Monday, October 13, 2008

Culture shock. And money too

Spoke with someone who transferred from HP California to HP Houston last year.
Interesting fact: his California salary is so much higher than the equivalent Houston position that he was told "don't expect any pay raises while you are out there."
'course, Houston is so much cheaper to live in he's ahead of the game.

He mentioned that he was still having a tough time adjusting to the former Compaq culture.
"Yeah, they brought in 300 of us and there are 10,000 old Compaq people. It's not always smooth."

Me: Well, you have to understand the culture here. Californians drink wine. We drink whiskey.

Him: I drink wine.

Me: That's your problem. Drink whiskey.