I am freaking out about starting in a new job next month
2021.10.21 14:41 drunk-of-water I am freaking out about starting in a new job next month
I worked for 9 years with my father making softwares and technical assistance so I always had freedom when it came to schedules. Of course I had an office hour but I could do other stuff when I wasn't too busy.
Now I'll have a boss, deadlines and an official office hour that I have to fulfill.
I'm sabotaging myself cause I think I won't be able to handle it and asking myself if I did the right choice.
The thing working with my father is: no perspective of growth. I can't measure my professional level, I am lazy and totally in my confort zone. And I also hate my daily tasks. I hate answering the phone and other stuff. We can't hire new people right now and this routine is killing me.
Getting experience in this new company for sometime and coming back to my father's and grow his business is an option.
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2021.10.21 14:41 L_EpicFail Reflections from A Decade at Epic
I spent a decade at Epic in various roles and TL capacities until I left earlier this year. It seems like the drama and "the great resignation" has continued in the months since I left so I wanted to share some of my thoughts. For most of my tenure I believed Epic was overall a good place to work. A lot of my opinions changed after the last two years. Most of the people who dissented with major decisions have self-selected out of the company, been fired, or learned to keep quiet to protect their career. I hope this information is useful for some potential recruits or new hires. Part of my goal is to give people some unfiltered thoughts from someone who has a lot of company longitudinal history. I figure Epic leadership is already heavily whitewashing the events since COVID started.
COVID & WFH
Epic's COVID response has already been the subject of a lot of criticism on this subreddit as well as in the media. I will share my recollection and biggest criticisms.
- At the end of 2019 Epic told everyone at a Staff Meeting they everyone could work from home 2 days per year for any reason. Judy then awkwardly went back on the policy in early 2020 and said you could only work from home if you had a contractor over. That is not very common for the majority of employees, which basically rendered the policy useless after initially generating a lot of excitement.
- COVID started to really pick up mid-March 2020. Epic told people to keep coming into the office even when returning from designated COVID hotspots, directly contradicting advice from the Wisconsin State Dept of Health. Epic sent out the policy in an email along with an attached PDF from the State. The PDF indicated that Epic's stated policy in the email was against the state's recommendations.
- As COVID started to wash over the country in March and April 2020, Epic clung to the hope of hosting the spring XGM conference normally despite HIMSS and other events shutting down, and our customers making it very clear they would not attend. This was one of the first big red flags demonstrating how Epic would ignore real world data to promote their own vision of "culture".
- As employees started to point out how odd our decisions were, Epic shut down any public discussion of COVID. COVID was blocked as a subject on Epic's internal discussion forum, Betelgeuse, and all communication was to be directed individually to a central semi-anonymous COVID-19 email group. Phrases like "Epic is not a democracy" were thrown around by leadership.
- Before Epic formally required employees to return, Judy and others in leadership sent a number of unhelpful emails talking about how great we were doing as staff helping our customers implement things like remote ICU monitoring to help mitigate the use of PPE. Then the following paragraph would talk about how important it would be for us to return to campus so we could return to some ill-defined "culture of creativity". It was mostly horseshit easily disproved by our rapid innovation while largely working remotely. No one has ever directly addressed the productivity question because the data does not fit Judy's perception of reality.
- Epic did not have enough offices to bring everyone back when they started in August/September 2020. I know this for a fact. Our team did not have enough offices for all employees before COVID, let alone after everyone updated their office preferences to want a single office. The person on my team who managed office assignments was visibly freaking out on a Teams call because they had no coherent message for our team. Yet Epic proceeded with asking people to come back anyways, spending millions of dollars turning already modest offices into solitary confinement-style workspaces. Epic told everyone they could have an office to themselves. Epic lied rather than admit they couldn't achieve this, and tried to slap together some building permits to cover it up.
- Epic regularly gaslit employees and framed things in a way where they wanted Team Leads and rank and file staff to feel irrational if COVID made them feel unsafe. Epic continued with this messaging despite constant direction from the CDC promoting social distancing, pleas from our customers on the UserWeb for Judy and leadership to be more reasonable, and the national media open mocking of Epic's policy. If you disagreed with Epic's leadership decision they would paint you as an enemy and being on the side of "evil media". I think most people expressing concern were just self-interested in survival for themselves and their communities, not in aligning with some media boogeyman. Epic repeatedly asked staff not to believe their own eyes. For me, that was the death of Epic culture. When the deal was you worked hard and you got rewarded for it, I knew the deal wasn't for everyone but I was personally okay with it. When the deal was "you need to pretend that Epic's COVID response is rational and safe" I couldn't handle it anymore. I think the Vice article best characterizes the mood at the company at the time.
- Epic originally allowed people to work remotely in other cities, then relatively quickly after asked employees to come back. The result was thousands of existing staff and hundreds and hundreds of new staff being told to return to Madison where they would live in relative isolation, mostly away from their families, in a city where things were fairly locked down and it was not easy to make new friends. Anyone could tell you the isolation would impact mental health of staff, and predictably a number of employees took leaves of absence for mental health. Can you imagine moving across the country to a new city, where everything is closed, you have very limited to no in-person interaction with your coworkers, and your employer tells you that you are not allowed to work from your hometown near family or friends under penalty of termination? At least one employee ended up killing themselves and Epic finally allowed staff to temporarily work remotely for up to 3 weeks as a consolation prize.
