If you’ve never seen the movie Office Space and you’re a tech worker, do yourself a huge favor and find a copy asap. The thing about this movie is how Mike Judge manages to create a movie about the “colorful” types of cast you often meet inside a white collared job situation. One of the most infamous that seems to exist in some form is the Bill Lumbergh type. From my experience, it feels like this middle management leech somehow manifests at virtually every single company I’ve worked at and probably has shown up at your spot.
Just saw an article about the detrimental effects of the open office that has become popularized in recent years. I’ve been dealing with open offices for some time now since roughly 2009 (I worked in one Japanese office). Here, I want to share my evaluation of them and where they belong (or not).
Companies like Google and Facebook are famous for having some of the best working environments with perks like free meals, free gym, creative work spaces, child care services, pets, etc. Considering that they’ve been noted as being very forward thinking with regards to their company culture, it’s a wonder that other companies, especially those that want to be competitive or even non-tech companies, have not followed suit in comparison. Still, even with such a lavish work environment, are environments like Google or Facebook perfect? If not, how can companies who do not have the luxury of billions of dollars at their disposal compete or even make their work environments attractive to developers?