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lastoneout
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4/15/2014 | 3:00:04 PM
Re: Telework?
this could be a fun conversation. :-)

I'm not impressed by any downtown. concord is nothing but expensive small shops for tourists.  locals generally go leave the town to spend most of their money.


yes, the commute sucks. all of the roads are jammed because of overflow from rt 2.

pubtran is better off absent than inadequate because if you have a broken pubtran system, it suck up resources and rationalization kicks in to justify the wasted time and expense. If you have nothing, you can at least figure out what's really needed and then make the case for spending the money. In small cities like Concord, the solution is probably going to be banning private cars in the city center and only allowing robot electric cars for on-demand transportation.
Lorna Garey
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4/15/2014 | 2:45:18 PM
Re: Telework?
I grew up in the area, so believe me, I hear you on costs. The commute to Concord from just about anywhere is terrible as well.

It's a beautiful and historic city with a great downtown, so I get why you'd want to base your company there. But public transportation options are very limited, and I lack sympathy for companies that say they want the very best people for the job ... but only if they happen to live nearby or are willing to uproot their families or endure hours in the car.

Yahoo seems to have started the pendulum swinging back to demanding that IT professionals put in face time. Whether that's good or bad depends, I suppose.
lastoneout
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4/15/2014 | 2:15:49 PM
Re: Telework?
just fyi on concord pricing.  anything along rt2 or rt 3 out to 495 is over priced.  2 bedroom, 1000sqft apt is about $2500 in most of boston, $1800-$2000 in waltham, newton, woburn, $1200-$1500 in acton and $1000-$1200 in ayre.  I've been looking.  It is almost worth the 1.5hr commute to live in a more rural environment


to your point of telecommuting, rent/property prices will drive telecommuting, not environmental concerns. if your workers can't afford to live near to work, you need to find another way to make it possible for people to work with you.
Lorna Garey
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4/15/2014 | 12:04:29 PM
Telework?
So by this: "his preference is to hire in Boston, but if the company can't find the right people eligible to work there, its German office will grow." 

I take it to mean, you work in a physical office. People who live in Chicago and want to work remotely need not apply? 

Concord and the surrounding areas are insanely expensive. Maybe that plays a part.
Laurianne
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4/15/2014 | 11:51:06 AM
Your reaction?
Here is one company's perspective on the much-debated IT talent shortage. On the flip side, many IT pros maintain a shortage doesn't exist, that some HR departments are too picky and others simply don't want to pay veteran salaries. Readers, are you surprised he can't fill 12 slots in the talent-rich pool of people in the greater Boston area?
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