Should one use the company laptop for personal use like Leetcode, Netflix, emails, etc.

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Aug 30 21 Comments

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  • Uber glendale
    depends. early in company stage where IT department has not bugged your laptop and you’re working 12/7 - yes. once IT starts installing ‘backup’ , ‘security’ and similar software - nope
    Aug 30 0
  • Juniper / Eng sixpack
    Every company will have limited personal use policy. If you are not abusing company laptop and not watching porn or downloading pirated torrents, nobody cares.
    Aug 30 5
    • Microsoft bumptc
      Porn is not illegal right? I don’t think anyone cares about that.
      Aug 30
    • Juniper / Eng sixpack
      Porn is not illegal. But, if you read policy carefully, they will have fine print somewhere.
      Aug 30
    • Microsoft bumptc
      I don’t think any company will fire anyone because they watched porn on it, as long as it’s not in office
      Aug 30
    • SAP
      Man

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      Manmore
      I've seen it used as an excuse to fire a couple people at big name companies to avoid the PIP process and politics.

      You can be sure your company has a log of every website you've been on using your company computer. Whether or not they care is another story.
      Aug 30
    • New Ab44
      that's what incognito windows are for
      Sep 1
  • Intel / Admin kanseeu
    Only between 8-5
    Aug 30 1
  • Microsoft ughhhhhhh_
    There’s an important legal aspect to consider. Anything you do on your work laptop becomes your company’s property.

    So, if you are writing a personal project, you lose the IP. If you are doing for example photo editing, your company becomes the owner of those photos. Same for what you write, etc.

    Now, I think it’s totally fine to do personal things like watching Netflix, reading news... as long as you’re not doing illegal stuff. But keep in mind you can’t build anything personal with that laptop or you’ll lose the IP.
    Aug 30 2
    • Amazon downtownn
      By virtue of being employed anything you make on your personal computers during non-work hours is your company property if it is related in anyway shape or form to what you do at work. Read your employment contracts 9 out of 10 companies have it written that way and won’t change it unless you ask them to change it.
      Aug 30
    • Microsoft ughhhhhhh_
      Not at Microsoft. If you do work outside of work hours, on personal machines, without using work’s knowledge, it’s yours.
      Aug 30
  • Microsoft / Eng
    TsnS37

    Microsoft Eng

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    T-Mobile
    TsnS37more
    It seems like the majority of people are commenting on if you can instead of if you should.
    Aug 30 0
  • Apple
    Leetcoder2

    Apple

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    Amazon
    Leetcoder2more
    Ask your manager. I use it for personal use, but avoid the obvious like porn and illegal activity. Reddit, YouTube, and Netflix is free game
    Aug 30 0
  • Boeing RFP
    "Yeah, you could do it... but that don't mean it's to be done! Shit, you can drive a car with your FEET if you want to! That don't make it a good fucking idea!"
    -Chris Rock (Bigger and Blacker)
    Sep 5 0
  • Manulife Financial white girl
    no they have full visibility on everything that happens. especially if you're on VPN/corpoate network
    Sep 4 0
  • New
    BigRon

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    Microsoft, Google
    BigRonmore
    Only on company time
    Aug 30 0
  • eBay uhgWpls
    Never
    Aug 30 0
  • Apple
    TWB-tWBu16

    Apple

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    I’m a software engineer. Right now my job is focused on full stack web dev but I love everything related to tech
    TWB-tWBu16more
    Most people won’t care as long as you’re not putting tons of wear and tear on the laptop since it’s company property
    Aug 30 0
  • New BIvv71
    Startup working remote on a fresh laptop only I've had my hands on. No way they would know what I'm doing.
    Aug 30 0
  • Illumio BroCodeGuy
    I always have lol
    Aug 30 0

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