Great stuff. My only beef is the insinuation that leaving at 5pm makes you a poster-child of "mediocre".
I'd prefer to get in the office at 7-730 (I'm way more of a morning person) and bolt at 5. I'm more productive and I get to eat dinner as a family with my young son. If I have to chip in extra that night, whatever... but I hate the assumption that if you don't stroll in at 10-11am and leave at 9pm, you're "mediocre"...because you aren't working late.
I would say, the most appealing work environment is one where they trust you're going to get the job done. As long as you're in the office a bulk of normal business hours to attend meetings, brainstorms, or work with other departments... who cares if you come in early or work late... as long as it all gets done.
Wholeheartedly agree. I shouldn't be considered less of a professional because I work to live, not live to work.
Totally agree with this comment. It looks like he's implying that all the "digital talent" want to work 10,12,14,18 hours each day.
I agree people just need to be flexible on start times. Gone are the days of 'You can't leave until your boss does'
Completely agree that working longer hours is stupid. It shows you have terrible time management (or need some sort of self-validation issues). 14 hour days don't make you a hero.
Quick nitpick. That nav flipping from magenta and white on scroll is the most distracting thing ever when trying to read an article.
Yep. With ya on that.
... but I hate anything that's tied in to scroll. It's all distracting and in the way. I'm scrolling for a god damn reason. I WANT that menu to disappear: there is not enough space for your content!
I have a "home" button, I can scroll back up. I can hold down the page-up button. You have space underneath the article to put a link back to the top. Alternatively you can repeat your nav at the bottom of the page. You can have a menu on the side, though even that annoys me as of late, when I'm looking at content and the side menu just sits there. staring at me like a dumb, drooling little kid.
But no. We have to tie the menu to the top of the screen.
ps: I'm (not so) slowly turning into both Statler and Waldorf... without the humor :(
Why I Don't Want To Read Your Company Blog
Well that's funny, so much "digital talent" has left Huge in the last 2 years… They should change this title to: "Why Digital Talent Doesn't Want To Work At HUGE"
Edit: …but none of these reasons are why anyone left them
I might be generalizing here and without any facts, but this sounds exactly why I wouldn't want to work for a place like Huge.
D: "I want to work in an open office" - No one ever.
Otherwise, everything described in this article is exactly why my employer in Ohio was a nightmare and I fled for San Francisco four years ago. Unfortunately these are frequently characteristics of large, or older organizations.
This fits succinctly into http://www.podiium.com/debates/advertising-fun/