Holidays

Company holiday traditions?

New / EngNooglerJoy
Nov 17, 2018

I’m new to the tech industry. What holiday traditions do your companies have?

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  • McAfee JohnMcPee
    On call.
    Nov 17, 20186
    • Indeed / Other
      TC1Billi

      IndeedOther

      PRE
      Lyft
      TC1Billimore
      😂😂😂😂
      Nov 19, 2018
    • JCPenney Pano
      Try Peak (year) War Room + oncall.
      Nov 19, 2018
    • GoDaddy Y2K23
      But still kinda tipsy
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Microsoft BiggieMac
      @pano JCP is going out of business why would there be a war anything?
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Microsoft Widhzyav
      😂😂😂😂😂😂
      Nov 19, 2018
    • JCPenney Pano
      I don't work there anymore a huge part because they demonstrated no willingness in other divisions to be successful. But 3 years of Peak, I figured I was valid in bringing it up.
      Nov 19, 2018
  • LinkedIn / Eng
    Gill Bates

    LinkedInEng

    BIO
    [Insert epic sax here]
    Gill Batesmore
    Company shutdown for a week, followed by tons of people updating their LinkedIn profile on January first.
    Nov 17, 201810
    • Google wRMg83
      The Christmas and 4th of July shutdowns were the best perk at LinkedIn. I wish every company had this.
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Collective Health / EngMyquestion
      Company shutdown for a week sounds amazing. I don’t get the part about updating their profile on January first though. Promotions, layoffs, new job?
      Nov 19, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

      LinkedInEng

      BIO
      [Insert epic sax here]
      Gill Batesmore
      People do New year's resolutions where they update their LinkedIn profile and look for a new job, build their online identity, or whatever. There's a traffic spike at the beginning of the year, so the on call for that week can be annoying coming out of the holidays.
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Microsoft Blkman
      Good to know that your oncall is just annoying 😀
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Capital One cofisblind
      Gill Bates it read as if employees were updating their profiles on the first, that’s why myquestion was confused. LinkedIn users in general makes sense
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Collective Health / EngMyquestion
      I thought he was talking about employees updating their profiles too.

      Thanks for the info
      Nov 20, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

      LinkedInEng

      BIO
      [Insert epic sax here]
      Gill Batesmore
      Ah yeah, I can see how it could be interpreted that way.
      Nov 20, 2018
    • LeanTaaS ♥️ data
      Wrong. In LinkedIn, few people wait till mid of Feb (RSU) and few till mid of March (Bonus).. then update their profiles.
      Nov 20, 2018
    • Facebook / EngMarkMyWord
      Read the thread, Gill Bates is not referring to LinkedIn employees updating their profiles
      Nov 20, 2018
    • Dell Sfoi33
      Dell does 1 week shutdown during Xmas week but takes away your floating holidays
      Nov 20, 2018
  • Salesforce Popsiclz
    Annual sexual harassment policy reminders.
    Nov 19, 20183
  • Amazon / Eng
    HodlHodl

    AmazonEng

    BIO
    Lol
    HodlHodlmore
    Code freeze and chill
    Nov 19, 20181
  • Oracle AllTheSins
    Layoffs
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Amazon jajaa
    Amazon checking in. Getting paged!
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Bain & Company zCBU56
    We burn old office chairs
    Nov 17, 20184
  • Intuit FI/RE🚂
    Reorgs.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Uber nQuq60
    Request time off but end up working anyway.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Blizzard others
    Pray to the TC gods
    Nov 19, 20186
    • Indeed / Other
      TC1Billi

      IndeedOther

      PRE
      Lyft
      TC1Billimore
      Didn’t u guys just your bonuses slashed/taken away or is that brevik lies
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Blizzard others
      We did but it’s shit any ways so who cares
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Indeed / Other
      TC1Billi

