Leaving Innodata

As the US celebrated their day of liberation, I had my own independence day going on last fourth of July. It was the day I left the company that launched my technical career, Innodata. The decision was devoid of ill feelings and intention; it was a career move. I had no second thoughts about leaving, but I’d be lying if I say it was easy. Three years is a long time and with it comes memories and people that have become a great part of my life. I left people who have become my friends, the place where I spent more time than I do at home, the work I could do even with my eyes closed. So even when I wasn’t scared about leaving the familiar, it did make me sad.


Days before, I made wish bracelets, which I’d given as a farewell gift to my officemates. I also sent them an email blast to express my gratitude.

Apart from my leaving, the day went on as it should. To me of course, things were different. Those that have been a part of my routine have become things that I will miss, to list a few…

1. the double PC monitors
2. my officemates especially those who have become my friends
3. lunch with Rhoda
4. the newly renovated restroom (now equipped with a big mirror and bidet)
5. Skype with Rhoda and Diwa
6. summer outings
7. food patio
8. TCP members’ food treat
9. friends from the HR department, Alvin and Ms. Maricel
10. photo shoot with Ni
11. Bart’s jokes
12. Ram’s coffee maker
13. the beautiful view from the 42nd floor
14. (most of all) the flexi schedule

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12 Comments

  1. Hi! I'm not sure if my first comment was submitted.

    I can relate with your post. Na-shy ako to admit but I stayed in the same company for almost 10 years. My lone best friend already found a new home. My other friends are gradually moving out as well. I'm having thoughts of leaving too, not because I hate the company. I wanted to grow, move out of my comfort zone and discover other opportunities. It's hard to decide added to it the fact that… the longer you stay, the harder it is to leave.

    Nevertheless, good luck on your new endeavour! There are no goodbyes, there are just new beginnings.

  2. I can see you took pics of almost everything. You remind me of how I felt when I left the first company I worked for. I was there for six years and I still miss the company and its people.

  3. Good luck, Marge. New friends and work to enjoy. Keep the Innodata memories with you.
    Keep blogging… you're one of my fave bloggers.
    See you around. Regards to Alchris.

    – Maricel

  4. Oh. The photos bring back memories. The corridor. The office layout. The people, their faces. The feeling. I understand how you feel. Been there, done that. Only I acted more exxageratedly. :p

  5. I could only imagine how it feels like leaving a company you've been for years (because I'm still in my first company and I haven't left it yet. haha). I wish you good luck with your new company. 🙂

  6. every company gives us lessons, skills and friends but it's always nice to step forward. Goodluck on your new career!

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