Ryan Kennedy, a fellow Yahoo, recently wrote about an experience I've had more than a few times: interviewing with another company, receiving a good offer, and ultimately deciding to stay at Yahoo.
I hadnít really set out to look for a new job, but the idea was enticing. A healthy company, good environment, smart people, fun products. The choice ahead of me was pretty obvious. So obvious that I threw caution to the wind, declined the offer and stayed at Yahoo!
If I'm counting right, that's happened to me roughly five times in the last 6 or 7 years. It's not that I was dying to get out of Yahoo, but I was certainly curious to see what else the world had to offer. And then there are the dozen or so other companies I've casually talked to without going through a formal interview process.
Like Ryan, many of my "job shopping" experiences happened during times that things felt rather down around here. He describes the current situation thusly:
Iím not going to lie to you, itís rough going right now. We get smacked around by the media. Itís been a while since we had a really big, notable win. I think morale at the company is low, the future uncertain and the food still sucks (although, Iíve had worse). But despite that, we had a record turnout for our last internal hack day. We had so many people with ideas that we had to completely change the format of the event because the campus could no longer scale to meet our demands. There is still plenty fight in this company and we have no shortage of asses to kick. So lace up all you Yahoo!ís... the ass wonít kick itself.
I couldn't agree more. The ass certainly won't kick itself.
I've been involved in a lot of ambitious discussions in the last few weeks. They're all about aspects of Yahoo's future and how to get more of that ass kicked. I don't claim to know what the future holds, but I'm still here.
Posted by jzawodn at September 13, 2007 04:13 PM