Thursday, June 16, 2005

Big Company Blues

Not that big company. I'm talking about Microsoft. Gretchen, a recruiter at Microsoft, blogged about the difficulties of finding and attracting talented developers in today's climate. She has me convinced recruiting is a tough job. It's very interesting that hiring managers think they can do her job better than she can. That's a common complaint from developers too.

Joel's response to Gretchen is also worth reading. Joel is head of a small company so he has an obvious axe to grind. He can't understand why anyone would want to work for a big company. Still, I got a kick out of some of the pages Joel links to -- for example, this microserf's ode to his office guest chair. He has somehow escaped the big company Furniture Police. Who will have the last laugh?


Bob said...

It's worth reading Robert Scoble's response to Joel as well.

For what it's worth, the Furniture Police exist at that other big company as well. Please don't tell them that I have more than one guest chair in my office. ;-)

Dave Delay said...

Thanks for the link, Bob.

Joel's attack on Microsoft was definitely self-serving. Big companies are not for everyone, but there are lots of good reasons to stick with a big company. Scoble does a good job explaining why Microsoft can be a great place to work.