So, I got myself a job. Kinda had to eventually, though doing the freelance thing has been really interesting. (The constant hustle, administrivia, etc. really isn’t my bag long-term, though.)
Anyway, I start on Monday, May 14th, as Community Manager, Developer Relations, at RIM.
I’ll just give a few of you a moment to enjoy that needle getting yanked off a record sound in your heads.
Yep, I am well aware that I’ve said I wouldn’t work there. (Side note: never bother to use “never” statements in life; it just makes the gods laugh.) There are certainly plenty of areas of the company where I still wouldn’t work. I know too much of the history and not enough has changed.
Except then the sneaky bastards went and posted a community management role, and stuck “Developer Relations” onto it. Professional geek wrangling. Which is about as up my alley as jobs get.
Additionally, it’s an area of the company that is being built/re-built, and there’s a very different feel there. And not a single person I’ve talked to was wearing rose-coloured glasses of any kind. People know shit’s broken. And they’re of the “How’re we gonna fix it?” and “What’re we going to build next?” ilk. Those are my kinda folks. It also didn’t hurt that I’d be working in close proximity to some people who’re already friends.
Do I have concerns about going back to work for a big company, and one that clearly has some big issues? Sure. I’d be an idiot if I didn’t. And I don’t tend to drink anybody’s Koolaid. But of the offers I received, this one ended up making the most sense. We’ll see if my brain and gut were right.
In the community management game, you learn very quickly that there are two kinds of people who complain: the ones who’re genuinely trying to do something, and are just frustrated, and the trolls. If I can help out the folks who are genuinely trying to do something, I’ll be happy.
PostRank gave me the opportunity to be a part of building a new industry. It was fascinating and educational stuff (on good days). I suspect what there is to learn about rebuilding part of an industry will be even more so. And so it begins…