Now seems a good time to give a short synopsis of my time at CollabNet, specifically after Jennyfer Phan came on board. The hostility as soon as she started was notable. Certainly not everybody clicks and I’m not going to hang out with everyone in my workplace. Indifference is one thing, but Jennyfer seemed to have a more active dislike.
When Jen started July 2015 I started noticing stink eye. I really couldn’t afford a war with the energetic young receptionist, and in any case she made a beeline for many of the important men in the office. I did sit nearby, so I decided to just be friendly when called for, and just ignore it otherwise. At the time I didn’t know what this was about, so I hoped to plough through, and not let my work be affected.
During the winter of 2016, my boss went back to India to start a business. This left me the only member of my team in America. Rajesh had started the team, and he knew the product inside and out. Though shoes to fill, and by now a few of the people that I talked to the most were leaving. I’d had a number of short stints recently, so I really didn’t want to test the job market quite yet.
Notably, when I went through a background check for a sensitive federal client, the check confused me with a sexually abusive priest with a different name, in a state I had not visited. How could this happen? It reminded me of how thoroughly someone had attacked my reputation years before at SelectQuote. Given Jen’s instant dislike, I began to suspect it she was the unidentified woman in the break-in during that time.
I was just going to ignore it so long as she wasn’t giving me trouble. When she began moving in on my boss, I knew my days were numbered, and I hoped I could finish out the year and then jump ship.