You fired your top talent. I hope you’re happy.
Tony Robinson

I got the same hit from that piece: there was a lot here that didnt add up — we need Rick but we dont need Rick. We’ll work him to death, then call him a monster for not being all kumbaya when we need him to be (never mind that he’s busy writing code 12/7 because the rest of the team apparently doesnt know how).

I’ve been around a few Ricks. Hell, at one job, I *was* Rick… until I realized what it was doing to my life. Then I got the hell out — and was subsequently barraged for weeks with questions from co-workers who should have figured this shit out on their own while I was still there.

Now, I am very, very careful how much work I’m willing to take on. I came into my present job with the skillsets for three people — 3D design, marketing and advertising, and drafting and procurement. I do them all damn well, thank you very much, and my boss went into panic mode when I said, about six months ago, that maybe it was time for me to move on from the company.

So they got rid of Rick and rewrote everything and it was all wonderful and everyone made a kazillion bucks and it was all like Rick was never there at all. Uh huh. I wonder how many times they asked themselves, as they were pasting together code they knew was second-rate. “Think we can get Rick back?”

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