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Re: On Finding, Hiring, Inspiring and Keeping

by QM (Parson)
on Apr 09, 2006 at 14:49 UTC ( #542147=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to On Finding, Hiring, Inspiring and Keeping

I don't want to turn this thread into a big list of negatives, but it's going to be difficult for me. I've never worked anywhere that managed to look better than a sausage factory (you know, "Great products, but don't ask how they're made.")

Under the un-inspiring category: One of my personal peeves is working for a company that expects late hours when projects become critical, yet provides no support for this. For example, there is only junk food in the vending machines, mostly chips and candy bars. At comparable companies, there are major-meal vending machines providing soup, sandwiches, pasta, salad, yogurt, dried fruit -- heck, even breakfast cereal is better than a Snickers. And it's not like it has to cost the company anything -- the employees would gladly pay to have a real meal at 2am. When every newhire is given a laptop and a VPN login, they must think we come with our own wall adapter.

On the flipside, in another corporate incarnation, my team has worked late on several occasions. I've gone out of my way to get them a dinner break, even if it comes out of my own pocket. They're much more likely to work quickly and accurately if someone is looking after them, and it also becomes something of a social event to work late and share a meal.

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Re^2: On Finding, Hiring, Inspiring and Keeping
by ptum (Priest) on Apr 10, 2006 at 17:02 UTC

    The first job I had after college was for a major chemical company in the Northeast US. At one point my boss asked three of us to pitch in and help out another developer on our team who had dithered around with the specs too long. In addition to our own responsibilities, we worked on this system most evenings until at least 9 pm and most weekends for more than six weeks. Our boss gave us carte blanche on expensing meals, saying any time we were there after 5 pm or on a weekend we could charge whatever we wanted to eat, to support us while we wrote this system. The total bill for all our meals was probably less than $1000 but was a major factor in our willingness to work long hours -- not because we were willing to work for food, but because we felt that the company took our sacrifice seriously. Afterward, we all received a spot award of a month's pay. I would have done anything for that boss -- that kind of pound-wise thinking is what separates the men from the boys in this area.

    Some months later, that boss ran afoul of some internal politics and was shunted aside in favor of a man who could have been the prototype pointy-haired-boss. Not long after that our department was decimated by employee departures for greener pastures, myself included.

    No good deed goes unpunished. -- (attributed to) Oscar Wilde

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