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>What kind of idiots locate their office where parking is expensive or unavailable?
In the Seattle area: Microsoft, Amazon, GoDaddy, etc. Everyone continues to build new office space in already crowded, high rent areas. Nearby real estate prices are ridiculous and commuting to those locations requires an excessive amount of time. Double that time if you want to use mass transit.
Why don't they put satellite offices in the less crowded, lower rent, nearby cities that would LOVE to have them? I guess the AI hasn't pointed that out...
The more productive you are, the more salary increase you get.
How do you measure productivity?
Lines of code? Bugs solved? Meetings attended?
I had a coworker who produced lots of lines of code... In a single function that only he understood and broke in production!
Most "productive" guy on the team, except I wouldn't hire him if he paid me for it (unless he paid me so much that I didn't have to work anymore)
It's hard to measure productivity for a programmer!
It's hard to measure productivity for a programmer
Which is why, as a freelancer, I prefer to work for small clients with no other IT input (or at least on small projects with no other IT input). "Productivity" is then a doddle for the client to quantify - it's how much they save (or generate) as a result of what I do for them, divided by their cost of hiring me. Or in another measure, how many days it takes to recover that cost. When there's a team involved, the client can get an overall figure for the team, but not the individuals in that team.
Some overtime is expected at most companies, especially when a release to production happens
That's probably the worst time to be expecting overtime. That's when some of the most critical decisions are made (i.e. where a single bad decision can have the biggest negative impact) and you don't want your workers tired, stressed or resentful at that time. Manage your project and put in the overtime as soon as any slippage - including eating into any contingency - occurs.
I am on a team of Senior Developers at a multi-national engineering/manufacturing company... so these items are a little different in my world
Sander Rossel wrote:
It's hard to measure productivity for a programmer!
Which is why, as a freelancer, I prefer to work for small clients with no other IT input. "Productivity" is then a doddle for the client to quantify
My junior developers are all contracted in, their tasks have a budgeted time amount. I do give input and I do review their work. My bosses review their invoiced time and compare it to what was budgeted.
Some overtime is expected at most companies, especially when a release to production happen
That's probably the worst time to be expecting overtime.
That depends.... Our (team) projects all have time budgeted for the deployment projects as well as post-deployment support.
But then again, if other parts of the company change up their data format or come up with something else weird... we may get some calls about what they did to gum up our works with the natural question of how am I going to fix it.
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other parts of the company change up their data format
Eeek. Yet another reason why I prefer to be in small companies where I am the IT department! However, one of my last roles before going freelance was as "Design Authority" for a household-name insurer. The role involved (among other things) making certain that all teams across the company followed the same principles, used compatible software, and made sure that there were no "unexpected" format changes! I was also able to identify and eliminate a lot of duplication. Having someone in a role like that (not necessarily with that title) has the potential to make a massive difference to how smoothly things can get into production.
Re measuring productivity by comparing to a budget is a start, but is measuring the skill of the budget estimator just as much as that of the developer.
Sure, maybe. There's a place that invited me for an interview that didn't own the parking spaces in front of it. Local govt owned them. Local govt put a 4 hour limit on it.. and enforced it too. So in your lunch break, you had to go out and reset the time, or get a fine. Absolute trash. There were other reasons to reject them but it would have been enough.
I had the same situation with parking issue. Every morning I had to circling at least 20 minutes around my company to find a free parking place.
If you wondering on the candidates answer, than you never been in this situation. You can't feel how frustrating it is.
If you're in Europe, I can believe not being able to park his car comfortably. I scratched up the passenger side of the rental car pretty good in Killarney due to a narrow little lane and my lack of depth perception.
On a side note, turns out it wasn't a good idea to go to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day this year...
I can sympathize with that. If you work at an office downtown and you have to find parking on the street or something that would get old really fast. Thats one of the reasons I wouldn't want to work downtown.
But to be honest, I never knew she sold flowers...
After the fifth time, I finally got it. So, proved your comment about intelligence
I once worked with someone who explained me flowers; they're dying plant-genitals. To be fair, said coworker is an autist so he sees stuff the way they are. Yes, I learned about that part in school, just never viewed it that way.
Sooo.. wilting d*cks and t*ts (flowering plants are [often] simultaneous hermaphrodites that can self-fertilize).
Any garden is plant-porn
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