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Dave Weinstein

Member Since 08 Mar 2006
Offline Last Active May 22 2016 11:19 PM

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In Topic: getting fired in software industry

29 April 2016 - 09:17 PM

So, here is the thing. 


There is a balance between "dig into this yourself" and "ask an expert in house". If you spend a week trying to find the source code, you've clearly gone too far. If you ask a question about every function, you've gone too far in the other direction.


The problem is, this is a balance that people find *by* working in professional environments, it isn't something that gets taught in school, so far as I know. 


This is why entry level engineers are basically a loss early on; a big part of the ramp up is how things work in a professional environment, not just "how we do things differently here". Better companies know this, and the manager will either mentor the engineer, or assign a mentor. Worse companies, well, leave you to sink or swim.

In Topic: How to deal with this unexpected counter-offer?

22 April 2016 - 08:32 PM

Overtime not related to being a work-addict (something I have been 5 years ago) but rather to being always available 24/7 (company policy) and a 1h turnaround on any client request regardless of time of day and context.


Change jobs.

In Topic: Is there an opportunity for a systems engineer?

21 April 2016 - 10:04 PM

Canada is certainly easier than the United States, but it's not automatic. 


Details: http://www.immigration.ca/index.php/en/who-qualifies-for-canadian-immigration-under-the-skilled-worker-program#skilledworkergrid

In Topic: Is there an opportunity for a systems engineer?

18 April 2016 - 09:18 PM

OP is "Original Poster".


And even with a degree, getting a visa to work in the US is a bit of a crap shoot -- you not only need a company willing to sponsor you (which most game companies are not), you need to be lucky enough to get a spot in the lottery.

In Topic: How beneficial can personal projects be?

17 April 2016 - 09:00 PM

When you work on a project at a company, the results do not accurately display your own ability because you were part of a team frob. Everyone contributed. Having a portfolio is a means of isolating your own abilities and showing your own work, not the work of your teammates as a manifestation or extension of your own. I feel that your logic is unsound in your evaluation of potential candidates.


Except that when we hire people, we're hiring people to work on a team. Someone's ability to contribute effectively in a team environment is actually more important than what they do when they have absolute control and can do whatever they want on whatever schedule they want.