The first blog post I wrote for SEER was called “No, I Don’t Work for Google.” It’s a little ironic that this post is to announce that I’ve accepted a new position. I’m leaving SEER to join Google in December.
When I wrote about my first five years at SEER, I ended by saying that I couldn’t wait to see what the next five years with the company would bring. I’m both sad and excited to that I won’t be here for the end of that time.
Wil gave me such great feedback when I told him. He said that there are really only two ways to give notice to leave a company. The first is a Half Baked-style “I’m out.” The second, and the much better way to go, is to be sad about the departure but proud of the time together.
To say I’m sad to leave SEER is an understatement. I sat across from Wil in tears as we talked. As always, he had valuable insight. Wil said he doesn’t expect people will stay at the company for their whole careers. Good people have options, they’re on a path, and SEER is lucky to be a part of their paths. Hopefully when they leave, both the person and the company will be a little better off because of the experience.
Wil may not have expected people to stay, but I honestly didn’t expect to leave. I’ve had so many amazing opportunities here.
The company has grown and thrived. The clients SEER has gotten to work with have been incredible. SEER’s Analytics team went from just me to a fledgling effort to an amazing force to be reckoned with. SEER has launched new services, created more opportunities, and drawn incredible talent from all over the world.
I may have joined a startup, but I’m leaving an established company that’s held on to a startup mentality.
I’m not thinking of it as leaving SEER. I’m graduating.