the "no good Perl jobs"/"no good Perl programmers" myth
nik at ngo.org.uk
Sun Aug 6 15:35:34 BST 2006
Dirk Koopman wrote:
> I think my point was that volunteering to opt out is a very carefully
> engineered illusion - which you so neatly illustrate :-)
It ain't necessarily so. Four and half years ago, when I started at
Citi, they invited me to opt out of the working time directive.
This has had no obvious negative effect on my performance when compared
to my peers at our performance review meetings.
Now it's possible that my crack ninja coding skills are responsible
for this, but I doubt it somehow.
I think a lot of this is because people have a "won't bother" attitude
to these sorts of things, for whatever reason. One of my other hot
button topics is the "we own everything you do" clause in the contracts.
I indicated at the interview that that wasn't acceptable, and had it
removed, so if I do it on my equipment and on my time then it's my code.
Do other people bother 'fighting' about stuff like that?
 I did try to write 'skillz', but there's part of my brain that just
won't let me.
 Wasn't really a fight. They said "Oh, OK", at the interview, and
accepted the amended contract without a fuss.
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