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Career Watch: Top perks for IT jobs

By Jamie Eckle
April 7, 2014 06:30 AM ET

Computerworld - There is such a thing as a free lunch. And free gym memberships too, if you're in the right tech field. Dice.com looked through its database of job postings to elicit these listings of the top perks being offered for a selection of IT job categories.

Software Engineering

1. Tuition reimbursement
2. Gym membership
3. Lunch
4. Referral bonus
5. Working with latest technologies

Cloud Computing

1. Gym membership
2. Lunch
3. Casual environment
4. Tuition reimbursement
5. Working with latest technologies

Big Data

1. Lunch
2. Casual environment
3. Referral bonus
4. Tuition reimbursement
5. Gym membership

Mobile Development

1. Lunch
2. Gym membership
3. Tuition reimbursement
4. Working with latest technologies
5. Referral bonus


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Randall Gaboriault

The CIO at Christiana Care Health System explains how to initiate change from below.

I jumped from one big corporation to another a few months ago, gaining a new title and a chance to work with some different technology. I'm happy with the move, but I'm struck from time to time with how my old company handled some things -- mostly to do with employee relations and communication, not the tech stuff -- a lot better than they do here. I've mentioned a couple of things, but I don't want to be the guy who's always saying, "Things were so much better at my old job." And it's not like I have a lot of experience. My old company was my entire career until now. What's the smart way of getting attention for these sorts of issues? You've already made a key observation: self-awareness of the danger of being "that guy." Pausing and reflecting, as you have done, is step one. Not all organizations perform well on the same dimensions; this may not be a lack of maturity or ignorance, but strategic choice. Though you believe there is a need to strengthen the environment, the organization may not be ready. To initiate change, be realistic about timing. Organizations are complex, and change does not happen rapidly, unless under threat. You need to build a coalition of support and seek counsel from the person who hired you for your skills, your experience, your fit and, ideally, your potential. But don't frame comparisons; bring your thoughts forward as ideas and connect them to the goals of your new organization.

What skills and other attributes (including personality) are optimal for software QA professionals? The paramount attribute is self-evident: quality. This means having an immediate and passionate connection to getting things done right, the first time. When done well, this role enables organizations to delight their customers with solutions that meet their needs and perform as expected, in a reliable manner. But optimally, QA professionals bring more than just a robust attention to properly completing the task components of the work. They should have an intuitive grasp of the critical value created by the role, which is to elucidate and extinguish previously unseen risk. They must feel responsibility for the mission of their organization and those it serves. Finally, they should have personal accountability to not just do the work with excellence, but to also find ways to improve it.

I'm the CIO of a midsize firm, and I would like to pursue a doctoral degree. I'm worried, though, that a Ph.D. is seen as antithetical to the business environment. What do you think? You are defined by your actions and communications, both verbal and nonverbal, by whom you interact with and whom you do not, and by how you treat others and their ideas, not exclusively by your educational ranking. A Ph.D. is not at all incompatible with the business environment -- the wrong behaviors are. Others may form preconceived notions based on your degree, some may digest it as an asset, others a liability. You can disarm those notions by being tactful in how you deploy your academic dexterity. Collaborate, acknowledge and leverage the strengths of others, be respectful and share credit. Never use your degree as a weapon, for example as the reason for knowing something that others do not.

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