After I had worked for years in small web agencies, I decided to try something new and got a job in a rather big (3500 employees) IT-company 5 months ago. What I have seen at my new working place, turned out to be far from my expectations. At numerous requests of my friends, I want to share some observations about the differences between big and small IT-companies. As it is known, tastes differ. This article is not the ultimate truth; this is what I have faced and what was important for me.
Have you heard that in some companies employees are allowed working 20% of their time on the personal projects? It turns out that there is the company that rendered this principle to the absolute. Let’s imagine that you can work 20% out of 100% of the working time on any project that you want. There are no managers, departments and chiefs. The company structure is totally flat, and all employees are equal and voluntary grouping by interests. Only the projects that attract more people have chance to survive.
We were told since a childhood that the sleep should be eight hours. The same thing was repeated by doctors and parents. There were not any alternative views: the eight hours answer was cut and dried. However, recent medical and historical researches provide more evidence that the eight-hour sleep is unnatural for the human body.