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Why Is Smart So Hard and Dumb So Easy?

As of Thursday, I have to have all my legal entanglements with them dealt with, because most stuff like stock options, etc., give you 90 days to figure your shit out. For me, that's tomorrow.

Except that as I was leaving, the company was just getting set up with eTrade, and within a month after my leaving, there was no other way to exercise options. Except that eTrade had no way of getting in touch with me to send me things like authentication codes to activate my account, because although I've been actively corresponding with my old company via email, they somehow weren't able to communicate that key piece of info to eTrade. All eTrade had was an email address that was invalid when they received it. I called about it every week for nearly three months, and it was only after I mentioned that preventing me from exercising my options was not only actionable, but also would look bad when coupled with the fact that they've had unbelievably high executive turnover in the past 12 months...they suddenly became reasonable.

And then I found out that a shipment of wine that I had been getting every quarter had been sent to my work address, rather than the Pirate's. And that my old work accepted it. So now poor mortaine is gonna have to cart it out to my house (granted, it's about 200 yards out of her way). And that's provided that it's even still there. If it's not, I'm gonna have to drop a train on somebody.

I'm shocked because the individual people in that company are smart. I've seen them solve complex problems and use tools and program VCRs and everything.


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Dec. 7th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
I have your wine.

Al put it in a filing cabinet to keep it from getting stolen. Especially since it's prominently labelled "ALCOHOL!" and, well, it's the shipping/receiving department. ;)
Dec. 7th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
And he filed it under...

"S" for "she don't work here no more"?
"W" for "wine"?
"I" for "if she don't pick it up by the end of the day I'm taking it home to the wife"?

Was he secretly hoping that I'd be rehired and come to claim it?
Dec. 7th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
I think he didn't know what to do, honestly. Receiving has been getting a lot of Christmas presents, and he probably hoped you would contact him and tell him what to do, or that somebody would eventually tell him what to do.
Dec. 7th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Were you dealing with the engineers who program their VCRs or were you dealing with...

...drum roll, please....

Human Resources? Because if it was HR than that explains everything. I'd bet $10 no in HR ever programed their VCR.
Dec. 7th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
You do have a point there. This particular HR manager has NEVER ONCE picked up his own phone. Not once. He may not know how. And this is the same company where, when I was hired, I was told that I couldn't roll over my existing 401(k) because the CFO "didn't know how." And now that guy has been replaced by TWO guys. I can only assume that the second one is necessary to fix the crap the other guy screwed up.
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