Print Requests, New Product Development and Test Procedures, as they affect Document Control. Basically, I’m in charge of two people and I get to tell a bunch of engineers what to do. I’ve been doing most of this job for the past year at my regular salary. Since February, I’ve been working seven hours of overtime per week, on average, which has boosted my salary considerably. They didn’t take this into consideration when offering me the position in the first place, but when I explained to my boss (Ed) that taking the smaller raise that he’d offered would result in a pay-cut, he understood and made it work.

I’ve been working my butt off, and it paid off. I’m glad to be here and I don’t see myself going anywhere soon. After all, I get a say in how things work now. (Not that I didn’t before but all my “decisions” were suggestions then and now I can actually put them into practice). Official Suggestion from Houston:

The need for a strong Documentation Manger(sic.) should be a high priority; currently vacant. This person will need be tasked with continually improving the documentation process; automate as much as possible and copy processes from other sites when applicable. This person must also be strong enough to stick with the process when confronted by Mfg. and Engineering to take risky shortcuts. They should also have a passion about improving/automating the documentation process.

This could have been my biography. I’m always looking for an easier way to do things. Automatic means less chance for me to screw it up with a typo. And copying processes means that I don’t have to come up with them from nowhere. I’m all over that. Strong? Hell, I’m strong enough for two Documentation Mangers. And passion – Well, we all know I’m all about the passion. YEAH!

Now, maybe I can pay my property tax.

New Horizons on the Plain… um… yeah…

I’m not going to pretend that I’m not disappointed. I wanted that job. I don’t know where Document Control is going to go with itself now. I’ll continue to do my work but Bryan’s work is now officially out of my hands. All of the work I’ve done with Document Control processes becomes recommendations to the new Manager. It was nice of them to offer me the position – recognition is always nice, even if they can’t back it up with anything concrete. I can’t afford to take a pay cut, though, even if it means that down the road I’ll be making more money. Not to sound greedy, but I need it now.

On to bigger and better things, I guess. I’ll find another job, hopefully something where I can actually USE my degree. And Halliburton will continue to be Halliburton, whether I’m setting process or some other bum is. Who knows? Maybe processes will be driven from Houston and we can pretend we’ve got a hundred engineers and a drafting office of fifty.

I will miss Donut Day and the free coffee, though.

So, depending on what happens, I’ve got my rote response to cover it. Of course, I can’t say for sure what will happen if either of those possibilities comes to fruition but I think they’re both fairly close.
I’ll update you all when I hear more. Until then, I’ll find something else to talk about.

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