Tag Archives: jobs

May 13, 2018

The Weird, Dangerous, Isolated Life of the Saturation Diver

When the divers finally come out of the chamber, the adjustment is both emotional and physical. They emerge pale and disoriented, like prisoners released from solitary, drained and irritable, body clocks out of whack. Tweddle finds it hard to train his body not to eat quite so much. He has to be on guard for waistline expansion since there are now strict body mass index guidelines for North Sea divers.

Hovey owns some land in the central Texas pine woods, and he usually spends a few days there alone before trying to reintegrate with the noise and chaos of family life. His kids give him a wide berth after a job, and he and his wife like to start dating all over again as a way to reconnect. It’s hard to shake the feeling that he is in suspended animation while in sat, even though life goes on. “My family is constantly trying to grow and be better versions of themselves,” he says. “Sometimes being away for work, I get left in the dust.”

A fascinating piece by Jen Banbury on what might just be the most bizarre job in the world.

January 18, 2016

Why Are So Many Zappos Employees Leaving?

Why are so many employees leaving? Backtrack to 2013: Tony Hsieh, Zappos’s CEO, started promoting a new management structure called holacracy. It’s a setup that’s supposed to encourage collaboration by eliminating workplace hierarchy—meaning no more titles and no more bosses. The system instead asks workers to track all strategy decisions and their outcomes in a web-based app called Glass Frog. Roger Hodge, writing in The New Republic, called it “a radical experiment … to end the office workplace as we know it.”

I’ve been saying it for years: absolutely no hierarchy at the workplace is doomed to fail. You need some basic structure or you’ll end up in a situation where nothing gets done.

April 26, 2015

Nothing is more indicative of a bullshit job than the interview

Despite being asked to reverse a linked list in almost every interview i’ve had, I have only ever used linked lists for two things: a) computer science exams, and b) interviews by people who passed the former.

I think almost everyone who has been interviewed for a programming job will recognise situations like this.

In other news, this gave me an excuse to create a bullshit tag.

(via @nikcorg)