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By MillMan (Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 09:29:23 AM EST) (all tags)
job interview -


down in Jersey. If I get it (I'm putting my odds at 4/10) I'd probably live on the Jersey side of the Hudson and do the reverse commute as I do now. Bullet points:

  • I got in very late on Friday, and while I had directions to get down there, I would have been screwed without Hertz's GPS system that they now put into all cars. It's pretty cool. Works well in most situations other than navigating complex freeway systems, for example where I took a bunch of wrong turns trying to get to Hoboken and ended up in this jebus forsaken wasteland a few times before getting there.

  • The interview seemed to go ok, but for the second time in a row (same thing happened last summer at an interview), the dumbfuck interviewers just asked me about stuff on my resume rather than grilling me technically. How the fuck do you know if I can do the job if you don't know my technical competency level? Why aren't you giving me scenarios and asking me how to handle them? Fucking idiots.

  • As far as the job itself - I'd get a good 25-30% raise and it would extract me from a lot of the typical issues I have to deal with at my current job that drive me insane (you know, the issues I am responsible for but neither created nor am in a position to fix). It's also digital telecom stuff which is what I was interested in coming out of school. Much has changed since then but it's still more interesting than what I do now. The tech is certainly cool - they are using TSMC processes down to 90nm on 300mm wafers, which is pretty close to cutting edge. Also 18 vacation days versus 10 (plus the official holidays like Thanksgiving). No contest.

  • It's pretty easy to take the PATH train to NYC from Jersey City or Hoboken. I'd either live in the trendy looking Hoboken or in a concrete arcology in Jersey City. Either way would be fine. Both cities looked nicer than I expected. Like most Americans I had assumed New Jersey is New York's toilet and expected it to look like it. Certainly some of it does, though.

  • The PATH train goes right into the WTC concrete crater, which was unexpected and a bit shocking. I knew the WTC was the destination, I just didn't realize it uh, went right into the hole. It looks like they're going to start on the new towers soon but of course I have no idea for sure.

  • In unshocking news I'm pretty indifferent to the whole thing. I was in a fog all weekend. I really want winter to be over.
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Re's: by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 09:59:03 AM EST
From the satellite photo it looks like you got lost in Kearny, not a fun place.  If you crossed a bunch of steel decked drawbridges over a body of 'water' that you'd need a dozen shots to get within ten feet of, that's Kearny.

Hoboken is definitely nice.  I went to college there (Stevens Tech, on the cliff between 5th and 9th).  I lived in an apartment at 8th and Washington for a bit afterwards too.  I don't know about present rents, but they were high when I was there.  1200 will get a studio, 1800-2K for a 1BR.  They'll all be nice, some will have elevators/doormen and they'll all be within walking distance of the PATH/Light Rail/Ferry.

Hoboken does have a large yuppie culture though.  Everyone there drives a black BMW/Audi/MB, makes 6-figures, and couldn't give a rat's ass about anyone but themselves.  Being full of yuppies has some upshots though: great restaurants and a well-funded police force that keeps crime down.

If you want anymore info on Hoboken, let me know.


Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
Info by joh3n (4.00 / 5) #2 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 10:15:17 AM EST
Why is Ken a hobo?  Did Barbie run all the finances, and when she booted him to go do the pool boy, leave him with naught?  Please clarify this.

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Hobo Ken by miker2 (4.00 / 4) #4 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 10:38:57 AM EST
He spent all his money on transgendered Brazillian prostitutes, buying him the kink Barbie would never give, leaving him homeless, destitute and blowing strangers for crack.

Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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wow by joh3n (4.00 / 3) #5 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 10:52:54 AM EST
He's just one Humm H3 shy of Puff Daddy then.

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sounds like downtown Boston then by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #6 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 11:36:38 AM EST
in terms of demographics.

Yeah, it was Kearny, around the Pulaski skybridge.

The rents are ok, although I would go for roommates again. It looks like Jersey city has easier access to I-78, do you agree? Trying to get to the entrance around the Holland tunnel yesterday was not fun.

