[nycphp-jobs] job: Sr. PHP developer - startup - Union Square NYC
chris at wildcharacters.com
Thu Jul 17 11:07:27 EDT 2008
As a developer there's a couple things I'd like to see in an ad that
that I don't typically see. These are the kinds of things I ask
during an interview. At this stage in the game mostly I'm screening
employers, rather than being screened myself. (That's because
development is becoming a commodity, but that's another
1. What is the technical depth of who will become my immediate
manager(s)? If the people I'm going to be working with don't have a
solid sense of the technology and they are subject to the whims and
fads of the industry, I'm not interested in working for them.
2. What is the management orientation? Are they product or service
oriented? Do they gauge effectiveness by how many hours my butt is
in the chair?
3. Can they articulate a problem? It's not really that hard, but
I've found very few people who can. The basics are: The thing does
this - I expected it to do that, and here's the steps to reproduce.
Do you know how many times I've heard, "Make it faster", or "I want
it to be more stable".
4. Does the company, management team have a clear and realistic view
of the positioning of the company? I really really really don't want
to work for "the next Google".
5. Single word descriptions aren't useful, "Relaxed" doesn't give me
any information. If you want to describe the environment, then do so.
6. And finally the project better be interesting. If you need a
PHP5 developer with 6 years of OO experience because your legacy
codebase is so convoluted, then I'd like to know that going in. Do
you know how many "unsupportable" codebases I've seen? Too many.
On Jul 17, 2008, at 5:56 AM, kaye wrote:
> Listening to the list last night and this morning, why not tell us
> recruiters, both in-house and agency, what you want to see in the ads?
> I've cut this down to the bone. I've got more information but all
> the verbiage in an email isn't as good as a 10 minute conversation
> with me, and a face to face with the client company.
> If you are interested, or you want more information, drop me an e-
> mail or give me a call. The number's there.
> This is an employee position.
> Location: Union Square, NYC
> Company type: small, interactive, whose profitable business is in
> the space between e-commerce and content / ad driven.
> Environment: Relaxed
> The need: a strong Object Oriented PHP developer who likes to write
> complex SQL statements and can also produce excellent front end AJAX.
> The team is multi-national, as is the senior management.
> What will you be doing? Creating scalable websites whose hit
> numbers go from 10s of thousands to 10s of millions. Growing -
> expected to double in size in two years.
> Excellent benefits.
> Salary, depending on experience, to 95K + bonuses.
> All replies in confidence.
> What's around the corner? Arthur Kaye Concepts in Staffing v.
> 212-293-4353 9 E. 37th St. 2nd floor f. 212-652-0789 New
> York, NY 10016 kaye at cisny.com 212-725-0300 http://
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