jm + hr   9

How Fucked Up is Your Management?
Oh dear.
Score 1 “My management culture is fucked up” point for each of the following:

We have an unlimited vacation policy;

We don’t do regular 1:1s, but we have open office hours/are super available if anyone wants to chat;

We don’t have a process for interviewing, we just hire awesome people when we meet them;

We super care about diversity, but we don’t want to lower the bar so we just hire the best person for the job even if it means diversity suffers;

We don’t have defined levels and career paths for our employees, we’re a really flat org;

We don’t have formal managers for every staff member, everyone just gets their work done;

We don’t have, like, HR HR, but our recruiter/office manager/only female employee is super good if you want someone to talk to;

We don’t do performance improvement plans for employees that are struggling. We just have a super honest conversation about how they aren’t a good fit and fire them;

We would have some hard explaining to do if our salary list accidentally became public.
startups  management  culture  work  vacation  hiring  office-hours  managers  diversity  careers  hr 
october 2016 by jm
Improving Our Engineering Interview Process
Foursquare on hiring. 'we forgo technical phone interviews whenever possible. They’re typically unpleasant for everyone involved and we felt like the environment of a phone screen wasn’t conducive to learning about a candidate’s abilities comprehensively. Instead we give out a take-home exercise that takes about three hours.'
hiring  interviewing  foursquare  hr  phone-screens  tech  jobs 
april 2016 by jm
re:Work - The five keys to a successful Google team
We learned that there are five key dynamics that set successful teams apart from other teams at Google:
Psychological safety: Can we take risks on this team without feeling insecure or embarrassed?
Dependability: Can we count on each other to do high quality work on time?
Structure & clarity: Are goals, roles, and execution plans on our team clear?
Meaning of work: Are we working on something that is personally important for each of us?
Impact of work: Do we fundamentally believe that the work we’re doing matters?
teams  google  culture  work  management  productivity  hr 
november 2015 by jm
The Terrible Technical Interview
TechCrunch, very down on the traditional big-O-and-whiteboard tech interview. See also https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9243169 for some good comments at HN. To be honest I think a good comprehension of data structures and big-O is pretty vital though....
interviewing  jobs  management  hr  hiring  techcrunch 
march 2015 by jm
The Pizza Party Where Everyone Got Fired
The testers at [MAJOR PUBLISHER] had just finished wrapping up testing on a project we'll call "Biolands." And to congratulate them, the man in charge arranged a huge bowling/pizza party for the end of the week. Of course everyone is hyped for the event. So the day finally arrives and all the testers show up. They all start bowling and eating pizza. After a few hours of everyone enjoying themselves, the VP asks for everyone's attention. When he does manage to get the team to listen, he begins to thank them for their hard work and has the leads hand them their termination papers.


And many other horror stories from the worst software industry of all -- games.
games  software  jobs  bowling  pizza  fired  horror-stories  hr  employment 
february 2015 by jm
Painless, effective peer reviews
This sounds like a nice way to do effective peer-driven team reviews without herculean effort, which were one of the most effective reviewing techniques (along with upwards reviewing of management) I encountered at Amazon. (Yes, the Amazon approach was very time-consuming and universally loathed.)

The potential downside I can see is that it doesn't give the reviewer enough time to revise any review comments they have second thoughts about, whereas written reviews do, but that would be an easy fix at the end of the process. Also, it's worth noting that in most cases, a good review requires a bit of time to marshal thoughts and come up with a coherent review of a peer, so this doesn't completely avoid the impact on effort. Still, a definite improvement I would say.
hr  management  reviews  performance  peer-driven-review  360-reviews  staff  peers  work  teams  amazon 
august 2014 by jm
Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant
"They had a great lead, they were years ahead. And they completely blew it. And they completely blew it because of the bureaucracy."
microsoft  bureaucracy  stack-ranking  hr  culture 
july 2012 by jm
More Best of the Email - The Daily WTF
the "45-hour workweek vs 80-hour vacation" one is a bureaucratic classic
email  via:eoin  funny  daily-wtf  bureaucracy  hr  health-and-safety  omgwtfbbq  from delicious
march 2010 by jm

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