In the States I worked with a wonderful, tight web team. We went out and partied together, we had lan parties, we sat together in our lights-off, cavelike office where the corporate types never felt comfortable bringing people. There were bare feet with toe rings, ties were scarce, and my boss had the most gorgeous waist-length hair that you could imagine. My mother even loved his hair.
Suits abound here, and although you can dress down on Fridays, it’s more of a spiffy polo shirt and jeans thing. It’s a large, open-plan, corporate environment. I miss working as a web team in a proper IT-weirdos-only environment…I miss it enormously.
These are the things that corporate culture doesn’t understand about us:
1. We need toys. Our toys define us as part of geek culture. I used to have a whole shelf of Spawn figures. We had cubicle toys, both manufactured and homemade…like the infamous CDs of death that would be sailed across the room. (What was it, was it one of the Evil Dead movies that had the character with embedded CDs sticking out of his head and body? Safety in the workplace? That’s for normal people.)
2. We need darkness. We need that absence of overhead flourescent lights that allows you to work on a computer in comfort. We LIKE being the trolls in the dungeon. “We are the weirdos, mister.” We need to be separate from the marketing types.
3. IT and web teams don’t do well as corporate clones. We just don’t have the corporate cubicle mentality.
Just give me back my toys, man.