Friday, 29 April, 2005

A new job

Today was my last day working for Catapult Systems.  Starting Monday I'll be working from home full time.  My first contract, which should keep me occupied for quite some time, has me developing 3D graphics tools for a client in Japan.  The work that I'll be doing on this contract is very similar to what I was doing for Eclipse Entertainment before I went to work for Catapult.

I have a week to get back up to speed in the field before I leave for Japan next Saturday to meet with the client's technical team.  It's going to be an interesting couple of weeks.

Catapult Systems, by the way, is one of the best places I've ever worked.  E-business consulting is a tough business to be in, and yet Catapult's management team managed to carry us through the tech consulting crash of 2000.  Although there were a couple of layoffs and everybody had to take a small pay cut, we fared much better than most other consulting firms.  The owners were there working right alongside the rest of us every day, trying to keep the company going.  If it was just about the money, I suspect the owners would have taken their profit in early 2000 and retired.  They're in it for the long term.  It shows in the way they do business and in the way they treat their employees.  It's a great place to work.  I'd work there again, given the chance.