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SunitaT0
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12/31/2015 | 11:04:53 PM
Re: Jobs
@Pedro. I agree. Everyone deserves a raise this year.
SunitaT0
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12/31/2015 | 11:03:38 PM
Re: 3. Go to the bathroom
@Vnewman: that is the best thing I have read it this new year. But such things are really common. An employee used to bring a portable urinal to work. We used to laugh at him and make jokes about him and used to avoid him because we thought he was unhygienic. In the end he was the one who got promoted with a huge office and a bathroom attached to it.
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12/31/2015 | 11:00:11 PM
Re: Jobs
@Terry: The stress level for startup employees is almost the same as what most IT companies force on newbies of the IT game. When I was in my 20s I used to work 72 hours a week. Now I work 40 hours. I want to move to Finland for they have a rule of work hours under 40 hours per week. I think it's Finland.
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12/31/2015 | 1:10:26 PM
Re: 3. Go to the bathroom
@Broadway - I have an even worse, even greater TMI story for you, if you're interested. At my last firm, the bathroom was located way over on the other side of the floor from the IT department. Everyone in the department had their own office and in each office lived one large potted plant/tree. One of the guys started using the tree soil as his urinal so he didn't have to leave his desk (he was a db admin) - you wouldn't believe the smell a tree emits when someone does this over the course of time. It got so bad he tried to move the tree to another location but the cleaning lady kept moving it back to his office. I think she knew what he did and wanted him to suffer a bit. Eventually he dumped it outside in a back alley - probably for some homeless person to go on. True story.
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12/30/2015 | 9:45:17 PM
Re: 3. Go to the bathroom
vnewman, a bit tmi ; ) Scary for me was the idea of the Gen Z people entering the workforce. If we thought millennials were entitled and hyper-ambitious (in many cases without warrant), wait til you meet these kids. Kidding, kidding! I am sure they will bring a welcome breath of creativity and energy to the workplace.
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12/30/2015 | 7:05:02 PM
Let some other fool
I really like the advice of letting some other fool record it. Likes. Likes. Makes perfect sense to enjoy the moment. I can't understand the value of learning an old programming language. I thought newer was better.
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12/30/2015 | 1:37:07 PM
Re: Jobs
with the high cost of living increasing anywhere, giving people a raise is an excellent idea. I know in the north east. The price of rent and public transportation is going up almost every year and salaries remain stagnant.  People are politic animals, unless we can replace our colleges with robots( at least the bad ones), we need to prepare to at least survive in games of thrones workplace.
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12/30/2015 | 1:27:57 PM
3. Go to the bathroom
I am continuously guilty of this.  I always think - just 5 more minutes to get this or that done, then I'll go.  As a matter of fact, I did the same while sitting here reading this article!  Off to the loo!
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12/29/2015 | 9:53:22 AM
Re: Jobs
@sachinEE, not all jobs are crappy. Life at smaller business units can be wonderful. My "boss" is in Mississippi (I'm in Green Bay), I have no people reporting to me anymore and the code here is all stuff I wrote and maintain. I get in about 8:15am after getting my daughter off to school and leave about 3-3:30pm Mon-Fri. Paid well and in the same Key Managers bonus program our President is in.

Tell me again why I should go work 50-70 hours a week at a startup in the faint hopes it might be the next Facebook?  Besides, I'm way too old for that, been doing this since 1985. Barring a complete disaster, I won't ever be interviewing again.  :-)
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12/28/2015 | 10:18:55 PM
Re: Jobs
@Gigi3: I agree. A friend of mine who is a senior developer would always visit interviews for developers and see what questions they are asking. He has an extremely satisfactory job and I don't see him leaving it anytime soon but the way he keeps himself updated that incase he leaves the job, he wouldn't have to have a training in a programming language to even be eligible for an interview.
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