A change from IBM & Denver: Isilon & Seattle

Today I accepted a job with Isilon in Seattle. The change is a lateral move working on a performance team. My official start date is November 16th. I haven’t yet told IBM of my departure — I’m waiting until late October before doing so. My last day at IBM will be November 15th but I’ll be off on vacation the week prior. Or at least that’s the plan. We’ll fly up for a weekend in mid October to scout out a place to live (likely an apartment in the Belltown or Lower Queen Anne neighborhoods).

We’re sad to leave Denver but excited about new opportunities in Seattle. B has already applied for jobs at the Starwood properties up there (W, Westin, Sheraton) and will likely be broaching the topic with his manager sometime this week as it is likely that any interested Seattle properties will be contacting his manager and we don’t want it to be a surprise. We’re crossing our fingers they don’t just let him go like Compass Bank effectively did.

B and I have decided to bring back our move-to-Denver slogan for the move to Seattle: It’s all part of the adventure!

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7 thoughts on “A change from IBM & Denver: Isilon & Seattle”

  1. Today I accepted a job with Isilon in Seattle.

    OMG, yay! I didn’t get a chance to see you when you interviewed, and I hadn’t heard (also hadn’t asked :-) how the interview went and whether an offer was made, etc.

    If you need any help with looking for a place, I was looking for rental houses last year and I know my bus routes in the neighborhood pretty well.

    IIRC, any unused vacation when you leave IBM counts as salary at the same rate if you take it as your last week or just have a separation date a week earlier.

    Note that October/November is the most depressing time of year to move here, as there will be about 8 months of grey and rain, and you didn’t necessarily get all the fantastic summer sun to offset it. Take any opportunities you have to soak up some real sun between now and then. :-)


    1. I looked for you while I was in the office but didn’t see you. No worries – I’ll see you in a couple of months now anyway :)

      Yes, any unused vacation should be paid out to me but I’m trying to still be employed on the 15th when my last set of RSUs vest. I think the tricky part is going to be convincing IBM to keep me on through the 15th (a Monday) for that to happen.

      Thanks for the housing offer — I may take you up on that come next month.


      1. RSU is a stock option? Again, IIRC you have 30 days (or was it 90?) from date of separation to dispose of options.

        We have a queen size bed in a small room in the basement which is relatively removed from the noise of toddlers… though said toddlers don’t usually remember to keep their voices down at 7 am when they wake up. Also we have no pets if that would be an issue.


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