In November 2011, our team received an unfortunate news about a drastic organizational change that would directly affect each one of us. Our then boss, Quiel, will be handling projects and will no longer have any direct reportees while the technical team manager, Alexie, will be the one to handle our team, the content team, effective first working day of January 2012. To make matters worse, Alexie and Quiel will be reporting directly to "Jackie Lou" (not her real name), who we (my teammates and I) think does not add any value to our team/organization and who is an ineffective project manager, who more often than not does not understand what is being discussed in a meeting and gets lost in any discussion because she may be thinking of Korea or whatever shining thing she saw earlier. She also doesn't seem to remember anything you've discussed from a day ago and doesn't seem to be reading (or understanding) her emails. I think I've established enough how we don't like her, well at least professionally. Personally, I'd rather not have her as a friend, but some say she's nice. Good for her.
The re-org was done mid-project, a major project that Quiel did not want to do because we know it will flop. But the bosses insisted and Jackie Lou didn't listen to us, so we had no choice but to proceed. Then the inevitable happened, it flopped. And they blamed us. The Queen B, Jackie Lou's bestfriend and apparently the director to whom Jackie was directly reporting (and the one who appointed her as Q & A's boss) held a meeting and blamed us. Queen B wasn't expecting what happened next--we fought back. We also raised our voices, literally, to her dismay that she mellowed before the meeting ended. She even tried to appease us by asking Jackie to talk to each one of us to know how we're doing and what we thought about that horrible meeting. The 1-on-1 didn't change anything. We were outraged. The resignation decision didn't happen that time though, but it definitely started everything. It was February.
From then on, we knew, I knew, things will never get any better. I started updating my resume and started looking for opportunities outside Trend Micro albeit not as seriously as my other teammates. The thing with being at ease with your boss is that you feel starting anew with a different boss is too exhausting. And I felt that way. My baby projects were given to new members of the team who my new boss hired and I felt, WTF? To me, my new boss was trying to prove something to management that he didn't want to accept suggestions from us. When I talked to him, he'd say yes and pretend he agreed with me, but when he presented the output, it would still be his all ideas in it. I know he has the liberty to do that coz he's the boss, but hey, mine was better! Haha. But that happened several times. That's when I realized it was time for me to move on.
I submitted my resume to all sorts of organizations I was interested to move into, including some government offices. The ones that pushed through were a company in Makati and MicroSourcing in Eastwood. Practically, I went for MicroSourcing because Eastwood is 2 hours nearer than Makati. The salary package was good so I accepted the offer. I wasn't very ready for a BPO, but I was too eager to leave Trend Micro. I resigned from TM on June 8, 2012 and started with MS on June 18. 10 days in between jobs - not enough!
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