Yesterday morning I resigned my employment at Auto Europe. In a couple weeks I will begin a new chapter of my professional career, at Transit Web Services. I’ll still be doing web development, but in a smaller, more agile, Drupal shop. One of the best parts of the new job might be that there’s no “at” or “shop” at all; I’ll be working from home, local coffee shops, and area libraries.
I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the other developers on the web team at Auto Europe, and working with them. I learned a great deal and made what I hope are valuable contributions to their products. My lead there, Bill, has been wonderful and I consider him a true friend. His generosity, patience, and kindnesses, especially with respect to the many days I needed to be away while Kirsten was going through her medical issues, has been extraordinary. Aside from maintaining legacy ColdFusion, jQuery, and CSS code, I have been able to help them add new features, implement Mercurial for version control, and to Sassify their CSS. It’s all very nerdy, but trust me, it’s also very cool.
I know the small team at Transit very well and look forward to finally working with them. Adam is one of my very best friends, with whom I have a lot in common. I first met him at a Drupal Developers’ User Group at which he was presenting. Like me, the developers at Transit embrace change, are constantly looking for better ways of working, and are passionate about writing good, clean, reusable code that adheres to industry best-practices.
While I was mostly happy at Auto Europe and not actively looking for other employment, a recruiter had contacted me about a position with a large local company, and a substantial offer was expected within days. When presented with the choice of more money and a longer commute, or the opportunity to work remotely, Kirsten and the girls unanimously supported my decision to take the position that would allow me to be with them more. Aside from selfish professional considerations (I’m very excited to get to work on myriad projects using Drupal, Git, Vim, Python, etc.), the flexibility and freedom this will allow, especially with respect to the uncertainties with Kirsten’s health, made the decision a bit of a no-brainer.