April 26, 2004

it's official - life - work

well, it's now official. i just called IBM and told them that i was accepting the offer and that i'd be sending the written copies of everything out to them via purolator. i faxed everything off to the relocation people to get that process started too. we're moving to markham!

April 19, 2004

the offer - work

well the offer officially arrived on friday, and it looks pretty good. there was alot to read over the weekend and it did raise some questions. today i've been talking with them about a few details related to the offer, in particular the copyright and invention agreement. in the broadest terms, this could basically make everything i do (even on my own time) the property of ibm, and at best i'd have to discuss any software projects with them for approval. there's even the question of whether i'd be able to continue working on existing projects (including gamp, viewer, and wallview). could be fun working out all the details of that. i understand where they're coming from with this, but i'd also hate to have to stop working on anything but "work".

aside from this, the rest of the offer looks good. they're covering relocation, and the relocation package looks very nice. i feel like we should be able to work out the questions i have. at least at this point i know that they want me there and they're going to work (and have been) to make sure i'm happy. with any luck we'll get this sorted out and i'll be on track for my july 5 start date.

April 14, 2004

stupid - work

stupid fedex didnt deliver anything today. hopefully tomorrow...

April 13, 2004

ibm offer - work

yesterday i got an email from the manager who i interviewed with the third time. his message asked if there was a number where i could be reached. i quickly replied and then anxiously waited for the phone to ring. i was pretty confident that they were going to be making an offer, otherwise they'd have probably felt ok with just leaving me a message. after almost 2 hours the phone finally rang. he let me know that they were in the process of putting together the official written offer but he wanted to tell me about it and find out if i had any initial problems with it. in general it was a pretty good offer (including covering my relocation costs was a plus), but there were a couple of concerns that i had. he said he was going to talk to hr and see what he could do. this morning i got a call from him to let me know that they were able to address the issues i'd raised and that he was overnighting all the official paperwork to me, so i should have all that tomorrow. barring anything that arises in the details they send me, it looks like i'll probably be accepting the offer and we'll be moving to the toronto area with a start date of july 5/2004. it's been a while going through all the interviews, but worth it. we're excited about the move and look forward to being back in canada.

April 10, 2004

ibm update - work

the ibm saga continutes. this tuesday i got a call from a recruiter at ibm. he said that i had done 'extremely well' in my interviews and that everyone was very impressed. he said that he wanted to get me to fill out their standard employment application so that everything would be ready if they make an offer, which he said that he could just about guarantee that they would do. he also said that if i have any other offers i should contact him immediately because they 'dont want to lose me'. so all that makes me feel really good about my chances. i got email from him on thursday confirming that they had received my application form (which i faxed to them) and that they'd be looking it over and get back to me soon, however with the holiday in canada yesterday he didnt think that they would be getting back to me until early next week. great news, and i expect an offer will be coming in the next few days. woohoo!

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