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7 June 2010

My last months in California

Filed under: Bonaire,MacDesktops — Ryan Walker @ 2:28 pm

At this point, I am fully closed out from my previous employer. I worked for the past 16 years at Genentech, which was a great company. Most of the people I worked with were great. The jackass who was CEO when I first joined managed to get himself fired shortly thereafter and was replaced with a senior scientist by the name of Art Levinson. Some of you Mac folk may recognize the name since he joined Apple’s Board several years ago, or you may know him from Genentech.

So if it was so great, why was I happy that they laid me off? Well, their long-time business partner and majority shareholder, Hoffmann-La Roche, bought them out last year and started to change too many things which directly affected me. I deal well with some changes, but these didn’t fall into that category. We were given nonsensical requirements with ill-defined deliverables on unreasonable timelines without access to anyone who could clarify any of it. I dreaded going to work. To say my morale plummeted would be an understatement. I’d say it evaporated. Meanwhile, I’ve watch Roche operate over the past 16 years, and I’m not impressed with their decisions. I fear for the future of Genentech. I fear that all Roche knows to do with a goose that repeatedly lays golden eggs is to cook it. So, I’m glad they laid me off. I wouldn’t have lasted much longer anyway.

Truth be told, my wife and I flew to Bonaire last September to look for a house. We filed for residency down here in November. We aimed to move down by the end of last year, but once I heard rumor that I might be getting laid off, we pushed our dates back little by little. And when it materialized, I did a little happy dance.

So, that’s the basic story. I hope it’s not too much of a rant. I wish all of my former co-workers the best of luck at Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group. And to those who have moved to Basil, I wish you a speedy conquest; may you conquer the beast from within.

More on island life to follow…

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