Microsoft is justified in having high standards ("Future Is What You Make It," May 2, 2005). What may surprise you is that its reputation for interviewing and selection is poor, so it ends up passing on candidates it should have hired, getting offers turned down, or not seeing outstanding candidates who know of the company's reputation and decline consideration when approached about an opportunity.
Furthermore, Microsoft isn't alone; other best-of-breed technology companies act like it's still 2002, as though they have their pick of the best, thereby conveying an image of indifference.
Venture capital is flowing again, and younger, smaller, more nimble companies hire with a process that impresses and therefore attracts "A" candidates.
Tom Blodgett, Affiliated Computer Services' managing director for BPO solutions in Shanghai, China, says, "We're always looking for talented, educated people that are willing to work at the correct wages" ("Look East," April 11, 2005).
Another paragraph on the same page states that the monthly salary for programmers ranges from $450 to $960 per month. Hmm, that equates to $2.81 to $6 per hour. Mr. Blodgett, you may be "talented [and] educated," but would you be willing to work at that "correct wage" yourself?
Training Consultant, Orlando, Fla.
Advice For CEOs
If a CEO doesn't understand the issues facing his CIO and his business, there will be failure and chaos ("The Biggest Threat To Your Career," April 18, 2005). He must support and encourage his staff to get the job done, not whine.
IT Specialist, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Conn.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.