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Work Environment all the way, though I can see tie ins to the other choices.
Is their flex time "Be here by 8am, 1 hour lunch, and you can take off at anytime after 5pm"? or is it actual flex time? What are the politics like? Do people seem to be in fear of something? Are they happy?

I think dws's question about book buying is brilliant. It shows how they act in other areas as well. I had to write a five page report on why the company needed large capacity backup once. Bottom line: Pay $10/hr to pay someone to stuff tapes ~$300/week or pay $1000 dollars for a backup that would work everynight. I don't know why I stayed there as long as I did...
These companies tend to overspend money at the last minute, but not when it can save money in the long run.

Cube farms: I really truly hate them. It's not the noise factor as much as t might just be me being paranoid, but I can't stand having people walk up behind me and wait for me to notice them. Or loudly say "Hey!" and get offended when you wheel around like a mad ferret.

Vacation time: I'm sick of the standard two week arrangement. I'm actually on a quest to get a decent wage and decent vacation. (My last job died due to complaints that I took too much time off. Of course I had given them when I'd be gone before being hired...)

Hours: I've done the jobs where heroic measures are rewarded. "You worked over Xmas break? here's a crisp $100 bill!" It's rarely worth it. When the whole company is like that, why would they want to hire more people to get everyone down to 40 hour weeks?


In reply to Re: Biggest clue you don't want the job you're offered by lemming
in thread Biggest clue you don't want the job you're offered by vroom

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