Red Dirt RubyConf 2011

  • Keynote
    Aaron Patterson
    Open source contributions include:
    ARel, Nokogiri, and Mechanize
    Aaron Patterson - AT&T Interactive
  • Keynote
    Dr Nic Williams
    Open source contributions include:
    Hudson.rb, RoR Textmate Bundle, and ChocTop
    Dr Nic Williams - Engine Yard
  • Conference Themes
    nike 8 flex
    ´╗┐Nike vs Columbia From my perspective, knowing people who work at both companies, having interviewed multiple times at both, and having been laid off from one of them twice now, they pretty much interchangeable. There is a lot of cross pollination among the two companies. (Plus Adidas, and all the other footwear manufactures here in Portland.)Pros: At Nike you have the opportunity (if you in the right group,) to do some really cool stuff that is literally beyond cutting edge. When Nike makes a move in the industry, the industry follows. The benefits can be beaten, from those that appear on your pay check to those you have just by being on Campus. Prestige of working at Nike. The name on the corporate card generates respect around the world. Frequent work celebrations include alcohol. Plus there is a sports bar on campus.Cons: Your job can disappear at any time as business groups are restructured. Frequently long hours. Products you spent years building can be dropped within a few hours for no apparent reason. Or you can literally be asked to roll out a massive product within 48 hours to meet some marketing deadline. Constantly getting hit up for employee passes, or asked to pass on resumes. Sink or swim. More stable product lines, less fear of job loss. Layoffs are nearly unheard of. More laid back culture in general.Cons: Benefits are no where near as good as at Nike. "Columbia? Never heard of them" whenever you outside of Portland.If you young, can stand the hours, and want to build up your resume. Go Nike. People tend to move around a lot, both laterally and vertically (typical seems to be about 3 years between transfers/promotions). Pay varies. Designers, innovators, scientists, etc. Seem to make above average money to attract top talent, but I heard some other jobs that are not as specialized tend to nike xl socks pay lower. I think work/life balance varies by department and by person, but the only peopleI often see working more than a typical 40 50 are pretty high up (directors, VPs). A lot of the people there, because of the revolving door aspect, are in training mode and the contacts you think you making are gone when you go back to see them for something.I was offered a job at Columbia, but something about the place felt lot more buttoned up.In the end, I left Nike and work for Standard now. Though some areas are slammed, my area has a nice easy pace to it. If you an analyst with any sort of programming skills, even just VBA, we love to have you. Good pay, and a lot of the high tenure people are going to be retiring soon, so there is a lot of opportunity. Every single interview I went to, people wanted to hear about Nike and what that was like and only a few then moved on to NASA. There is a serious amount of prestige and reputation behind Nike and long term, I think that will help you out a lot more than Columbia.However, you at Nike, sports central. It a great opportunity to learn. No matter how much they suck, you can learn nike shoes discount a lot in a large company environment if you have the gumption to go ask. You could soccer shoes nike id spend forever just figuring out their end to end supply chain and you still wouldn understand their to retail supply chain, which apparently is different.I know two current employees and a bunch of former/retired employees. Like others have said, employee happiness tends to be strongly influenced by what department you in. I mean in general, it hard to really measure vacation packages since some companies offer "unlimited" then guilt you into not taking it. Because if you telling me your a consultant, I know your "unlimited" vacation is probably useless.Nike is pretty old school corporate in that they give you something like a month or so off TO START. After 5 or 10 years you can take a sabbatical. Flexibility to take it varies based on your role/department/function. I sure some people would complain about this, but it seems like a lot of vacation time to me.