June 1st, 2006

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Milestone

My colleagues didn't shower me in confetti while a brass band played a cheerful tune when I came in this morning. Not that I had expected anything like that to happen, of course -- but it would have been nice if today could have been a little different than usual.

It's my tenth anniversary at HP.

Before the merger, these milestones (5, 10, 12 and a half, 25 years with the company) were cause for celebration. Some time before, you'd receive a catalogue to pick your anniversary present from, and on the happy day, senior management took you out to dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant...

...but since the merger with Compaq and the cost cutting initiative which kicked off at about the same time, all you get to mark the occasion these days is a letter from the country CEO, thanking you for "your loyalty and effort over the last 10 years."

I could frame it, I suppose, and hang it up on the wall of my cubicle...Nah.
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