[nycphp-jobs] job: Sr. PHP developer - startup - Union Square NYC

Chris Hubbard chris at
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.
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Chris Hubbard
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