Lots of exciting engineering projects are going on actually!
In education, we build products for teachers, students, and their parents to collaborate better and provide personalized learning in schools, all free of charge. Because we believe our world will be a better place if all students get to realize their full potentials.
In science, we have Human Cell Atlas project that collaborates with labs all over the world to identify every single human cell type and open up the data platform for anyone to use for free. We hope by open sourcing and unlocking this crucial information, we can help accelerate biomedical research in all fields and therefore contribute to preventing, controlling, and curing all diseases by the end of the century.
We also have a free biomedical knowledge discovery tool calls Meta, which uses machine learning to help individual researcher to stay on top of their research game, so the whole world benefits from the accelerated research process.
There are way more projects than I can describe here. But overall, we want to help solve large scale engineering problems in education, science, and other social issues, because CZI, as a nonprofit organization with heavy engineering resources, is in a unique position to address them.
My company is slowly opening up to the idea of work from home. We usually just let our manager know ahead of time and put it on our calendar. I was also able to negotiate remote working time from Asia once a year which is a first so it's pretty cool.
My manager gets anxious when I WFH and he pings me more than when I work from the office and in general is extra agitated about making sure that I’m actually working. At the same time, I can show up to work, watch YouTube vids all day and he wouldn’t say a word.
Autodesk has the best WFH policy I've ever experienced. I personally WFH about 3 days a week, sometimes four or five. We don't have to provide a reason or really even inform anyone as long as we're getting results.
Part of why it's so relaxed is because we're pretty much always on call. I'm happy with the trade-off.
My boyfriend also works for Autodesk and he basically never goes to work lol. I sometimes have to make him go on days when I am WFH. Most mornings, I'll grab his laptop for him before leaving the house.
At Apple, the WFH policy is kinda non-existent however when things are slow, they let you WFH if you have a legit excuse (doctor appointments, deliveries, maintenance, flight to catch etc.)
My team is spread globally so I work from home almost all of the time. It’s so much more productive at home too. I’m not sure how anyone can get work done well in the office, not distract the people immediately surrounding their work areas, or find any anything close to the ergonomic setup I have at home. In the Bay Area, the traffic is so horrendous, working from home gives some of my colleagues three to four extra hours back in the day!!
That's how it should be! Working an office is overrated. It seems to me that often when folks work in an office, 50% is futzing around. WFH requires a certain discipline that not everyone has. I don't understand why it's so frowned upon.
Not about trust. Its about effective collaboration eyeball to eyeball in a room, teleconference room, or video. I don't trust coworkers who feel entitled to WFH with constant disconnection issues and prove worthless with no data for "superior results". Varies by job of course.
Our business unit does not care at all. Home, office, starbucks, as long as you meet deliverables… I remember not going to the office for one month straight. But generally I go to the office at least once or twice a week to see some faces and do some water cooler talk. Working in your PJs lose its appeal after the first week you know :)
I work entirely remote, as do many of the engineers at my company. They fly us in once or twice a year. My schedule is pretty flexible, I leave early a few days a week to beat traffic to the gym then come home and put some more work in. As long as you're available when needed and get your work done you're good. The fact that many of the larger tech companies don't hire remotely has kept me from working there; I'm not looking to uproot my life.
At Google the official statement is to use it as an exception and keep it at twice a month at most. In reality though it is really up to the managers. I let my reports wfh as much as they want as long as they keep a good communication flow, and I also usually wfh around once a week and don't have to provide any excuse. I've heard some other teams are way stricter on that though.
Company policy seems to discourage WFH but most managers seem cool with it. About half of my team works from home or SF on Friday, and nobody questions when you send a WFH message to the team morning-of. If you get a reasonable amount of work done (well), no one even cares how many hours you put in.
My experience - At G, it's between you and your manager but they did want at least some kind of presence in the office. At MSFT, primarily WFH or whenever you want. Felt way more productive at MSFT than at G.
WFH whenever I want. No one bats an eye when you maintain effective communication. Basically no meeting day or days where I need to focus on writing something, documents or code, I just broadcast that I WFH or a coffee shop. I see a lot of people say they just sit at a coffee, no one cares.
Officially once every two weeks on a designated day for the whole team. Unofficially pretty flexible but don't abuse it I guess. I'm always here because of food tho I'm single af and don't cook at home
It depends on the team. My team let’s us WFH whenever we want as long as we’re getting shit done and not abusing it. I usually average about 1 day per week WFH. When I go on a long vacation, I usually add in one or two WFH days so that I can reduce the amount of PTO I need to use (I do actually work on those days though...not lying about it like some people).
We don’t have an official policy, and have plenty of people remote in various parts of the organization. Sometimes I feel like more gets done wfh, especially engineering wise when you have to focus.
Some people abuse it, some people exceed no matter where they are. Personally, if I’m remote I try to reply to every message within 2 minutes if I’m not in a meeting or marked as “away” for deeper thought work to help people feel like I’m available any time they need.
I’ve read a lot of advice about this, and it really comes down to setting expectations and teaching people how to be effective remotely. Being in the office is really just a nice convenience for desk/monitor/ facilities in tech if you’re good at your work strategy.
Business group and manager discretion. But generally ok to telecommute 80% of time. Problem is too many employees treat it like Entitlement. While true individual productivity may be higher at time, team collaboration suffers! Data pretty overwhelming on last statement from HBR. IT teams...I get tired of coworkers whose VPN, Wifi goes down, lose the call...wastes people's time. I think collaboration overrules individual productivity (and saving on your gas bill lol). I do WFH once in a while esp if it's admin stuff like expense reports, report writing...but not for team meetings.
Policy is no work from home, but most teams I was in were okay with it. At this point I have a history where my productivity increases if I WFH so it's less challenged. But, there are many managers that just follow company policy
The one that was not okay with it left the company. The others are now MSDs and director. I'm now a TL myself, I trust people unless they prove me wrong. My MSD is okay with us working from home. Previous one not. It's a hit and miss. Also, if PO goes wining about it, it's over.
Agreed. Mother****ing POs casually work from a Beach office in Spain or Singapore for several weeks but as soon as a dev goes WFH for a day they start wailing to the TL. You seem to be in a nicer track. Enjoy your time there