SQL Server Performance

Data Architect Position Open

Discussion in 'SQL Server-Related Job Postings' started by ChrisFretwell, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. ChrisFretwell New Member

    We are looking for a Data Architect. You can find the position details at the link below<br /><br /<a target="_blank" href=http://www.recruitingsite.com/csbsites/teligencecareers/JobDescription.asp?JobNumber=91297>http://www.recruitingsite.com/csbsites/teligencecareers/JobDescription.asp?JobNumber=91297</a><br /><br />Telegince Communications is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (just north of Seattle) We have 'sites' all over North America, but all employees work out of Vancouver. <br /><br />The official word is:<br />"Teligence Communications' business is the development and application of interactive voice technology that enables customers across North America to converse confidentially.<br /><br />We are a premier provider of telephony and web-based voice services, telecommunications networks, software development, call center, and direct response advertising services. <br /><br />Established in 1990, we are one of the largest privately held communications and technology companies in British Columbia.<br /><br />Teligence Communications is a high performance organization. We have grown exclusively through internal funding, are debt free and profitable."<br /><br />There are about 400 employees, of which about 100 are technology. The Business Intelligence group includes the manager (a data architect himself), 3 dbas and 3 report writers (sql code) and a vacant architect position. Its a microsoft environment. Most of our servers are sql2000, but because of some application restrictions, we still have a couple of sql 7 servers left around. <br /><br />I've been here for just over a year myself and consider it the best job I've ever had.<br /><br />I can answer some questions, but if you're interested, the best thing to do is apply.[<img src='/community/emoticons/emotion-1.gif' alt=':)' />]
  2. curiousgeorge New Member

    Hi Chris,

    I'm actually looking at a different position within Teligence and was wondering if I could ask a few questions...

    What's the company culture like in the Vancouver office?
    What is the normal attire around Teligence?
    Do you guys get quarterly or annual bonuses?
    What is the office environment like? (i.e. cubicles, actual offices, open space concept..)
    What is the average age of an employee at Teligence?
    What are the work hours like for those in IT?
    Is Teligence looking to go public (IPO)?
    What makes Teligence the best employer you've had?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

  3. ChrisFretwell New Member

    Hmmm. Let me see if I can answer.

    The culture appears to be relaxed. When there are immediate deadlines, you work hard to meet them.

    In technology, the dress is fairly casual (jeans are okay). Those positions that deal with the 'business' or the public (in person) require a bit more care, but are still casual. Some people dress in business wear daily.

    There are no bonuses in place right now. They are going to be reviewing the overall compensation packages this year, so that could change. But in all honesty, I found the base salaries here to be quite good without bonus. My base salary here is more than my base plus the highest bonus possible at my last job. So it worked out quite well. While there are no cash bonuses, there are reward programs. Along with the usual length of service awards, there are others like the associates choice awards which are voted on by each employee. I've also gotten free company merchandise when a project went overly well.

    Its rare to have to work evenings or weekends (except during orientation - which includes a stint in the call center). Since evenings and weekends are our peak times, most releases and downtime occurs during the day (can be early morning like 6-7am) and only happen 1-2 per month on average. Its a 40 hour work week. Overtime can happen, but its quite rare. But we are goal oriented, so if for some reason, something takes you longer than expected or there is a production issue, you may need to work a couple extra hours to get through it in time.

    Its a combination of cubicals and offices. I thought I'd have a hard time adjusting to cubicals after having 6 years with my own office, but its been good. When I need to focus totally, I can slip on headphones and music. But I dont find it overly loud or distracting.

    Its a privately owned company and I dont see it changing. There is a means in place where employees can buy into the company at a base level. I dont remember the details, but they would tell you when you applied.

    Its the best place I've worked for all the reasons listed above. Its also within walking distance to home (which I love). I find that people respect each other. Its easy to meet and get to know people, not just in my area, but in the company as a whole. My boss is wonderful, and that helps. I also really like the VP of technology.

    I dont know what else to say, but I would recommend the company. The other post univeristy jobs I've had are fed govt (in ottawa, taxation and finance), a private accounting firm, a credit union (in Richmond). I've liked all my jobs, but this is as close as I've ever had to my 'perfect' job.

    If you do end up working here, stop in and say hi.


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