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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 6:45 AM
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I love open offices and low cubes. I love the comradeship of a team that can just turn around or stand up in order to brainstorm. But I think companies that use these two floor plans should also spring for the noise canceling head phones.
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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 7:10 AM


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This is a good idea, I would have liked this in my last developer role. As a DBA, I prefer the higher walls and less noise so I can figure stuff out in peace.



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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 7:14 AM
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I've worked in 5' tall cubicles, open plan, shared office, and private office. I've also worked in the computer room itself (not nearly as fun as you would think).

I have to say for me private office is the best. I can concentrate on development, and if I need to have a micro-meeting the people I need to talk to are just down the hall. :)

Plus, if I absolutely need to remain uninterrupted I can close the door and set my phone to "busy".

Ah, development nirvana...
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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 7:23 AM
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A room with a door I can shut, preferably with soundproof walls so other people don't complain about my screaming or loud music.

And so I don't have to listen to the second by second description of the last twenty-four hours of someone's life, retold to each new person that walks into a neighboring cubicle, all day long.

I'm not anti-social, just non-social.
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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 7:36 AM
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Like most everyone else who has posted, I've been in about as many environments as possible. I prefer an open concept myself. I have found that I hate having my own office - I feel shut out from the world when I am in one, even if the door is open. The only plus for an office is if I wish to be undisturbed, but I'm not in that mode often enough to counter the loneliness factor.

But I agree with the noise cancelling/softening needs as voiced by another poster. The office I am in originally was a car dealership and manufacturing building, one of those "historic" sites. Looks really cool, but before putting in noise dampening tiles on the ceiling, the echo of noise was unbearable. The width and length of the building is approximately half a city block by half a city block. Before the fixes one could sneeze loudly in one end of the building, and on the other end you could swear they were right next to you when the sneeze occurred.
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batgirl (4/12/2013)
My current environment is not my favorite - large open room with entire management and staff at rows of desks.


I would hate to work in a large open room like this. While there are good points about collaboration when people are in close proximity, my favorite work is development, and I really want a quiet environment to do that.

Where I work now, we have several rooms that have been filled with about 6 cubicles each. (and I vote for 5 foot walls, not lower) So, I might be able to shout over the cubicle to one person, but not another. What we have found works really well is to have Instant Messaging set up, so we can quickly ask a question of someone in another room. What I really like is that it is an instant but quiet way to communicate!

Also, I really like to have personal things in my space, especially photos on the walls, so I can take visual breaks. I would go crazy if I had a desk in an open space.
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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 8:23 AM
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I've been in bullpens and 5 foot high cubes. I prefer the cubes. But i do have to say there is something for working in the computer room. Granted, at the end of the day you feel like you've been on a Boeing 707 to nowhere, but the white noise can be quite useful.

At one job I would work in the computer room on occasion. Low traffic and only the din of fans. Then again, the infrastructure folks took a dim view of it after I put the BSOD screen saver on a production server...and they rebooted it...twice. After that I wasn't allowed in without an escort. Of course it was funny later.


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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 8:54 AM
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I don't like the new low cubes and I don't like noisy environments. However, having a small lab or something similar would be nice to go into and tackle problems collaboratively as needed without disrupting the rest of team.
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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 9:42 AM


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Because our jobs require intense thinking at many times, I like an office with a door that can be closed. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to figure out why your database server is down and you are hearing someone in the next cube or hallway telling someone else what their baby threw up the night before at dinner. Headphones don't cure noisy inane conversations like a wooden door can.

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TravisDBA (4/12/2013)
Because our jobs require intense thinking at many times, I like an office with a door that can be closed. .....


Like Travis there are times I really need close the door and work through something. During that intense time I need complete attention and I need to find some way to focus completely in on the problem. Other times I need to be more social and the work dictates that I be so. For that an office can work but a cube or open might be better.

So I probably need an office like Steve has. This way for that work and another way for other work. I guess I default to the "It Depends" answer again, but in this case it really does depend on what is happening.

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