Meet the New Boss

Bruce is gone. Fired, I think. And on the 3rd, a new Managing Director from the New York office took over my department. Meet Justin Chang.

Justin is what we call in the banking industry, a “dick.” I usually don’t buy into the whole east coast-west coast philosophy distinction but after two weeks of Justin at the helm I’m starting to.

First of all, Justin has no respect for people’s personal time. I got a call yesterday morning at 7:00 a.m. asking me to come into the office because the team was going to “run the numbers” one more time before our presentation on Tuesday. Without getting into too much boring detail, I already “ran” the numbers or else I wouldn’t have given him my report.

Secondly, Justin is just not a friendly guy. He thinks he’s being “all business,” but he’s really just rude. I liked Bruce. He was a normal person with a wife and kids that we all knew. Justin may have a family as well but he would never talk about them at work because it would be “inappropriate.” I have a fear that our relaxed dress code is going to get unrelaxed any day now.

Anyway, I guess this isn’t about talking to strangers, though I was a stranger to Justin last week and he didn’t do a very good job talking to me. I’m just starting to feel unfulfilled at work, especially after working on this blog for so long. I’m sure a million people feel the same way and I don’t want to be a cliché but there you have it. I’m one of those assholes making a lot of money complaining about his job being unfulfilling in the middle of a recession.

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7 Responses to Meet the New Boss

  1. Tera Sanders says:

    It’s only January 17th and you’re already blogging about something other than talking to strangers? What about your resolution? This blog is called “Talk to Strangers Blog” and I want stories about talking to strangers!

  2. Alex says:

    I had a terrible job not too long ago and I know how you’re feeling. When you’re able to make a decent living in the recession at all, it’s important to always be grateful for at least that, no matter how frustrating the job. That being said, I was fortunate enough to transition from my awful, mind-numbing post as a cad-monkey for a starchitect, to working for a lovely firm that actually views people as humans with needs and a life outside of work.

    If you’re beginning to consider looking for a new job, do you think you’ll stay in your current field, or possibly venture to something new? Maybe a journalist? Or a video game consultant? Or a traveling fire-arms salesman?

    • Thanks for the post. I don’t know. Is this my life, doing debt restructuring deals? I like the sound of traveling firearms salesman.

      • Alex says:

        I’ve got a friend (whom I just got into this blog) who has been getting progressively more frustrated with the prospect of sitting in an office the rest of his life and is now contemplating something entirely new: joining the navy reserves and using the income to support a year volunteering on an organic farm. Pretty zen right?

        Not to say you would want to do such a thing, but just imagine it for a second, what if you did take just a little time off to pursue a completely fresh raison d’etre? You could try to live like Gunther selling things on ebay, or volunteering to help animals like Chloe, or something completely out of the blue–again, firearms salesman. It’s ‘talking to strangers’ but on a higher meta level. Heck, there could even be a companion blog called ‘stranger living’ or something.

        In the end, if you gave it a shot and it didn’t work out, you’d still have your degree and all your qualifications to fall back on. Just food for thought.

        • It’s sounds romantic but I’d have to know what to do first before I quit. I need to give this some serious thought.

          • Alex says:

            Interesting note: today I was just ‘furloughed’ from my job since we’ve run into a dead zone where there is literally nothing to do for the next couple weeks. It’s likely to be only that, but if it becomes much longer, well, maybe I’ll take on my own romantic notion and go do something wacky.

          • That sucks, sorry to hear it. I won’t bore you with the cliche about when one door closes, but still, you should do something cool with the time. And by that I don’t mean Season 2 of Cake Boss.

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