- For me, the most disappointing thing was watching Epic team leads largely capitulate to the awful COVID plan. The few who spoke up were removed from their TL responsibilities or left the company entirely. I lost respect for a lot of people at the company as people put their careers ahead of their moral compass. Not really an indictment of Epic specifically I guess as this is a pretty common human trait. But for me it shattered any notion that Epic was somehow exceptional in its cultural and ethical approach. I saw a lot of TLTLs and the like, people who I previously thought of as high quality people, prioritize their careers (which pay for their Teslas, lake houses, and boat payments) over the mental and physical health of the people they manage.
- I always knew this deep down, but COVID demonstrated that the #1 trait for a TL in any role is loyalty to the "company" aka Judy and Carl. Epic is pretty direct about this in the TL handbook, I just never expected them to flex this so hard around work place safety concerns.
Judy and Epic Executive Leadership
- Judy is a lot more ruthless in private than the nerdy/awkward front she presents at staff meeting. She is also out of touch with what happens in day to day company operations. When you combine ruthless with uninformed you get things like our heartless COVID plan. At a publicly traded company, Judy might have been fired for her poor decisions, and she would at least been required to give an accurate justification to shareholders. If you own Epic stock, have you ever received an accurate or truthful explanation of WFH policy? The board of the company has clearly decided they will ride or die with Judy, for better or worse. Epic will never be democratic with the current leadership and board structure unless the employees unionize. I wish they would at least say something honest like "we write the checks so we tell you what to do, and it's that simple" instead of trying to convince employees with mental gymnastics about how the awful "personal time" plan is actually awesome.
- I won't get into too much detail out of risk of identifying myself, but there are a lot of snakes high up in leadership. Someone you probably know, someone who talks at staff meeting fairly frequently about how great our company culture is, gave an insanely unethical response to an Epic employee who was being harassed by high ranking customer staff. A lot of people at that level of company are just angling for their spot in the pecking order when Judy and Carl retire. They will never be the ones to rock the boat.
Advice to New Staff
- Epic can still be a great place to start your career. Just be careful not to get too bought into the Kool-Aid about the mission. Epic does the personality tests so that they can find smart, impressionable young people who are attracted to noble causes. Then they frame everything in recruiting and orientation from the lens of the "mission" and purpose. Just remember that leadership determines the definition of the "mission", not you. You get to help participate in setting the direction, until you don't, no matter how insane the top-down decision is. Again, this isn't really unique to Epic, but Epic tries to frame itself as being "special". They're not.
- Protect your time and log time appropriately. This is a knowledge worker job. If you are thinking about it, it counts as working. Log your time accordingly and you will avoid the stress and overwork death spiral. Epic will pay very close attention to your logged hours from your first week on. Hours are used directly to determine things like how many people we will hire, who gets asked to work on which projects, and I have seen it used as a tiebreaker in semi-annual rankings. Why would you ever reward the employee who took more time to do the same work? I guess it makes sense when the TL culture encourages groupthink around expectations for how much time people should sacrifice to the company. For TS if you work under 40 hours you will be color coded as "red" and if you work less than 45 hours you will be color coded as "yellow". There is a similar hours tracking for IS work but they generally expect even more hours. This clearly gives a false sense of precision to management. This is a massive garbage in, garbage out problem that no one seems interested in solving.
- Learn as much as you can. There are a lot of smart people who will gladly help you. You can gain a lot of knowledge that will be valuable in EpicWorld (consulting, customers), but also still valuable at tech companies in other industries (project management, customer success, account management, software lifecycle, product management/design).
- There is a reason Epic pitches you on the stock and it's not because they're eager to make you rich or sacrifice any meaningful amount of company equity. It's because they want you to sign the 2 year non-compete and enter more restrictive agreements than what they can do with the employment agreement. Remember, Epic won a landmark anti-employee supreme court case. That is not a coincidence.
Advice to Experienced Staff
- If you want to leave, now is absolutely the time to do it. Admittedly I was in high demand with 10+ years at the same company, but the market for tech workers is still insanely hot at all levels of seniority. The process still took several months but I had no issues getting multiple interviews and landing offers. Every other company I seriously considered had a full remote option or far more generous WFH, better PTO, comparable insurance benefits, and significantly better stock grants with no non-compete attached. The recruiters and others I interviewed with all thought Epic's WFH policy was insane. I also got a significant raise on my already excellent salary. My current company is very successful with a global team connected through instant messenger applications. My coworkers are experienced IT pros, not a revolving door of 24 year olds. My manager trusts me to do what I say I'm going to do. I am not pressured to sacrifice my actual family for my corporate "family". Whether you want to support WFH is a conscious decision, not something that comes secondary to company "culture".
- If you want to stay, just remember you have the right to openly discuss unions and organize. There might be a case for unionizing just around WFH. Union contracts can be very narrow if you want to without the bloat that protects inefficient staff. It's difficult to get a community of interest/given role agree on any given demand but this is clearly a popular one to rally around for a union contract for your role. I do not have a smoking gun to prove this, but I strongly suspect that the efforts to recategorize IS/QA/Tech Comm/Training was a union-busting ploy designed to dilute the pool of QA staff to make a union vote harder to win. Once the union talk died down, suddenly Epic switched the roles back to their original titles. At best that is sloppy executive leadership, and at worst a malevolent ploy to counter employees' legal right to organize. I don't believe in coincidences, especially given that the timing of the restructuring announcements was closely paired with WFH announcements.
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