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Recruitment drives done well. [Jan. 30th, 2008|06:13 pm]
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Today, we had a talk from Cisco about jobs and internships. It's the first recruitment talk where I walked away thinking "I really want to work for them."

Sure, they did the standard things like t-shirts, pens and all of that, but unlike IBM, it's less about them saying "Here's a service we're advertising, and by the way, we might be doing jobs." The more these guys talked, it was about the work they did, who they wanted, and were upfront in saying "Look, you'll probably stay late every so often, but we're really flexible with hours in return." Overall, I figured that they seem to be a lot like Sun, but making a profit. It kinda makes sense when you realise that both companies came from Stanford U around the same time, so they both have a very similar ethos. They did something that made me not want to give them a hard time. Maybe it's that nobody uttered a single word about open source (seriously both Sun and IBM have pissed me off on that for different reasons), or maybe that it just reminded me so much of my old job in Sun, but with fiscal solubility. Add to that the fact that they'll take interns from final year if they're planning to do a postgrad, and it makes me think "This is a sound company that I would actually WANT to work for!"

[User Picture]From: deadlybuzz
2008-01-31 08:23 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ebel
2008-01-31 10:27 am (UTC)
I dunno... Google are bit... too much. I know some people who work in Google and yes they do give their employees lots of stuff. I've had lunch in the Dublin Google office. Free nice meals, Free Ice Cream, Free beer on Fridays. That's all well and good, but talking to people from Google are just too enthusiastic. It's like cult members who love their new church and their new lives. Their unfound chirpyness is strangely unsettling...
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[User Picture]From: deadlybuzz
2008-01-31 10:31 am (UTC)
I totally aggree on that note, I'm just trying to figure out what company zorro here is talkin about (maybe it was in post and I missed it but I think if it isn't DNA I barely notice it these last few days), given I've never seen a such a good review out of em for any company really.

but yes, almost like peppy brainwashed compsci cheerleaders.
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2008-01-31 11:20 am (UTC)
'tis Cisco. You'll see their products placed in lots of various different TV shows. A town called Eureka, whenever they use video conferencing stuff, they have Cisco branding.
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[User Picture]From: deadlybuzz
2008-01-31 11:26 am (UTC)

Is it incredibly incredibly sad that I thought that was a reference to the person giving the talk who you thought resembled the captain of Deep Space Nine?

... don't answer that.

I already know it is.
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2008-01-31 11:45 am (UTC)
At least you didn't say "Oh, the thong song people!"

Thong thong-thong thong thong!
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