The Continuing Saga
By templedf on Jul 29, 2004
Someone asked about the reason why I'm looking into moving back to the US, as I mentioned in a previous post. It's nothing personal against Germany, and actually not yet anything definite. There's a need for someone in our group who knows the code to be in California. Since getting to California is why I moved to Germany, I'm talking to my manager about whether it will work. We are only just beginning to discuss it, so I won't be moving anytime soon.
Before I get a bunch of comments wondering how moving to Germany was supposed to help me get to California, let me explain. My previous job was doing pre-sales support for OEM software sales in Atlanta, GA. I ended up in sales because it was the only opportunity I had for joining Sun straight out of college. I ended up stuck in sales for 6 years because 1) there wasn't anything else to do in the Atlanta office, and 2) money is good. Eventually, when I couldn't stand my job any more, I started looking for somewhere else to go. My manager offered me the opportunity to transfer to California and take on a similar job on a different coast. My wife and I looked at houses, did the math, and determined that the 10% salary boost one gets for an internal transfer from Atlanta to California wasn't even going to come close to paying the bills. So, I kept looking.
The whole reason for moving to California was to be able to get into engineering. When a chance to join engineering in Germany came up, I jumped on it. My reasoning was that by taking an intermediate step into engineering in another country, I would be able to launder my salary such that when I transfer back to the US, it won't be possible to relate my new salary to what I was earning in Atlanta. So far so good. Also, I knew that switching from sales to engineering would be a salary cut. By taking that cut while switching to a completely different currency and cost of living, I really never noticed it.
So, I have nothing against Germany. It's just all part of my nefarious master plan.