Yesterday I passed my quarterly anniversary at Portal. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. In fact, I can’t beleive how much I am enjoying it, having worked for years for people who seemed solely interested in what they could get out of me for the minimum they could pay. And in one case, one little crook I worked for even tried to pay less than that.
What is the difference? Well, rather than exploiting me as cheap labour, I’m being rewarded for my abilities. That’s definitely an improvement on the last job. The guy I work for is genuinely very intelligent, rather than a self proclaimed mathematical genius. He makes a point of checking how his staff are doing, rather than shuffling out of his office every now & then to berate the people making his money for him. He shows them respect, not contempt, which is all you ever got from the Gradgrind I worked for in my charity days.
They have a training scheme which embraces peoples diversity rather than trying to shoehorn you into a little box and insisting that you join the ranks of the cliques & clones I have encountered elsewhere. No egomaniacs wearing ten copies of Tolkien’s ring trying to make themselves look good at your expense, no idiots who can pay you & come up with any excuse to get away with not doing so .
No middle managers desperate to become a carbon copy of their own boss, before they run off & start doing exactly the same thing in their own companies, & make exactly the same mistakes.
I only have one regret.
Portal weren’t in business when I left Banner Business Supplies in March 2000 . It would have saved me enduring a lot of crap over the last few years!