Everything Ends Here
I finally pulled the trigger today. Actually I had printed, signed, and scanned my offer letter yesterday, but being so hesitant to decide (and with the long weekend as an excuse), I held onto it an extra day.
When I finally wrote out the email to the recruiter this morning, I hovered over the “send” button a lot longer than normal. I am somewhat used to pausing with emails, but they’re usually just my source code commit notifications. Whenever I’m about to send one of those, I think to myself “did I get that change right?” The hilarious part of it is that the commit is already done and over, the email is just a notification. This time, the email is the commit. Though to be sure, at-will agreements are never a real commitment; a colleague of mine even agreed to start at another company but ended up staying with us after all.
But I eventually hit send. A few moments later I hit send again with the invention disclosure/agreement, which I had somehow left out XD At that point, I considered myself committed; I’ll be working at Twitter starting April 29th. I guess it’s not zero-contingency; there’s still a background check to be done, but I expect that’s just the usual criminal stuff which would not be a problem for me. Very shortly after that, I also got a welcome email from one of my future team members — the last guy to interview me earlier this month. So that was nice.
At that point, all I really had left to do was notify the Google recruiter about my decision. ‘“Sad” news’ is how I titled that email, and it is a little bittersweet. I can really picture myself enjoying either life(style) quite a lot, and I never take these sorts of decisions very well.
I thanked the recruiter for all of her hard work; I do like to think I made it somewhat easy on her, but she did a great job of making me feel very comfortable and getting me a very attractive comp package, and I know it must sting to come out with little more than “keep in touch.” As a little personal victory for me, she was instructed to offer me a seat in their San Francisco office. It really would have been nice, but it did smell a little of “why didn’t you tell me this earlier?” To be fair, I had let her know that I was primarily interested in the San Bruno office, but I had gotten the impression that they weren’t hiring at SF :P
I mentioned earlier that I’d have some friends of a friend contacting me, and they both did. One called me early on Monday, and the chat was helpful but it did somewhat reinforce the whole “no promises” aspect of Twitter. Of course I was very grateful for the time anyway. The other finally got back to me today (I can’t blame her, since it was a holiday after all) after I had made my decision. We still had a nice exchange, with her assuring me that Twitter was the right choice, “hands down.” In fact she is applying to Twitter as well, and she was asking my opinion on employer disclosure, though that’s also a very context-sensitive subject. Anyway, she seems very nice, and with any luck maybe we’ll be able to hang out around the office.
Before I wrap up, something cute also happened at work today. The lead from my sister team was hanging around the desks of me and my teammates (we had just relocated). He came up to me, looking like he was going to say or ask something. As I took off my headphones he asked “When are you out? When’s your last day?” I was a little confused and panicked a tiny amount; I figured my lead would have told some people that I was leaving, but I had also expected he’d make it known that it was still hush hush. In fact, I had suggested openly telling people earlier, but he said it would be better to wait until I had a solid end date (which I hadn’t yet, really). Rather than have him explain the question, I simply mumbled “uh, I don’t know” and immediately changed the subject. The story is cute because I later realized he might have been asking about the last day before my upcoming Asia trip, which would be March 1st. It’s possible that he didn’t know that I’m leaving, but it seems reasonable that he (and several nearby people) would have figured it out after that. But at least he changed topic with me and didn’t bring it up again :P