Did I really leave the worst company in the US to work for, to become a blogger? Well one year ago on September 14th, I did leave the company I had worked for a full 12 years to the day. The name of the blog is “From Conference Calls to Meat Balls” so I guess one year later it is high time to get into how I came to that name, and really that point of leaving.
I worked for Dish Network, the well known Satellite Dish company for twelve years and to be honest I enjoyed most of it. Sure it was hard and yes it is true, they expect a LOT from their employees. But I am a hard working kind of person, the fact that there was always something new to “fix” fit my personality. The early days were ROUGH, almost “old west” like in the fact that little HR involvement left a lot of room for interpretation of rules and expectations. In those days the expectation really was just get it done, no matter how many hours, if it needed to get done there was no room for failure. There were many, many times where I would look back on a project and think (in a sleepy daze) “How did we do that?”
It is a good thing that doing a good job and seeing things to completion is good enough for me because recognition, if you get it, is brief and always ends with “don’t get complacent, what’s next?” And the change, always on a dime, if you needed to be ready for anything at Dish, it was change.
None of these things bothered me as a matter of fact I enjoyed getting things organized, working on projects outside my normal duties and I thrived on the high expectations. When you work so hard for so long with a common goal your co-works become like family and at dish I had a huge family. I would like to believe that over the years employees from all over the country knew they could call me and rely on me to get anything done. I knew the business inside and out and was always willing to help someone who needed it.
So what happened? Why did I turn sour on something I had long loved? Well, I can’t say I turned on it as much as I felt it turned on me. I had long believed in the CEO Charlie Ergen, in my eyes he embodied the American dream and had the intelligence, work ethic and determination to achieve anything. He valued hard working individuals with a passion for the company, and they in turn were very loyal. And I was very loyal, always.
I wrote a really long post, about what happened, where the turn for me began, how I felt when in 2011 I did not even get the courtesy of a written performance evaluation, the day I got an email asking me to fill out in an excel grid my name, my kids names, if I had a pet and my hobbies so those above me could look as though they knew me after I had worked there for 10 years. But all that seems to be dwelling on the negative and staying in a place I no longer want to be in my life. I have moved so far beyond it almost does not seem real anymore. Yes terrible things happened and awful things were said to and about me, but over the course of many years wonderful things happened too, I built great life long relationships, met wonderful hard working people I will respect forever. Writing it all out and then deleting it was therapeutic, and probably no one wants to read those details anyway.
I am grateful for all I learned there and all I have learned since moving on and it is true, if I can make it there, I can make it ANYWHERE!
Tomorrow I am going to write about a company what was voted one of the top 100 companies to work for; they were kind enough to invite me to an event they are holding tonight. I am happy to be focused on the positive and life in the light!
Why a blogger? I really just did it for fun, I love writing and I love food. After a while my friends and family showed interest and enjoyment from the posts, then total strangers and then the blogging community embraced me and I just felt at home with it. I think it helped me focus my attention and desire to learn new things in a positive direction that inspired personal growth.