My next stop after TMC was Ingenium, a company of architects.
At Ingenium, there were a lot of Romanians, architects, structural engineers, construction engineers, installation engineers, in sales, and IT. The most important project then was Burj Khalifa Dubai, the tallest building in the world. I didn’t work directly on that project, only tangentially.
Many architectural firms worked on the Burj Khalifa Dubai project. A US company made the design. Ingenium hired other architect companies or construction companies to build the tower, sort of a management company.
When I worked there, we celebrated reaching the 100th floor. A few years later (I was no longer working at Ingenium), I also visited Dubai and saw the city from the 124th floor, where the whole floor was organized for this purpose - for tourists.
My boss at Ingenium was Stephen Maclean. His grandfather had the successful magazine Maclean’s, which he sold and got rich. Maclean’s kid (Stephen’s father) was a kind of bum whose only concern was spending his daddy’s fortune. Stephen told me that he had nothing left of his grandfather’s fortune, so he had to work a 9 to 5 job all his life.
Stephen was a difficult, irascible, and suspicious man. The others shunned him, but I got along well with him; we were the same age.
Two years later, Stephen died of throat cancer.
A few months later, an email out of the blue offered me a position at a software company, Changepoint. They saw my RESUME on Indeed, a job search site.
I resigned from Ingenium and joined Changepoint, the end of a period of prosperity and the beginning of some troubles.
Where it all started: