You don’t have to be mad to work in IT, but it helps

Survey catches glimpse of what life is like for the staff of the hi-tech world

Anyone who wants to know what it's like to work for a major technology company but is simply far too sane to try it for themselves, should take a look at a new book which claims to lift the lid on working for "cyber giants." Aimed at the curious -- and the downright nosy -- the authors of Vault Reports Guide to the High Tech Industry interviewed thousands of employees from whole host of IT companies such as AOL, Compaq, Microsoft and Yahoo!. The results, according to the publisher, make fascinating reading and reveal what really goes on behind the scenes at today's "high-tech powerhouses." Commenting on Netscape one employee said: "Frankly, if there were no Microsoft in the world, this [company] would undoubtedly be the most popular place of employment for anyone beginning in the software field." No doubt this particular person was interviewed before AOL decided to buy Netscape and the subsequent speculation that one in five of the workforce is going to be given its marching orders -- possibly today, The Register has learnt. Speaking fondly about Unisys, someone else said: "There are some people from the 'old school' who, due to the hard times we've been through, are very unreceptive to change, new ideas, or even a positive attitude." And an employee of Lotus said: "Although Lotus is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBM, we have our own policies and procedures. "Technically, we are IBM employees, but it hardly seems like it." Another IBM insider confirmed that this view was fairly accurate adding that real seamless integration between the two companies was definitely achievable but no one was quite sure when. Vault Reports Guide to the High Tech Industry is published by VaultReports.com, an Internet recruitment service based in New York. ®

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