Note – None of these are from my current employer. Because while there are surely a few silly things about them, it’s overall a great job, and I don’t want to be fired.

1. While quitting with 4 days notice makes them angry, citing the page in the employee handbook says that they are an “At Will” employer pisses them off to no end.

2. Employing business majors to contract as programmers will get the job done poorly – for a million or so bucks.

3. Forcing your employees to use 10 year old technology stifles their learning and therefore employability by other companies.

4. It is more important for the systems administrators to censor what websites you visit than to actually maintain production systems.

5. Doing good work – on time and under budget – is no substitute for schmoozing with the boss.

6. Creating a shell company and contracting dead people to your current employer is a great idea – as long as you don’t get caught.

7. Placing stickers with guns Xed out on every window and door will only make your employees laugh.

8. Perl is not supported. (wtf?!)


Ok, so as I’m writing this, I realize that I learned all of these things during a nearly three year stay at an employer in one of the armpits of the world. I’ll have to see if I can come up with a more broad list, spanning more employers.


One Response to “Things I learned at work”

  1. jen vecc on November 7th, 2007 5:20 pm

    love it!!!


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