[maemo-developers] Nokia hiring developer for Maemo and Internet Tablets

From: Quim Gil quim.gil at nokia.com
Date: Fri Feb 23 08:02:30 EET 2007
On Thu, 2007-02-22 at 19:09 -0500, ext Acadia Secure Networks wrote:
> Companies like IBM figured this out long ago as a way to keep the
> software "factory" humming around the clock while saving on relocation
> costs. 

At a company level Nokia has offices worldwide as well, and as you may
imagine there is a lot of infrastructure facilitating *mobility*. :)
Another thing is the day to day at a team level. At
http://www-03.ibm.com/employment/ the first thing I have to do is
"Select region", I guess for a reason.

I don't know how other global companies deal with decentralization at a
team level. I know Novell employees working from home. Can I work for
Google from home? Different companies take different approaches. I guess
there is a reason for Silicon Valley to be in a geographical part of the
world. I guess there is a reason why Miguel is living in Boston.
Remember that here we deal with hardware as well, and this makes
decentralization more complex. 

I'm a big fan of teleworking myself, I have done it for years and I
think it's the best way to work for small teams. However, in big corps
with complex structures and big amounts of information it might have
counter effects. I guess it's easier to make it happen in quite
pyramidal structures with hardcoded vertical management lines. You are a
clear unit in the tree, you can be isolated somewhere keeping your
performance and confidentiality while doing your chunk of work.

However here the structure is relatively flexible and horizontal (in
comparison). A lot of parallel activities are going on and you can (and
are encouraged to) join them besides your job description. There is no
(easy) way to share them from elsewhere. 5 weeks after joining this team
I find it's a privilege to be in Helsinki. 

You can see this "localization" as a problem for you to apply for a job.
Or you can see it as a great opportunity to live an experience you
hardly would find near your home (and yes, by relocating you are going
to lose something in exchange).

Quim Gil - http://maemo.org

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