Saturday, October 24, 2009

So long, Omniture.

Yesterday was my last day working for Omniture. That means:

So long to the green walls that filled the office.

So long to the Omniture name badge that I swipe every day to get in.

So long to those green billboards on I-15—even if people didn’t always understand them.

So long to the green gift baskets that were always fun to get.

So long to my voicemail message that says, “Hi, you’ve reached Melissa Sunday with Omniture”

So long to some of my co-workers.

So long to handing out green Granny B’s cookies at career fairs.

So long to my first real place of employment.

Back on September 15th, Adobe announced that they were going to buy Omniture for $1.8 billion. Cash, that is. Wow. That's a lot of money. So ever since that eventful day (which ironically just minutes before the announcement I had just texted my friend saying how slow and uneventful it had been recently) I along with many others have been wondering what that would be for us..for me. I had been warned that HR is a prime department for layoffs since there are usually a lot of redundancies. But I still thought that maybe I would be lucky and make the cut.

But I didn't. But you know what, I am just fine. I have sensed it coming for a week or so now and I couldn't be more excited for the new door of opportunities that has just opened. I have to admit, the 10 minutes before I found out I was super I was finding out something that would change the rest of my life. I had deep, deep pits in my stomach and it took me back to my high school DECA days when I was waiting to hear if I made it to Nationals. I don't get super nervous often, but I was yesterday. But then as soon as I was told, I felt excited. IS THAT WEIRD? I guess I'm excited about having the ability to try something new, to have a new change that will stretch me and help me learn new things. And okay, the severance is a really good package, so I can't complain. Especially right before the holidays. I am excited to do things that I can't usually do during the day--get together with friends, finish some overdue projects, be a better wife and homemaker, and have some time to reevaluate things.

As I drove away for the last time, I got all nostalgic as a flood of memories came over me. I thought about

-the park right across the street where I would make phone calls to friends and walk on lunch breaks

-the hidden hill (as I called it) where I would slip away for much needed naps or to get a summer tan

-the subsidized vending machines where you could get Ice Cream Snickers bars for 45 cents--boy did Brandon love my job for that reason

- the people who helped me be successful in my first real career job

-my recruiting team-members who I had a blast with at the bowling alley eating Costa Vida and doing the Cha Cha Slide.

I guess that's life. We are privileged knowing people and having experiences that will shape us and help us be who we really want to be.

So long, Omniture.


Michal Thompson said...

I love how you are able to see the bright side of things. I am sure there is a lot waiting for you!

Trent and Steph said...

I was the same way when I was laid off. I was so excited to have the chance to be a stay at home mom.

Mike and Shaina said...

Melissa - I miss having you here already! But I am SO excited for what's in your future. Whatever you do, you'll be great at it. Now about the secret hill.... I need to know where that is!