Workplace

7 Signs You Shouldn’t Work for a Startup

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With their potential to create the next big thing, let you swim in money after a successful IPO, and offer a fun team atmosphere they’re known to foster, working at a startup can hold a lot of appeal. But if you’re thinking of working for one, it’s time to take off the rose-colored glasses. The truth is startups come with a lot of risk. They’re hard work and definitely aren’t for everyone. So first thing, make sure the startup life… continue…

CIOs Allow More Online Shopping from Work

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Businesses and their CIOs are warming up to the notion that online shopping at work isn’t necessarily a bad thing, according to a survey from Robert Half Technology. Of the more than 2,300 CIOs surveyed, 70 percent either allow unrestricted access to online shopping services or access as long as it isn’t excessive. That’s a substantial difference from 2010, when a similar survey found less than half allowed such behavior. Perhaps a more telling metric is the percentage of CIOs… continue…

Employees Have a Love/Hate Relationship With BlackBerry

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It comes as no surprise that life at Blackberry isn’t what it used to be, and employees aren’t being quiet about it. A lack of growth opportunities, a lack of stability and a general lack of fun are all taking their toll. “There aren’t many chances to grow internally,” wrote one current employee on Glassdoor.com, the anonymous employer reviews site. “The company does not retain its top talent. The company did not do a good job of marketing its products,… continue…

Money? Bah. Some Say Twitter’s Not an Ideal Place to Work

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Courtesy of its IPO, Twitter has turned employees into millionaires, so most are undoubtedly more than happy with the company. Employees rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars and the bulk of its staff – 85 percent to be exact — would recommend working there to a friend, according to Glassdoor. Still, despite the good times all around, Twitter employees say the environment isn’t perfect and employees are beginning to complain about the company’s shortcomings, says Business Insider. The majority… continue…

Stack-Ranking’s Alive and Well in Tech

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The last 10 years are often called Microsoft’s “lost decade” as the company that once dominated the software world seemed to pay more attention to internal competitions than the marketplace. Microsoft, said Vanity Fair, had “cannibalistic culture.” It laid much of the blame on the forced ranking system the company used for employee evaluations. But now, Microsoft has abandoned that controversial “stacked ranking” system, replacing it with evaluations that forego rankings and give managers much more control over the process.… continue…

4 Co-Working Spaces in Silicon Valley

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Time was, people who wanted to start a company in Silicon Valley worked in their garages. Then, they began working at home and collaborating in coffee shops and libraries. Still, even if you get out for the occasional meeting, working from home can be isolating, and it’s not always the best thing for your motivation. As a solution, entrepreneurs have increasingly turned to co-working spaces – shared rented areas with collaborative space, cubicles, offices, conference rooms and all the comforts… continue…

How You Can Manage Without Managers

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Are companies better off without managers? Your first reaction is probably, “Yes!” But in a lot of cases, there may be more than anti-management frustration to your answer than you think. Indeed, IT teams – especially startups – may be ripe for the innovative approach of managing without managers, a move that could straighten even Dilbert’s tie. According to Michele Zanini, managing director of McKinsey’s Management Lab in Boston, an IT workforce could work well under a leaderless system. Typically,… continue…

Working at Google May Not Be That Great After All

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Working at Google, widely considered Silicon Valley’s most prestigious employer, may not be all its cracked up to be. For example, consider a recent Quora thread on the subject: “The worst part of working at Google, for many people, is that they’re overqualified for their job,” wrote a former employee. “There are students from top 10 colleges who are providing tech support for Google’s ads products, or manually taking down flagged content from YouTube, or writing basic code to A|B… continue…

A New Way to Get The Most Out of Tech Workers

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Tech companies are notoriously fast-paced and challenging places to work, yet burnout is an often discussed – but ignored — problem. It’s compounded by the fact that developers and engineers often work in silos. The result, says Christine Comaford, author of the book SmartTribes: How Teams Become Brilliant Together, is that it’s not uncommon for tech workers to go into what she terms “the critter state,” a fight/flight/freeze reaction. How to combat that? Comaford says it’s critical for managers at… continue…

Why It’s So Hard to Get Promoted at Amazon

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Getting a promotion at Amazon isn’t easy. Indeed, some say the process is brutal. And moving up may have more do to with your boss’s ability to present your case than how well you actually perform your job. According to a new book that describes life inside the online retail giant, promotion at Amazon requires having a boss willing to go to bat for you against his or her peers. Your boss also can’t have been recently promoted. And it… continue…