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Interview Question

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I was asked today in an interview what I thought a company was responsible to do for their employees. Or, “what does a company owe its employees.”

What would you say?

Written by Chris Sutton

August 21, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Posted in Life, Technology

6 Responses

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  1. Beyond the givens like salary and the like, I’d say:

    – a challenging environment
    – freedom to explore/grow
    – the opportunity to do my best work

    Tim Barcz

    August 21, 2008 at 7:28 pm

  2. @Tim

    Good points. I would add:

    – meaningful work
    – access to the tools that enable you in your development
    – managers/leaders that remove major distractions and obstacles


    Chris Sutton

    August 21, 2008 at 7:57 pm

  3. I believe the right tools for the job is essential. Also, fair wages for a fair days work. If these 2 criteria are met, I believe an employee can be happy.



    August 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm

  4. I would wish for them to consistently ask themselves: “What can we do to make people want to work here over a similar company?”

    Chris Missal

    August 25, 2008 at 9:30 pm

  5. @Chris

    My experience during this job search has been a lot of passive companies. I have yet to find a development team that is aggressively looking for good developers. And they certainly aren’t making much of an attempt to demonstrate why they are a great company to work for.

    It seems that even if the market were really tight, a company would still want to differentiate itself from the rest of the crowd.


    Chris Sutton

    August 26, 2008 at 3:18 am

  6. If company think about personal and professional growth as well according to individuals skill.


    September 10, 2008 at 4:46 am

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