      IndeedOther

      PRE
      Lyft
      TC1Billimore
      Fuck activision
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Blizzard others
      I agree
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Spotify WizzAir
      Diablo for PC!
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Blizzard others
      Fight me IRL bro
      Nov 20, 2018
  • Amazon IdiotSDE
    You get piped
    Nov 19, 20182
    • Google / Eng
      Shaktiman’

      GoogleEng

      PRE
      Amazon
      Shaktiman’more
      That’s not holiday special though 😉
      Nov 20, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

      LinkedInEng

      BIO
      [Insert epic sax here]
      Gill Batesmore
      Holiday special PIP is the best!
      Nov 22, 2018
  • New / Otherstrannik
    At the company holiday party, drink heavily and then sing “let it snow” on the karaoke machine with the following words:

    Oh, the network outside is frightful,
    But on the lan, it's so delightful,
    Our packets have nowhere to go,
    Net is slow, net is slow, net is slow.

    It doesn't show signs of stopping,
    All our packets, our hosts are dropping;
    Bandwidth is turned way down low,
    Net is slow, net is slow, net is slow.

    When we finally connect to a site,
    It's time to go take the train home;
    But if I could stay here all night,
    I could submit that Web form.

    The network is slowly dying,
    And, I fear, we're still denying,
    But as long as NT is the way to go,
    Net is slow, net is slow, net is slow.
    Nov 19, 20183
    • New / EngufJz68
      Cisco?
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Cisco Jive_turke
      Nah net is fast as F here!
      Nov 19, 2018
    • Cisco / OtherOld1
      Arista?
      Nov 22, 2018
  • GE / Design
    cfQx34

    GEDesign

    BIO
    Upcoming full-time UX Professional
    cfQx34more
    Work from home.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Target BalRog
    We celebrate the 12 days of Yuletide fairly traditionally. We decorate the tannenbaum, burn the fragrant Yule log, feast on roast boar and great birds (usually turkey these days, replacing the more traditional goose, which in turn, replaced the even more traditional falcon, with good reason, have you ever tasted falcon? Yuk!)

    In this holiday, both Aesir and Vanir are celebrated, mostly Odin, Thor, and the twin God and Goddess, Freyr and Freyja (hence the boar and falcon). Songs are sung from the Poetic Edda, and tales told from the Prose Edda.

    Elders taunt and tease the youngsters with magic tricks to honor Loki. Lovers greet each other under the mistletoe, in memory of poor gentle Baldur.

    Y'know, just the usual stuff.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Microsoft / Other
    Scads

    MicrosoftOther

    PRE
    Uber, Netflix, Amazon, Google, Facebook
    Scadsmore
    Harass coworkers
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Lyft GjhU56
    Schedule 1-3 drugs in the bathroom of the venue with your superiors
    Nov 19, 20181
    • Google / EngFluttershy
      No schedule 4? Modafinil is all the rage you know.
      Nov 19, 2018
  • Take the month off
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Facebook xGF
    Performance review cycle at Facebook during holidays. Worst thing ever. People spend all of July 4th and Christmas writing peer reviews and self review
    Nov 19, 20181
    • Target BalRog
      Ouch! Target's fiscal year starts in February. BEST. IDEA. EVAR!
      Nov 19, 2018
  • Google / Eng
    Ex-Amazon

    GoogleEng

    PRE
    Amazon
    Ex-Amazonmore
    War rooms for the ecommerce folks.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Google / Eng
    bullwinkle

    GoogleEng

    BIO
    L5 SWE
    bullwinklemore
    Production freeze.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Capital One / Eng
    fxfO48

