Re: Different idea about the job ad not attracting people

Subject: Re: Different idea about the job ad not attracting people
From: Pete Kloppenburg <pkloppen -at- CERTICOM -dot- CA>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1997 16:18:04 -0500

Jeanette Sainten wrote:
> Some technically talented people specifically look for start-up companies
> with a few brilliant, like-minded people who work in synergy. These people work
> night and day to produce their first products and get them to market before
> any competition can.

> Their hope is to make it really, really, really big. These people are going
> for
> pay-offs of millions within a year or two. Either the start-up will go
> public
> and their compensation is in stock options. Or the start-up will be
> purchased
> by a bigger company and the compensation is in stock.

*snip*

> When I read the ad, I thought it was one of those start-up situations.

Just for those who are thinking about applying to Alias/Wavefront
(and really, I hear it's a great place to work, if you like that stuff)
it is *not* one of those start up companies. You *won't* make
a killing on stock options.

A/W is (now) wholly owned by Silicon Graphics, so those folk who had
stock made their millions and are now sipping Margaritas
down in one of those Caribbean islands with no income tax.

But I understand that they pay well. And maybe you'll get to meet
Steven Spielberg if you work there long enough.

BTW, I agree with Jeanette, if you've got the stomach for the long,
lean years, start-up companies are definitely the way to get rich. Or
just get lean. And you WILL get buried under hours. Not for the
9-5 crowd, or those who like their benefits piled high.

Pete Kloppenburg
Technical Writer
Certicom
Misissauga, Ontario,
Canada

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