I’m in a suite inside the Dallas Infomart(Big White Crystal Palace thing) off of Stemmons. My office is on the first floor, right next to a 3 story marble fountain in the rather spacious atrium. Its a beautiful facility and I really like it. My favorite part about my job is the flexibility in schedule. I can show up at 7am or at 9am or any time in between. As long as I put in my 8 hours all is good. That and I really dont need to take a lunch. Just around the corner is a huge lunch area with about 8 mini-restaraunts in it. I can just grab a quick lunch to go and have it at my desk!
My favorite part is the security in our office. I have a smart radius card(The door auto-unlocks when the card is within one foot of the magnetic lock) to get me in the door and once through that door there is an armed security guard sitting behind a wall of security monitors. He’s watching like 180 cameras that monitor just our office space. Once in there I have to use another smart card to get into the actual office and everything past that point is a lockdown zone meaning any area can be cordoned off in the event of an intruder. We were actually talking about implementing retinal scanners and palm scanners for interior security areas later in the year. That will be just too cool!
Here is where the techno geeks like me get to go nuts about the details! We’re a global provider of Fiber Optic Bandwidth and hosting and we lease the majority of dark fiber lines to almost anyone around the world that needs the highest speed global networks available. I.E.- AT&T, MCI, Microsoft, etc.
Anyway, needless to say, our own Corporate infrastructure is running on one of the fastest fiber networks in the world. Our LAN is a Gigabit Fiber System and the WAN is on an OC-60 across the US. Our Internet portal connects directly into a backbone using an OC-192 line and terminates across another OC-192 somewhere off in Korea.
Basically, I am surfing the net faster than I have ever even seen, much less thought possible. We’ve got crazy security because we have huge rooms loaded with more computers than most people have seen in their lives and they’re running the networks for most of the major players in the Internet Community. We’ve got everything from Websites, to ISP’s, to jst switches and routers for companies that want mega-bandwidth.
The best part about it all is that there are only 5 office employees and about that many technicians and engineers. It’s smal, its quiet, and the profit sharing and bonus checks are HUGE!!!
Tommy the Cat:
The last company I worked for installed the Neon on that building. I was a Project Manager for them and when I did my training I actually got to repel the building. Thats right, the tallest building on Dallas has held me on its side from a thin steel cable. You would not believe what the Metroplex looks like from up there!! I have pictures but I’ll have to dig them up and find a place to host them again later in the week. The top of the building is covered in Sattelites, communications equipment, etc. The technical name for the building is not actually Bank America Plaza, its the North Texas Communications Center. Just a bit of useless info for ya!
I bought her ring, but I haven’t actually proposed yet. We consider ourselves engaged but I’m waiting for the perfect moment to spring the ring on her. Not much surprise though because we picked them out together. I just haven’t told her I actually bought it
I’ll let you guys know how and when I pop the question. Her dad still works there, he’s glad I made the move, both for my benefit and for his daughters. He’s actually looking for a new job as well.
Everything is peachy…ask away anything you want to know and I’m sure I could come up with an answer soon enough!