    Capital OneEng

    PRE
    nThrive
    fxfO48more
    Cap1 gives away the holiday budget and we dont get to take any additional PTO without managers making you feel guilty
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Proofpoint / Engfoodtruckj
    Company wide team area decoration competition.
    Nov 17, 20180
  • Google UbTC04
    At Google my group has a fairly lame party at work because we don't want to show off with lavish parties when there is such a wealth divide. Apparently Google used to give away phones and stuff at Christmas, but now it's a voucher to donate to charity.
    Nov 21, 20183
    • Facebook lulz1
      😮
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Facebook lulz1
      Pretend-poor is an even bigger hypocrisy
      Nov 21, 2018
    • New / EngufJz68
      Plz, have you ever been to a hedge funds holiday party?
      Nov 25, 2018
  • Microsoft / Other
    Scads

    MicrosoftOther

    PRE
    Uber, Netflix, Amazon, Google, Facebook
    Scadsmore
    Suck each other’s dick
    Nov 19, 20182
    • Microsoft BiggieMac
      You are banned from the break room
      Nov 19, 2018
    • You must work in the Castro office
      Nov 19, 2018
  • Riot Games GLHF00
    We are renting the Wizarding World at Universal, people with families will go to Knott’s Merry Farm and 2 weeks off over Christmas and New Years.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Amazon / EngmrAmaze
    In the name of frugality, Amazon gives us 1 day off (Christmas day), and then tells us to get back to work. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a post holiday party in Jan (although I’ve heard rumors it’s cancelled this year), where they feed us free corn dogs and other shitty carnival food lol
    Nov 20, 20180
  • Intel Dhjct
    Spending 6 hours/day in the office, this time to avoid our families instead of our bosses.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Nvidia Amit K
    We do over time. Enjoy eating frozen pizza outside the lab for Christmas dinner.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • SpaceX / EngSlaveX
    None anymore, unless you consider layoffs.
    Nov 21, 20182
    • Amazon jwareso
      It's x-mass Russian roulette!
      Nov 24, 2018
    • SpaceX / EngSlaveX
      It's like musical chairs, you know your out when an intern is sitting in your seat.
      Nov 27, 2018
  • Facebook / EngMarkMyWord
    Code freeze and writing perf review for self and peers
    Nov 20, 20180
  • Facebook odicoder
    we break old printers with baseball bats on Thanksgiving
    Nov 20, 20180
  • Microsoft BlueScreen
    Sacrifice an intern
    Nov 22, 20180
  • Cisco zOEa61
    IT Ops here. We have our yearly ritual where we sacrifice a intern to the server gods and pray that Prod does not go down.
    Nov 20, 20180
  • IBM / EngLikesSpam
    Sacrifice a virgin. So pretty much all jr. eng.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Microsoft holaaa
    No shutdown, only Christmas eve, Christmas and new years off.
    Rest work work work and work
    Nov 20, 20187
    • Facebook lulz1
      I thought Microsoft was low on work and good at country club?
      Nov 20, 2018
    • Microsoft holaaa
      Absolutely not for our team at least.... It sucks in our team with tremendous work load
      Nov 20, 2018
    • Facebook lulz1
      Then transfer. Duh!
      Nov 20, 2018
    • Tango Health / EngWaterColor
      Which team?
      Nov 20, 2018
    • Microsoft holaaa
      Hardware, silicon, surface all teams work throughout
      Nov 20, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

      LinkedInEng

      BIO
      [Insert epic sax here]
      Gill Batesmore
      Ouch, sorry to hear that. If it's any consolation, the Surface hardware is pretty kick ass. 🙂👍
      Nov 21, 2018
    • Cisco Avr1UsK
      There's no work at M$
      Nov 22, 2018
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    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

      LinkedInEng

      BIO
      [Insert epic sax here]
      Gill Batesmore
      Three weeks? 😮
      Nov 20, 2018
    • Logitech / Design
      bligoporka

      LogitechDesign

      PRE
      Google
      bligoporkamore
      Yeah, it's a bit annoying if you don't want it off. 2 weeks are forced, comes out of our PTO, last week is optional, also comes out of our PTO.
      Nov 20, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      Gill Bates

