According to LinkedIn, it was my 10-year work anniversary yesterday. I'm not sure how LinkedIn knows, since I don't even remember exactly which day I started with this company. I knew it was October, but I'd have to do some digging to figure out which day it was.
Well! That was easy! Helps to have a blog that I used to post on EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. What the heck did I find to write about?? I just went back in my archives and I started work on October 18. So now I know. LinkedIn was totally jumping the gun.
When you start a full-time job at my company, they give you a bicycle. A really nice one. In the company colors of red & yellow. Basket and everything. I still have it and it is still where it usually is... in the garage. It would be a great bike to have if we lived in town. It's a town kind of bike. But out here in the countryside, where there are really only roads that people drive fast on, it's not for me.
I've heard that when you hit your 10 year anniversary at my company, they give you... another bicycle. Presumably because the first one has worn out after 10 years? I don't know but I do know that I don't want or need another bicycle. I don't know if I can get it changed for something else, but at the moment I can't think of anything else equivalent. They probably won't give me an electric car instead. Ideas?
10 years! That's the longest I've been at one place. I was at First Chicago for 7.5 years, I think. What I actually do hasn't changed all that much since I started, though it has also grown...but other things have changed enormously. The company has grown like crazy, for instance. When I started, the marketing department consisted of 7 people. Now we're over 60 and still growing. I was the only graphic designer (for years). Now I'm part of a team of 9 (some of whom are project managers) and a sub-department of 16.
I've had 5 bosses. I've moved to 6 different locations. I've moved into and thankfully, out of, open landscaping. I've lost a landline and gained a second monitor. I've gained an adjustable-height desk. I've become SENIOR. I could happily stay at this job, this job I love, for another 10 years (or more).
As long as they don't plan on giving me YET ANOTHER bicycle then.