Resigned from Zend

As my family and a few close friends already know, I have quit Zend. While unfortunate, it was necessary.

My sister Amy once told me that, sometimes, “people don’t quit their jobs, they quit their managers” and that is definitely the case here. The people I worked with are some of the best I’ve ever known (Mike, Matthew, Lucas, and everyone else). The work itself was great; although I got to develop some portions of the new Zend Framework, most of my work was internal-only, and I’m happy I was able to be of service to them. Unfortunately, my manager and I just did not work well together. I thought I could adapt myself to his style, but after three months of back-and-forth it wasn’t happening. In the end, there was no reasonable solution other than to tender my resignation, which I did last Tuesday, and my last full day was last Wednesday.

So what’s next? I’ve got enough saved to live on comfortably for the next few months, longer if I go into austerity measures. I think I’m going to take some “me” time for the next few weeks. I can catch up on my reading, work on bringing the core of Solar to a full stable release, drive around and see some friends and family, even start blogging more. After that I can start looking for work again; I think I’ve earned a bit of vacation time. 🙂

Update (next day) … I don’t know what to say; the flood of support and good will from everyone has been amazing. I had no idea. I think I’ve replied personally to everyone who posted a comment or sent an email; if I have not, please accept my apologies, and my thanks for your good wishes. Thank you all so much. 🙂

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22 thoughts on “Resigned from Zend

  1. What you sister said is 90% true. Sometimes, an employee HAS to bail-out on a company for the simple reason of “the company going through rough times” (to be read as “going under”).

    Anyway…. best of luck.

  2. I’m sorry to hear things didn’t work out, Paul, but equally glad to see you didn’t let the situation persist longer than necessary. Smart move.

    Will you be freelancing or looking for a full-time position?

  3. Hi Rob — yeah, it was a tough decision. I was sleepless for a full night over it, and then spent a weekend trying to figure out how I could stay on and keep good relations at the same time. It just didn’t work out; sometimes that’s just the way things are.

    Hi Constantin — thank you for your good wishes. 🙂

    Hi Chris — thanks man, I appreciate the kind words. Not sure yet how I’m going to proceed; it has been my experience that the right opportunity presents itself in the fullness of time, if you keep working at what you love. Ben Franklin (and my father 🙂 have said that “There is a Providence in things” and I’ve found that to be completely true.

  4. Paul, many many people love you and wish best things to you. I also feel sorry to see you leave Zend and stop contributing to Zend Framework. Perhaps, Solar will get a boost afterthat. However, take a rest first. 🙂

  5. A pity it didn’t work out. Work should be fun, and if you’re no longer happy, and there’s no way to fix it, this is probably the best decision for you to make.

    Good luck with finding a new job. (if you’re willing to move to Europe, we’re hiring ;-))

  6. Paul, it sounds like you made the right decision, although I’m sure it was a hard one to make. You are always welcome to come visit us as you rest, relax, and plan what to do next. 🙂

  7. Sucks it didn’t work Paul. Knowing your work from Savant and Solar, it was a good thing seeing you on the team.

    If you’re driving around MI let me know and I’ll get you a lunch. 🙂 Enjoy the travel.

  8. Sometimes you just have to sit back and take in the bigger picture of what really works and what’s best for you. Staying somewhere where it’s a constant struggle just to get things done “the right way” is never easy (as I’m sure any other commenter here could attest to). Coming from a work environment where I had a manager that loved to micro-manage, I can sympathize.

    But, when it boils down to it, Zend is just another company out there in the wild and crazy technology world, and there are always others. It’s definitely their loss, and I know something will come along when you’re ready to jump back in.

    In the meantime, enjoy the break and know that the work you’ve done (both at Zend and on Solar) is appreicated.

  9. Maybe you need to see an occupational hypnotherapist.

    If you’re thinking WTF right about now, then you NEED to rent the movie “Office Space” immediately.

    BTW if you do rent it, Jennifer Aniston does an “outtake” during the closing credits. Be sure to turn it up and listen to the background!