I never really considered face-to-face contact a possible thing. -CRwM

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Calla sez... by ammoniacal (4.00 / 2) #7 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 12:47:22 PM EST
"All the Hawt Chixxxors are in Hoboken, and that's all you need to know."

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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there are hawt by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #10 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 02:06:50 PM EST
women everywhere.

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I DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR BALLS! ->clock
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Yes there are... by miker2 (4.00 / 2) #12 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 03:07:34 PM EST
but you'd better bring your Equifax report in order to get a phone number out of them.

Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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I have a fantastic credit rating by MillMan (4.00 / 2) #13 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 04:36:35 PM EST
I am totally set.

I never really considered face-to-face contact a possible thing. -CRwM

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wait by MillMan (4.00 / 3) #14 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 07:04:44 PM EST
I have to figure out how to ask for phone numbers too.

I never really considered face-to-face contact a possible thing. -CRwM

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Just ask what they earn. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #16 Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 03:28:26 AM EST
That'll be the same as their salary.

On an unrelated note, is it next week you're in London? Should we be organising MillMan LHuSi beers or something?

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March 18-25 by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #18 Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 05:54:32 PM EST
husibeers!

I never really considered face-to-face contact a possible thing. -CRwM

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Pulaski Skyway by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #8 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 12:48:59 PM EST
I used to travel that bridge a lot.  Since there aren't any shoulders on that bridge, the speeders like it, but one little accident can snarl traffic for hours.

Finding a decently adjusted roomate in Hoboken shouldn't be too hard.  Bonus if you find a newly hired analyst, since they tend to work 16+ hours/day.

JC has slightly better access to 78, though getting there from Hoboken isn't too hard, just have to make sure you're out before 0730, otherwise the outbound traffic is heavy.

I know they've been doing a lot of gentrificationdevelopment in the JC waterfront areas (Exchange Place, Pavonia) so living there could be a good alternative to Hoboken.

Also, don't take the NJTPK to 78, it's out of the way and expensive, instead take 1&9 South (Pulaski) to 78.


Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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Jersey city development by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #20 Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 06:11:31 PM EST
that is what I referred to as "arcologies." Pretty much self contained buildings without any street life surrounding them.

I never really considered face-to-face contact a possible thing. -CRwM

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I know you're indifferent... by Metatone (4.00 / 3) #3 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 10:33:52 AM EST
but good luck anyway.

We're expecting 40's by the end of the week by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #9 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 01:48:59 PM EST
I have to hustle and get my bike road ready, riding season is nigh!


Dude by cam (4.00 / 1) #11 Sun Mar 05, 2006 at 02:20:18 PM EST
Lets do lunch. Jersey remains America's aenima entry point - but I would rather live in NJ than NY.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

Interview by jimgon (4.00 / 1) #15 Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 03:23:17 AM EST
You probably interviewed wit HR.  They don't have a clue about the jobs their filling.  Not only that, but they aren't technical, so they can't even ask you general questions.  You get interviewed by them first, then they do a credit check on you, then if you pass muster you get to interview with the manager, or one of his underlings.  Probably the manager, then he'll trot in one of this technicians to actually ask you technical questions. 

That's how we do it anyway.




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Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."

no by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #19 Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 06:09:44 PM EST
HR gave the usual spiel on benefits, she didn't interview me at all other than to ask how much money I was looking for (incidentally she was hot as hell too). It was the engineers who should have grilled me technically. The managers did a good job of trying to figure out my work habits and how I operate as they should. I met with 8 people total.

I never really considered face-to-face contact a possible thing. -CRwM

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HR by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #22 Tue Mar 07, 2006 at 03:18:43 AM EST
HR only hires hotties these days.  You might refuse the job if you deal with ugly people.

<<knocks on wood>>Sounds like they already made a choice.




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Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."

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good luck (nt) by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #17 Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 03:36:48 AM EST


Train by duxup (2.00 / 0) #21 Tue Mar 07, 2006 at 12:43:00 AM EST
I wish I could take a train to work.   Well I would if I didn't live a 15 min drive away, but if I had another job, I'd like to take a train.
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