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By net1tech ·
There is a common misconception in the corporate world that a long track record at a company means you are a good stable employee. I have found the hard way that, at least in IT, this is a blatant fallacy. Most recently I was employed at a hospital in the MIS department. My boss had been there 30 years. She had absolutely no experience in IT. She got the job because she had been there sooo long and had already had every other job in the hospital. My two co-workers had 25 years combined service. One had no certs the other had NT4 era certs only. The network administrator did not know what a Windows 2000 domain controller was. She was also known to be hateful and unhelpful. HR had counseled her about it on numerous occasions. Perhaps she was burned out. But she only had NT4 certs. She did not want to increase her knowledgbase. Prior to that job I worked for a major IT outsource company. I worked with people with 25 years at the company who consistently asked for my advice on IT troubleshooting. I had 3 years experience at that time. In my experience, someone with many years at a single job in IT is someone who is not motivated and has become stagnant. What is your experience?

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by j.lupo In reply to Time on Job With an Emplo ...

Sometimes it is true what you are saying, othertimes I find that the person has a great deal of experience and knowledge of the organization and how IT best fits into that organization. Where I am now, I would work with the business people and get things done right the first time before trying to work with the IT people - and I am IT.

I can't believe I have been witnessing in the last 5+ years a change in IT mentality that the IT people appear to want to do what they want regardless of the business they support. IT is the mover of the business, the supporter of the business, the accelerator of the business, but it IS NOT THE BUSINESS in every case.

I worked in healthcare too. The primary business is healthcare not IT. So, the motivation of the people is more to support the existing infrastructure. That doesn't mean it is right, it just means they need a change master to develop stratigies to "futurzie" their IT while still cost effectively supporting the hospital.

I have also worked for IT software companies and seen where the alignment of IT and business worked well, but the focus was on providing quality software. I have worked in banking/finance, manufacturing and a lot of other industries. I have learned that what you saw is industry specific.

One day I hope to make a difference and help bridge this gap in organziations. I think it needs some help by people who can merge the two components.

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by Tig2 In reply to Time on Job With an Emplo ...

I understand what you are saying about folks that have been around as long as the walls and become demotivated or worse. There is another side.

My partner has been with the company he is currently at for 28 years. At one point, the corporation decided to create another business unit of their IT staff and then contracted them back. Convoluted but sometimes companies do some strange things.

Recently a business decision was made to outsource the IT functions that were being handled by these folks. 80 or so people were released and replaced by India. When those people walked out the door, they took years of experience with them. They were, after all, the people with 10 and 20 years with the company- the people who designed and built the systems. All of them who decided to find work, have found work- didn't take long. My partner and a couple of others have been retained on an extension- the company would like to hire them back but I know my partner isn't any too interested. The company is realising that the people who built the system are the ones who know most about the system (go figure).

In some companies, the culture was retention based and employees found a value in growing with the company. While that isn't common any more, you do occaisionally run into it. What sets these companies apart though is that they are also encouraging the growth of their employees. I think that is key to developing a cohesive IT staff is part retention and part training.

Oh- and bad people are everywhere. The NT certs person is an example of what not to allow.

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