Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Sorry for the delay in updates, I was traveling last week and I only really had time for the one on thursday. My goal is about 2 a week, and I think I still made it last week, but it still feels like a long time. So on to the big news!

I made SDE III! With the help of Paul (my new manager) and Tim (my old manager), we were able to make the case that I've been performing at the III level, and its finally official. I've been working towards this seriously since around January when I decided to step it up and see what I could do. I'm pretty excited about this development, and looking forward to the new challenges. So , what are the new challenges? Well, I'm not really sure. As a good friend of mine says, "Amazon is in the habit of promoting people who are already performing at their new level", so perhaps not that much will change. I hope to be more involved in cross-team efforts, in driving them, in creating them, being involved in their design and initial planning.

Along with awesome new responsibilities (who doesn't love responsibilities!) I also got some stock (golden chains), and a nice raise, so gadgets, here I come ;).

Anyway, I've suspected for a little while, but I just got official word today along with the compensation changes, so I can now shout it to the heavens :).

I don't have much more than that on this particular subject. Look for returning to our regularly scheduled blog soonish :)


Anonymous said...

Congrats super coder!

- Lee

Ben said...

Super coder? Did you hear that I'm being given "new responsibilities" and moving into a more "influential" role... They're scared I'll write more code for them! They just can't figure out a way to fire me ;)


Anonymous said...

Congrats. Now you have to start cultivating some appropiate bizarre social defect for principal. Piromania maybe? Well I'm sure you'll think of something. Ooooo...in office bathing.

Anonymous said...

Buffalo has a good idea. Now we must brainstorm on candidate social defects. Perhaps you should refuse to respond to anything besides "Mr. Ben."


Ben said...

hmm... belt on head a la Doug? How about a propensity to refer to myself in the third-person. Hmm, yes... I like that. The Ben is pleased.

The Ben would like to hear about about your interesting ideas ants. Continue to entertain The Ben!