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An Amazing Opportunity

Garth Henson
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Personal Life
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8 Oct 2010

Amazon.com

On a more personal note, I wanted to write a little blurb about a recent change in employment. It is with great excitement (and some wonder) that I announce my second week of employment with Amazon.com is coming to a close. Perhaps the most common question I have received is, “Why would you give up a position working from home to commute an hour each way again?” Well, let me put it in the simplest terms: though I do commute again, my actual work day is no longer than it was working from home. My previous job had been slowly increasing the expectations over the past year, and I was averaging at least 10 hour days. Now, I get to spend just over 2 of those hours commuting and keep the work load down to a reasonable minimum.

Of course, the actual work hours is a very shallow reason to consider a job transition, though I believe it’s one valid justification to which most people seem to be able to relate. On a more positive note, the job itself is much better for a number of reasons. Of course, there is the obvious benefit of salary, benefit and stability (stability in stepping from a company with 120 developers to one with 6K+). In addition, though – and I’m sure you other developers and creative types out there will understand this sentiment, one of the biggest personal benefits is both the room for growth and the specific nature of the position fitting my skill set and interest much better than any previous role I have held.

Those who know me understand that I have always been striving to better myself in the realm of client code (namely JavaScript and AS3), and while that is all well and good, my roles have never been one to really prioritize that. Enter Amazon.com. I have been hired to be on the the Email Platform, and I’m absolutely thrilled at some of the assignments that will be coming in the weeks and months to come. We are already discussing some projects that will be both challenging and fun to develop, and the best part is, when I ask questions related to design and planning for my area of specialty, the response is nigh always, “That’s why we have you.” Not only am I having the freedom of creativity and expression in my development, but I finally have a very major role in helping to architect some of the structure for these projects.

Well, I could ramble for hours, but suffice to say that I am incredibly excited about the opportunity, and I cannot wait to see where things go. Is it a bit early to be so sold on my new role? Maybe. Do I have stars in my eyes? Perhaps. But I do know one thing: I’m going to give it everything I’ve got, and from what I’ve seen so far, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

Garth Henson
Garth is as a lead engineer at The Walt Disney Company, specializing in JavaScript applications.

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