Chapter 14 – Career Start
Duan Shu Tong got up to open the door.
Cen Ning handed over the insulated containers and smiled: “Young Master Duan, today you started at the company, did you see He Run?”
Duan Shu Tong froze for a moment. “Director He? Do you know him?”
“Haha,” Cen Ning nodded. “It’s such a coincidence. Senior Brother He and I were schoolmates. He was ahead of me by two years. We were in a club together and we still keep in contact often after graduating.”
Duan Shu Tong put the insulation containers on the table. “Director He’s skills are pretty good.”
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Seeing him say this, Cen Ning could only sigh in his heart. This was only his first day at work, how could he know how good the other person was at his work? Young Master Duan saying this meant that the two were not familiar with each other.
It seemed that Senior Brother He hadn’t changed at all, and still didn’t like to engage in interpersonal relationships.
If it weren’t because he was overly stubborn, with his abilities he didn’t have to go so far as to leave Yan City back then and end up in the county soured by the loss of his hopes.
Young Master Duan was not a boss at present, but he was much more important than Zhai Jun.
“Let me be open, Young Master Duan, Senior Brother He was the top of his grade back then. All the professors in the department regarded him highly.” Cen Ning used a casual tone of voice to unobtrusively praise He Run.
Duan Shu Tong was no longer the former Young Master Duan, naturally he heard the deeper meaning within Cen Ning’s words.
He could not help but smile. “Brother Cen need not worry. Director He’s ability is obvious to everyone.”
Cen Ning took care not to over do it. “With Young Master Duan here, the Spring and Autumn Hall will definitely be more and more prosperous.”
“Then I’ll borrow your words of luck.”
At nine a.m. the next day, Duan Shu Tong took the application materials and went to Lab No. 1 to look for He Run.
He Run had set aside Lab No. 2 for Duan Shu Tong. It seemed like the two labs would be close to each other based on their numbers, but they were actually separated on opposite ends of the floor.
Under the surprised and curious gazes of others, Duan Shu Tong walked up to He Run with a perfect poker face.
“Lab No. 2 wants to declare a project. You are the director. Are you free to check it?”
He Run stopped what he was doing and said without the slightest hesitation: “I agree.”
Duan Shu Tong: ???
Other researchers: ???
No one spoke.
He Run finally looked at Duan Shu Tong: “You need me to sign it, right? I’ll find a pen.”
Duan Shu Tong reached out to stop He Run. His originally mild expression vanished without a trace.
His tone was very serious when he said, “You didn’t even take a single look and you’re agreeing just like that?”
Silence descend in the laboratory, and no one dared to breathe too loudly.
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No matter how ferociously they roasted Duan Shu Tong in the group chat, no one had the guts to say anything directly to his face.
He Run seemed to not be aware. With natural movements, he took the project information and thumbed through it once. His expression remained the same.
“This project is very good and has great development prospects. If it can be successfully developed, it will definitely attract many female customers.”
His eyes swept around in a circle and finally located a pen in a nook. He raised his hand to sign the paper.
Duan Shu Tong’s expression was even gloomier. He rarely lost his temper, but He Run’s behavior just bumped up against his principles.
This was a great disrespect for any R&D personnel.
He took back the folder without any expression.
“Director He, if this is your work attitude, in my humble opinion, you are not suitable for this position.”
The rest of the research team was thinking: WTF! This young master appeared out of nowhere and is going to fire the director on his second day! The workplace drama is finally about to begin!
Who told the other person to be a rich young master? He didn’t even want a “vice” in his title.
[T/N: Technically, Duan Shu Tong is supposed to be the vice director of R&D at the moment. He took over for the vice director that left before he came. But when the other characters address him, they all call him “Director Duan” and not Vice Director Duan. Even the general manager, Zhai Jun, calls him “Director Duan,” while calling the actual director of R&D, He Run, by the nickname of “Xiao He” back in chapter 12.]
He Run didn’t speak and there was no extra emotion in the eyes behind the glasses. It seemed like the scene of being fired was already commonplace to him.
Duan Shu Tong turned around, wanting to leave, but then he thought of some of the materials he saw yesterday. Pity birthed from his heart and he asked directly: “I tried the product that you directed. It was well thought out and there was skill, so why were the results unsatisfactory?”
He Run’s expression was indifferent, “I have no skills.”
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Duan Shu Tong was almost angered to the point of laughing. As an insider, the date on the project information was clear at a glance. He believed his judgment, but the director obviously refused to communicate with him further.
“Without skills, you entered a big company like Yalan right after you graduated and quickly became the leader of the R&D team. Is such a thing possible?”
He has seen He Run’s resume. It was impossible for it to be pugilistic wankery*.
[*T/N: all talk and no walk]
He Run was silent. He lowered his eyes and no longer looked at Duan Shu Tong.
“Whether you have any skills or not, since you are the director of the R&D Department, you have to strictly check the project. I am leading the project of Lab No. 2. If you think it meets the standards, you agree, if you think it does not meet the standards, then you can disagree,” Duan Shu Tong said seriously.
There was deathly silence in the laboratory.
After a moment, He Run finally looked up at him. His expression was still indifferent, but he did not continue to be half-hearted.
He reached out: “Okay.”