      LinkedInEng

      BIO
      [Insert epic sax here]
      Gill Batesmore
      Wow, how many weeks of PTO do you get per year?
      Nov 20, 2018
    • Logitech / Design
      bligoporka

      LogitechDesign

      PRE
      Google
      bligoporkamore
      Idk the exact but it's gotta be close to 100hrs/yr.
      Nov 20, 2018
    • IBM fTaY55
      100 hours is only 2 1/2 weeks. What if you take that time off before year end what happens with the forced time off?
      Nov 20, 2018
  • New / EngufJz68
    We go to a restaurant with a huge buffet with an open bar, flowed by VIP service at a nightclub (bottles included but no models).
    Nov 19, 20181
    • Amazon awssdm
      Are you hiring??
      Nov 20, 2018
  • SpaceX / EngSlaveX
    Belt tightening speach (in relation to money including salary) by management saying it will get better in 2 years but never does.
    Nov 28, 20180
  • Microsoft IEjP42
    We used to have great holiday parties at Microsoft. Now it’s, at most, a BYO potluck in the office. Terrible.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Google / MgmtArizmendi
    I eat some Korova and snort some nitrous. That helps me get through the day.
    Nov 22, 20182
    • Google / Eng
      Ex-Amazon

      GoogleEng

      PRE
      Amazon
      Ex-Amazonmore
      Wtf is korova
      Nov 22, 2018
    • Google / MgmtLovedoo
      Only the best edibles. One cookie is like horse tranquilizer. You trip for a day.
      Nov 23, 2018
  • Blizzard
    Brisket76

    Blizzard

    PRE
    Google
    Brisket76more
    On call
    Nov 20, 20182
    • GE Corum
      As you should be! Keeping Overwatch up over the holidays is something you don't want to fuck around with.
      Nov 20, 2018
    • Blizzard others
      Loot boxes bitc h
      Nov 20, 2018
  • Dexcom xXhT11
    At Dexcom Halloween is huge. Whole company goes all out. It's amazing.
    Nov 19, 20181
    • Cisco / OtherOld1
      Appropriate given that Halloween builds the customer base of diabetics.
      Nov 22, 2018
  • Allytics / Mktg
    MsMjolnir

    AllyticsMktg

    PRE
    Microsoft
    MsMjolnirmore
    Marketing doesn't stop, so my office will be stuffed with lots of bitter people who wasted their PTO on kids' appointments (myself included)
    Nov 19, 20181
  • Cisco Avr1UsK
    No work. Like the rest of the year.
    Nov 22, 20180
  • Cisco / OtherOld1
    Layoffs. (Making sure Oracle doesn’t get all the credit)
    Nov 22, 20180
  • Epic / Eng
    Guardian

    EpicEng

    PRE
    Intel
    Guardianmore
    We get a Christmas greeting card with a new $100 note in it. It's fun to wait for that card each year..
    Nov 20, 20180
  • Microsoft thong4gurl
    Interns.
    Nov 19, 20180
  • Microsoft Partrophy
    None anymore
    Nov 19, 20180
  • New / Other
    Call Me.

    NewOther

    BIO
    Turned my beeper on.
    Call Me.more
    Company parties.
    Nov 17, 20180
  • ServiceNow lilcheeto2
    There is no such thing a holiday tradition anymore. Everything in the US is now “Winter Wonderland”. With so many cultures / religious and lack of tolerance there is only one tradition. The PC approach
    Dec 1, 20184
    • Uber Rocco69
      Not everywhere is San Francisco
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Facebook SherylS
      California exodus is real. CA economy will collapse soon with the burden of SJWs and that'll be a moment of reckoning.
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Uber Rocco69
      Yeah I think tech will be cut in half. But that correction is long overdue. Honestly most of the sjws here are not even California natives. Lot of Canadians and people from Colorado, etc
      Dec 1, 2018
    • Facebook SherylS
      Amazon is already moving out. Others will follow soon!
      Dec 1, 2018

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