Back before the crash, before CSE, and even before I worked in Public Works, I worked at Nortel. When I was hired, I was hired into the research arm, Bell-Northern Research (or BNR). The military bought the Carling campus, for $800 Million. I’ve got plenty of memories survived the crash, of the various buildings that I worked in. I was outsourced, to PwC, for a few years, then rehired when they realized that that wasn’t the brightest of decisions. I learned that while my paycheque said that I worked for them, I wasn’t invited to, or able to go to, any event of theirs. I was a PwC employee – sort of. I remember feeling without a home, because Nortel threw me out, and who took me in, didn’t.
When I saw this comic, it brought me back to the day that I first started my first full-time job. I was on contract, but while both Harry (Schlange, my direct manager), and Arnold (Johnston, my C-Level manager) showed me a whole lot about what upper-management can do, it was Joe (Zawadka) who really got me started. My desk was kitty-corner to his. Yes, I knew what a mouse was, and didn’t talk into it, but what he showed/taught me about group dynamics, from the basics of receiving a purchase requisition up, issuing a purchase order, and any/all follow up was more awesome than words can describe. It was an excellent trade-off, what I’d received business knowledge-wise I reciprocated with tech-knowledge about computers, and helped with any/all challenges.