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Cubicle Workplace = Bad Company?

Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 7:20 PM
Cubicle Workplace
[Photo courtesy of ioillusion.]

IT employees will do good to avoid companies offering cubicles as workplaces, according to the ACM Technews/Sys-Con Media (France) article, "When to Leave Your First IT Job".

A bad work environment (i.e. "cubicle farms") is a clear warning sign for you to leave the job. As the article says:
"Working in cubicles is the sure sign that you're not working for a successful company. If the company will not or can not spend the money to create offices for its knowledge workers, so they can get into the zone, the odds of it creating a successful software product and capitalizing on it are about the same as you becoming a millionaire by going to Las Vegas..."

Well, the above scenario might not apply to Philippine IT companies, but it's still worth thinking about if you're a present IT employee or one who's looking to land an IT job.

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Anonymous Anonymous @ 10/31/2005 12:52 AM

To work in a cubicles is actually an upgrade for some here in the Philippines. Not all IT companies, at least the one's I've worked for, can afford to have separate cubicles for each employee. Money is still the strongest motivating factor. Pay me 2x my salary and I'll "get it on" even if you force me to work on the floor! hehe :)    

Blogger Corsarius @ 10/31/2005 2:02 AM

I've actually visited some of the better IT companies (I hope so) in the country, and yep, they do have cubicle farms..you're right about that, marc. :)    

Blogger ia @ 10/31/2005 10:33 PM

If I'm going to be materialistic and all that, I won't mind a cubicle job at all if I earn enough to buy myself the things I need and want, and possibly even bring them to work. But I also know that eight-to-five jobs are not that feasible for IT-related jobs. Anyway.    

Blogger Corsarius @ 11/01/2005 2:25 AM

argh...speaking of 8-5 jobs, I don't know if my persona/attitude can survive them.

i know you can relate ;)    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 11/01/2005 2:10 PM

I meant "to work in a cubicle.." :)

It isn't the 8 hours. It's who you spend those 8 hours with that's critical :)    

Anonymous Anonymous @ 11/02/2005 11:50 AM

have you watched Office Space Mr. Corsarius? For me it's my bible on repressive I.T. company work places. Highly recommended viewing :)    

Blogger Corsarius @ 11/02/2005 1:06 PM

to marc: hehe, that too :)

to gabriel: i'll take your word for it ;)    

Blogger olrayt @ 11/06/2005 12:15 PM

"To work in a cubicles is actually an upgrade for some here in the Philippines."


"Pay me 2x my salary and I'll "get it on..."

-kuerk again. pay me $10 million and i'll force myself to coach kobe. :D    

Blogger Corsarius @ 11/06/2005 7:06 PM

to olrayt: "pay me $10 million and i'll force myself to coach kobe." kurek ka dyan. unfortunately, i'm for the Bulls. Shaq's Heat, too.    

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