So it turns out that my boss is leaving the company to go to Google. He will be managing a team of 8 or 10 sysadmins (that sounds familiar… hmmm). I am not sure if this is on the IT side or the production side…
I really envy the guy and I’m happy for him, but I can’t help but think that working here is going to start to suck. Maybe this is a signal that it’s time to start looking elsewhere. I haven’t decided to leave, actually, but I know that it’s a lot nicer to look for a job when the pressure to survive is not immediate. Better bargaining position too.
I have heard good things about Google but I’m skeptical.. they are growing really really fast and it’s hard to believe that they can keep that up. I have also heard that Google treats their employees well, but their I.T. employees not-so-well. I don’t know how I would deal with the implicit expectation of 10-hour days.
Maybe this would be a good time to think about moving. M and I have toyed with the idea of going to New Hampshire. Might be a good idea to check out Boston’s job market.
What do I want to do? Something that is a combination of unix sysadmin, managing others, and killing spammers.
Now would be a great time to connect with me on Linked In if you use the service. Any and all networking is appreciated.
It seems Torq’s “Absolutely not” is moving ever closer and closer to “Maybe, but how or when?” with regards to NH for us. You guys considering a move there as well certainly keeps swinging it further my way… =)
Incidentally, if you have room for other considerations on your list of potentials, we have a huge IT job market in the Seattle area… even Google is opening offices here.
Has opened. They hired away one of our test devs when I was working for the C# team a year and a half ago.
10 hours? That seems low, considering they make a big deal of telling you how you’re more than welcome to sleep in your cube…
Well New Hampshire has snow. That would be a deal-breaker for me.
As for Google, it defintely has some perks but like you I am skeptical. Friend worked for them for a year as a temp/contract. They said “yeah we are going to hire you” then Friday said the application has been rejected and took the badge away. No reason.
But its always easier to look for a job when you already have one. You know, Sonoma sure is growing :)
As far as Google and sysadmin work goes, I have heard that the amount of work one is required to do can vary quite a lot. It just sort of depends on what is happening with your projects. But you shouldn’t be surprised by this, seeing as it was true of AV. The only difference, perhaps, is that at AV, the extra hours were an act of survival to keep things running (to keep the company running), whereas at Google it’s to conform/gain favor.
You could apply for positions at Yahoo, I suppose …
Excellent, thanks for the info…
I think what prevented google from even calling me last time around was the lack of (completed) b.s. degree. It would be nice if they could take “or equivalent experience” seriously, but if they don’t, their loss.
And good luck in your search!
You could complete your b.s. degree…you know…school is good for you. *chokes on her homework* No really….homework is fun *gags on her assigned papers* Yeah…homework.
NH has snow, but it has less snow than Vermont or Maine…and if you live in Portsmouth you really don’t get snow….more like…sleet. Yeah, sleets not snow.
Just give you more excuses to cuddle…*purr*
There is fall foliage…its be–e-uuu-tiful.
And well…there’s lil ole me :) :) :)
Hey I’d actually settle for you guys coming east of the Mississippi…but I’m not getting my hopes up :)
If you lived in New Hampshire, we could visit now and again! :)