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Comment Re:Over 40 turned down by Google (Score 2) 162

Not my impression at all. The recruiter flat out told me that their hiring process was very much in favor of recent grads for one reason only: much of the material that pops up in many of the interviews is covered in an academic setting and theif you graduated long ago you had probably forgotten a lot of it.

Google was interested in me be extremely proficient in C, Java, or C++. At least for this position they didn't care about anything else. Flat out did not care.

Aside from that, it was algorithmic and data structure type questions. Sorting questions, stuff like that.

My screw up was that after 20 or so years I had forgotten the difference between theta and omega notation when analyzing the growth rate of my sort routine - I switched them. That did me in. Oh well.

Comment My company is about 85% remote (Score 2) 269

I live 15 minutes away and rarely come in.

It works well for us simply because we hire people who respect this freedom: we have core hours in which you are expected to respond to email, slack, phone calls. Missing meetings is not an option - you will attend over GTM. People are pretty professional. No gossiping or stuff like that.

We realistically scope our work - an Agile shop, our two week sprints are rarely ever slipped, our stories are are rarely ever 5 points (Fibonacci). We usually make the goals that management and engineering agree to. While of course they ALWAYS want more, they have tasted the sweetness of perfectly predictable product release dates... and they like it.

We also fire. Quickly. Not only is it a reminder to all that slackerdom is not tolerated... just one lazy apple can bring the whole thing down. So we end up working *very* solid 8 hour days. Rarely have to work overtime. It usually ends up feeling like a low grade constant crunch time, but is not so bad.

Comment This is a fact of life for us older developers (Score 1) 194

I agree that it is BS on many levels, but it is what it is... an old story. This is the case for most older workers.

I personally am positioning myself for the inevitable. Learn and actually use some new skills, have a decent work portfolio, learn some soft skills like public speaking, and so on. Pay off all debts, and saving my ass off... basically making hay while the sun shines so when that axes comes it won't be a catastrophe, and be able make do with a lower paying job.

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