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My boss doesn't hate me

February 7th, 2010 at 07:43 pm

This week has been so crazy. My boss scared me last Monday when he said he wanted to talk to me. I was working from home that day and offered to call him, but he insisted that I need to come see him in his office first thing in the morning. All I could think was, "oh crap, what did I do now?". I had a really mediocre review and my mid year check in prior to that had been pretty bad. I have been waiting to see if he was going to lay me off.

Tuesday morning, I get off the bus and hustle over to his office as fast as I can. In a 5 minute span he gives me a promo, hands me a slip of paper that reflects my new payrate and runs out the door to a training. I'm in shock and manage a feeble thank you. My company started layoffs about a year and I've just been waiting for the other shoe to drop with him. I had been prepping for a month to ask him if I was up for a promotion, was expecting him to say no and then turning in my two-weeks notice shortly after.

Turns out that the pay raise went into effect a couple weeks ago and I already got a paycheck at my new payrate and didn't even notice. Go fig. It's a good thing, but I am still in a state of shock.

7 Responses to “My boss doesn't hate me”

  1. shiela Says:


  2. whitestripe Says:


    can i ask why you would leave straight after being turned down for a promotion?

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Congratulations! You must be doing something right. Keep up the good work.

  4. gamecock43 Says:

    wow- thats great news!

  5. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    That must feel awfully good! Smile

  6. tinibee Says:

    whitestrip - at my company what level you are and how long you have been at that level are huge factors on if you might ever have a chance to have a different role or work on a different team. If I didn't get a promo, I would be at a level and a period of time in that level that I probably wouldn't have been able to grow my career any further.

    Overall it's a good company to work for, but SUPER competative, built primarily on type-A personalities (myself included). I often joke that working at my company is like dog years. One year here is like 7 years anywhere else Smile

  7. Jerry Says:

    Congrats on the promotion, and isn't it cool that a one-on-one chat with the boss would lead to such a nice surprise! Right now is a hard time for anyone facing a layoff, not just for the loss of income but also the insurance and other benefits, so that went about as well as you could have hoped! =) Well done.

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