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Posted Monday, April 16, 2012 10:37 PM


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I've been a bit wary of paying much heed to such lists since a company I worked for entered and won such an award for 'best small company to work for' or some such. When the company were putting the entry together, they wanted all the staff to write some kind of testimonial to include as part of the bid. I'm not exactly saying it was strong arming, but I think people know what side their bread is buttered...would you want your entry to be singled out as inadequately praiseworthy or the one that says 'the company is cool but way too tight'?

I think all they say is 'this company wants to be known as a good place to work' or similar really - though presumably it would be hard for any truly awful company to win it.
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Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:06 AM
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I agree, but I'd like to point out the following;

For me, it's also important what the perception of the company is to the world or countries it acts in.

Just like when you purchase a car, you first search on the company or person selling the car to see what others has written about that company. Do they try to fool their customers or are they a serious company.

For me it's also important that the company values human rights. Worlds oldest company, Swedish Sandvik,for instance does not. I would not like to have that on my conscience, that I work for a company responsible for water supply pollution in Africa that has caused sickness and death to a small village. This means there are several companies I would not apply to work for.

* Then of course it's important to met the workforce, talk with them and how they work and how they are valued. Are they interested in the latest techniques and what not.
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Companies tend to lavish more attention and rewards on whatever department is integral to their core business model. For example, you can have a showroom floor full of fat and happy salespeople and still have a basement full of disgrundled programmers.
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Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:18 AM


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Hmmmm. I look at the 2007 Top 100 list on that site and I noticed that Microsoft (correct me if I'm wrong) is not on that list. No big surprise there!

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Hmmmm. I look at the 2007 Top 100 list on that site and I noticed that Microsoft (correct me if I'm wrong) is not on that list. No big surprise there!

I'd consider taking a job at Microsoft.
However, I wouldn't want to work in a factory manufactoring Apple iPads and iPhones.
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Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2012 11:31 AM


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Be careful. Part of their interviewing processs at Charlotte. NC is to put their prospective field engineers through a field call process where the the 3 interview panel members imitate customers that yell very LOUDLY at you. But they give you no pre-notice that this is what they are going to do. First time I ever had that happen in an interview. It's quite un-nerving if you aren't prepared for it. Actually, I am kind of glad I didn't get that job.

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