Originally Posted by billmiranda
Originally Posted by DarthBeavis
Like any company would order 100 laptops from Alienware. Large companies order Dell, IBM, or Compaq.
I cant imagine Alienware in a corporate office How would they ever get work done or stop people from stealing the stuff "
Wow, this is what I hate hearing:
I believe in giving my people what's best out there. I learned a long time ago that people are your most important asset. I make mine feel good, they make me look good. Sunds corny I know but it's what someone I used to work for taught me.
Hell, when I was a manager at MCI (no,.. not that worldcom abortion-early 90s), I was the manager for Corporate Aviation IT. We had pilots that rode Motocross or drive formula fords, sponsored by our company.
We had custom 8' projections screens set up in our control center for our flight controllers. When planes weren't flying, we had already set up quake servers that people that worked there could play on down-time... I had my people load everything that people bought in as far as games and we'd have huge matches. But you know what? Our jobs got done because people would go bust their asses after fragging their managers etc.
You give people the best, they do their best. If you find that hard to believe, perhaps you should seek employment elsewhere?
As my company grows (expecting my nice little federal grant here any day now) I expect my people to bust their butts for me. In return they get whatever they want to do their jobs.
It sounds like a great opportunity for your employee's Bill. But the corporate world that I'm familiar with (and possible quite a few others), most people will not be that lucky. My last position was with one of the top 3 employers in the world (after being bought out). They will remain nameless because I'm not one to rehash bad feelings, but I actually feel you probably are familiar with them as they were at the time ONE of MCI's biggest customers. I worked as a remote based programmer on a 386 between 1997-2001, in 2001 they finally upgraded my pc to a 333mhz. Shortly after, I got laid off by a manager that I was restructured under 2 months prior because my billable Utilization was only 94% (including vacation, sick time, etc.) which they didn't feel met their criteria (they laid off about 45% of the 6000 people after the "Sell out"). Playing Doom or Quake on their server was a good way to get written up for insubordination, not that it didn't happen. I will say utilization goes hand in hand with the technology that is provided (supporting your theory), but I strongly feel a company such as your own is an exception. Simply put, be happy that you can provide your employees with the resources as mentioned, but I wouldn't make an assumption that thought is shared with the rest of the corporate world. I certainly can understand the skepticism that others may have. Again though, be happy that you are the acception because in the end, you don't need anyones approval because it will show in your wallet. I've seen very few companies that feel that way, but they are all successfull.
Edit 1 - Oops, I reread you note, the MCI I refered to was the "worldcom abortion-early 90s"