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This is my first job out of college and I’ve enthusiastically worked there for a three years and two months. I figured that I would prove how valuable I am to the company and they would subsequently pay “to keep me.” I am interested in the field and saw it as the ideal entry point to a very competitive and elusive industry. I love challenges and considered it my goal to be the best first-hire they ever had!

In the past year, I’ve been a model employee and have acquired numerous skills that have made me a valuable resource to the company. I support Edenkoban, Germany and the client has noted that our services have been nearly flawless past year. Also, I am one of a handful of people that know how to use applications(STARCCM+, STARCD, ICEM…) that has become the new industry standard. Additionally, I learned the aforementioned application on my own time and dime. I’m always assigned the harder/more frustrating projects that no one wants to work on. I spend a ridiculous amount of over-time at work, have had to cancel numerous plans in my personal life for the sake of a deadline, and frequently work (btw, unpaid hours). I’ve never complained about ANYTHING because I realize that it’s all part of the job and meeting the deadline is the only thing that matters.

I am writing this letter with regards to the recent appraisal held in the organization. As action speaks louder than words, I was really excited because my colleagues have said wonderful things about me and raised my hopes by saying I would definitely be offered a much better salary due to my unprecedented improvement in such a short time. My boss said amazing and very encouraging things about me. He said he wished he had other employees like me and even suggested that I teach specific skills and applications to the employees in my team.

That brings us to wage negotiation time. I thought salary position is in the bag! However, the raise that he offered me was a measly increase.  I was dumbfounded! All I could utter was, “analyst position doesn’t come with a salary?” I was speechless and felt so disrespected and unappreciated that all my effort was spent on holding back the tears and gaining my composure. While I was trying to calm down the rising rage and trying to formulate a logical unemotional argument. The panic sets in and all my acquired knowledge on salary negotiations and any sense of self-confidence is destroyed. I stupidly stammered “that’s cool…that’s cool..that’s cool” repeatedly and I stood there for a couple of minutes blinking back tears, but paralyzed otherwise.

Am I  silly for expecting them to value my contributions to the company? He knows how much of myself I give to my work and he still screwed me over. Why?  Is it because I started at such a low pay scale, he thinks that I will always accept the minimum? Did I set a bad precedent from day one? As a manager, isn’t his best interest in keeping me, a model employee, happy? Or, is his real goal to save the company money, by any means necessary…even at my expense. I’m heartbroken, and deep down I know it’s irrational to be this emotional about it, but I really have put so much of myself into my work and therefore this slight is that much more insulting.

I’m so sorry that this is so long. I just really needed to get this off my chest and to talk to someone about it. Thank you so much for your time and allowing me to vent. I would really appreciate any insight you may have…

 

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Saif Mujawar

Saif Mujawar

Saif Mujawar

Saif Mujawar – @Mangalore

Saif Mujawar

Saif Mujawar – @Mangalore

Saif Mujawar – True Patriots

True nation lovers are the truck drivers/owners.. Have you ever noticed slogans written “Saare jaaha se acha hindustan hamara” or “I love my India” they even care about the population “Hum do, hamare do” but I found this the best “Jo bhara nahi hai bhaavo se, behti jisme rasthaar nahi.. wo rudhay nahi hai patthar hai jisme swades ka pyaar nahi”

Awesome Song…

http://www.facebook.com/v/10150283779552869

teri nazar ka nishana hoke,
firta hoon main , sabse begana hoke,
teri ghani,… ye zulfe jaane jaana
uljhaati hai , mere di l ko rozana..

teri naa me bhi haan lage…
yu naa ab tarsaaaaaa.. haaannnn..
teri kami hai..
tu kahan ..
tere liye hu main yaha …

dekha tujhe to maine ye jaana,,
tera mera .. rishta purana..
teri adaye lubhaati rahi , gudgudati rahi meri jaan…
tu bas khadi muskurati rahi, kuch batati nahi meri jaan..

teri naa me bhi haan lage…
yu naa ab tarsaaaaaa.. haaannnn..

teri kami hai..
tu kahan ..
tere liye hu main yaha …

main bhi yaha tere liye hu..
tu hi bata .. kaise kahu??
ab thaam le haath mera zara…

tere bina… kaise jyu main … rasta tera .. takti rahu
ab aake mujhe sang leja zara….

teri naa me bhi haan lage…
yu naa ab tarsaaaaaa.. haaannnn..

teri kami hai..
tu kahan ..
tere liye hu main yaha …

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My views on FACEBOOK – Just thinking out loud…

Facebook is sticky for sure, but I think people are pretty elastic these days when it comes to social networking. And why wouldn’t they be — look at the physical world. We all don’t go to the same shops, restaurants or clubs for our entire lives. Tastes change. “Neighborhoods” change. People change.

Like most people in our little world, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time thinking and having conversations on Facebook. I use Facebook to be in touch with the persons I like. They can see my photos, they can offer me a present, they can write me something and it is easier to put you photo there than in a blog and its simple good means of communication!! I would really love to hear opinions, thoughts, insights into what’s going on over at Facebook.

I’ve always felt the difference is that Orkut/MySpace is all about “design”, while Facebook ends up being about “content”. On Facebook, the top activities are now application adding, wall writing, tagging and status updates. The point of doing these is to provide content. Facebook’s look is clean and crisp, so the design, I lately found myself ‘meeting’ like-minded people, having curious discussions, and contributing to group comments.

Let me throw out a couple of my own thoughts why I started.

•    I joined because I was curious about how it worked, how its designed, and how other people are using this.

•    I’m feeling as though the number one reason to be on Facebook is that all my friends are on Facebook. The problem with that is that at some point in the near future all your friends will be somewhere else and while I’m totally fine with using Facebook for now.

•    Facebook, I had been only accepting friend requests from people that I went to school and college with and folks who have socialized at my house. But what about people that I enjoy talking with at conferences? What about people I respect? What about people who appreciate my research but whom I have not yet met? I started feeling guilty thinking why I hadn’t accepted their friend request.

It’s funny how these social networks have a kind of life cycle. I have a profile on Facebook, as well as Orkut and several others but Facebook has proven the most functional for me. But I now found myself inviting Orkut/MySpace friends to come over to Facebook just because the user experience is relatively painless in comparison.  My friend said me that he did not see the point to have Facebook because he has Orkut, I told him that the people who are 20 today know Facebook but dont know Orkut. For me this theory works. I suggested why don’t have both? Most of us have 2 email address for example. Even if Orkut and Facebook are not different you can make them different posting what you want to post ect…

I have a love/hate thing going with Facebook…

I love the fact I can keep in touch with a group of friends who I have met / interacted with or (minority) know through blogs etc. Its a “goto” place for this – one stop shop, if you will.

What I hate is some of the childish apps and messages that friends posts on… Fun but meaningless.. I say “Facebook is a Social Networking site, not your personal diary or a rough book”..

I think Facebook sucks nowadays. I may be the only one out of millions of people who thinks so, but other social networking sites suck also. So don’t feel bad, Facebook creator. By the way I liked the movie and how you created this when you were drunk, how come a lot of people get their ideas from being under the influence, but yet, alcohol and drugs are bad for you. ;)

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