Workplace

An Employee’s Guide to Open Source Contributions

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Creating your own project or otherwise contributing to open source is the kind of thing that can help you show off your skills to potential employers. Beyond that, many programmers contribute because they enjoy the work involved or use it to develop new skills. But it’s worth bearing in mind that, depending on your company’s attitude, there can be job-related pitfalls. Here are some things to look out for. Some businesses feel that anything created by their employees — even… continue…

Google’s Century-Long Survey Offers Management Tips

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Google wants to conduct a century-long survey of its employees. That’s an ambitious goal, to put it mildly—most companies don’t think much beyond the next few quarters, if that. But Google feels that, if it can run twice-annual surveys of 4,000 employees through 2114 or so, it can gain some profound insights into the long-term effects of corporate decision-making. Click here to find more HR jobs. “We ask about traits that are static, like personality; characteristics that change, like attitudes… continue…

3 Simple Ways to Make Sure It’s the Right Job for You

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The job hunting process doesn’t end when you get an offer: It ends when you decide to take it. That’s as important as the decision you made to look for a job in the first place. It can be as complicated, too, because there’s more to it than simply agreeing on pay, perks and vacation time. Just because everything looks great on paper doesn’t mean that you’re going to end up loving the situation you put yourself into. You want… continue…

These 2 Things Drive Coders Crazy

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It’s become something of an article of faith that the best developers love programming so much that it’s all they want to do. But Business Insider’s Julie Bort is wondering if that’s the real case. It’s a good time to be a coder — employers can’t find as many as they need and pay is healthy — but Bort says their life is made difficult by two things: a nagging sense that they’re not as good as they should be,… continue…

Here Are the Perks Employers Offer Most

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Technology professionals often view what they do for a living as more of a lifestyle than an occupation. They are drawn to learning and innovative ideas. Attracting these professionals requires a package of compensation and perks that enhances their minds and bodies, as well as their wallets. We drilled down into the workplace perks and special benefits offered most frequently by employers who use Dice.com to attract tech pros in four hot fields: software engineering, cloud computing, big data, and… continue…

What Makes—or Breaks—Tech’s Top Women

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What exactly does it take for a woman to become a household name in the tech world — a Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg or Susan Wojcicki? In many ways, it takes the same characteristics as it does for men, according to Telle Whitney, CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, a Palo-Alto non-profit that focuses on women in technology. “Women who rise to the top C-level have many of the same characteristics that any C-level executive would need — to be… continue…

More Companies Adopt ‘No Jerk’ Policies

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When it comes to hiring, there are two rules that Nimble Storage CEO Suresh Vasudevan follows. One’s a headline-grabber, the other obvious, if not often followed. “First, we do not hire jerks,” Vasudevan told the Register. “If I can choose between an arrogant rocket scientist and an agreeable guy that I love to work with — that isn’t quite as talented yet, I choose the latter.” The strategy, which Silicon Valley regulars may recognize as uncommon, has apparently worked well.… continue…

5 Great Places to Work for IT Interns

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Looking around for a summer gig as an IT intern? Well, here are five top technology companies that made it onto Glassdoor’s 25 Highest Rated Companies Hiring Interns list. In looking at the top five technology companies and perusing comments from their IT interns, we thought you’d be interested in getting a glimpse into the companies as seen through the eyes of these college students and recent grads. Facebook The social media giant ranked No. 1 on the list and… continue…

What It’s Like to Work at StumbleUpon

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StumbleUpon has the best of both worlds – the agility of a startup and the stability of a 12-year-old company. At least that’s how its vice president of engineering, Paul Antaki, sees it. The San Francisco-based company offers up Web pages, videos and photos based on subscribers’ self-selected likes and dislikes. It’s powered by a lean but growing crew of approximately 90 people, of which half work in technology. The site relies heavily on Hadoop, R, Raku and Octave, and… continue…

4 Signs You’re Being Pushed Out of Your Company

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How do you know when the end of your job is near — when the company you used to love, and may still, is pushing you out the door? Every case is different, of course, but experts say there are some common signs to look out for. The most-cited is when you find yourself shunted away from critical path projects. While it may not be happening because someone’s trying to point you to the door, if it goes on too… continue…