  10. Paul, let me add to the list of people wishing you luck as you take off on this next phase. If you make it out the Phoenix way, you’ve got a place to bunk for a few nights. Speaking of AZ, the AzPHP group will be looking for another speaker at this month’s meeting in a few weeks. We’ve had some presentations on Smarty so I’m sure one on Savant and/or Solar would be welcome. 🙂

  11. I know you from the day when you announced that you were joining Zend. You were more than happy to make your dream come true. I wished you that day for such an achievement.

    This day, I am sad for you. I know you decided what is best for you, however, I knew zend was a dream company to you.

    Paul, My best wishes for you. Have a nice time. Get yourself on the track soon.

  12. Best of luck.

    I am right there with you in the do what you love camp.

    If you make it up to Nashville I still owe you a beer.

    -Jackson

  13. I’m glad you come back to real solar life, what do five monthes represent in a human’s life ?

    btw, when I’m looking back at my comment on oct 27th 2005, I wasn’t as bad writing $this->solar = &Zolar; no ?

    long life to Solar, your ideas and yourself, you’re presumably one of the bests, keep yourself well !

  14. Was here checking on u and found out about the job. Sorry to hear about it cause i know how excited u were getting it. U gave it a shot and knowing u i know u tried your best. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and i guess it’ll take a bit of time to find the reason behind this. Just enjoy your time off and get ready for the next step. If u need any help with anything, please let me know.

  15. By the way, Ramsamn’s leaving, so if u’re interested in coming back here, u might want to check it out.

  16. hey, sorry to hear Zend didn’t work out. I’m sure you’ll end up better for having the experience though.

    btw, Ramsan’s leaving the uofm, so there’s an lsp3 slot opening up soon.

  17. […] And what else? Last week Dynamic Web Pages discoverd 17 new php tutorials – topped by lots of slides from the php quebeck conference (conference on cd available!), MySQL Replication and synchronisation as like tutorials about the Zend Framework and AJAX (Btw., HTML_AJAX 0.4.0 was released by Joshua Eichorn and there are the first AJAX-based PHP Games around, too). The last two seem to be of some interest to the php community. This picture seems to be confirmed by articles from i.e. blogs that went around the world last week. Lukas Smith has initiated a discussion about the proposal process of the eclipse php ide and open source and continued [1 | 2] with that this week. Zend Framework showed up some times, too [1 | 2]. Some other news concerned 3D-image capabilities of php with PEAR Image_3D by Kore Nordmann and the Solar Framework Releases that happend this week by Paul M. Jones – who just left Zend. Forgot something? Ah, yes, Omni IT is offering a job as Junior Web Developer. Chris says: “If you like web development technologies (mod_perl, PHP, etc.) and working with some of the best in the industry (Laura, Wez, George, Theo, Amy, etc.), this might be an opportunity you don’t want to miss”. […]

  18. […] And what else? Last week Dynamic Web Pages discoverd 17 new php tutorials – topped by lots of slides from the php quebeck conference (conference on cd available!), MySQL Replication and synchronisation as like tutorials about the Zend Framework and AJAX (Btw., HTML_AJAX 0.4.0 was released by Joshua Eichorn and there are the first AJAX-based PHP Games around, too). The last two seem to be of some interest to the php community. This picture seems to be confirmed by articles from i.e. blogs that went around the world last week. Lukas Smith has initiated a discussion about the proposal process of the eclipse php ide and open source and continued [1 | 2] with that this week. Zend Framework showed up some times, too [1 | 2]. Some other news concerned 3D-image capabilities of php with PEAR Image_3D by Kore Nordmann and the Solar Framework Releases that happend this week by Paul M. Jones – who just left Zend. Forgot something? Ah, yes, Omni IT is offering a job as Junior Web Developer. Chris says: “If you like web development technologies (mod_perl, PHP, etc.) and working with some of the best in the industry (Laura, Wez, George, Theo, Amy, etc.), this might be an opportunity you don’t want to miss”. […]

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