Do software engineers need adult day care?

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Oct 30, 2013 09:22 pm PST

There’s enormous competition for software engineers and many companies offer an ever larger array of work perks convinced that it will help them recruit the best.

Kathleen Pender at reports: Tech, social media employers offer perks aplenty

Foremski’s Take: Are such work perks really necessary? And do they do more harm than good by competing with local businesses?

Google is famous for its work perks such as hiring top chefs to cook gourmet meals for staff and having games rooms, etc.  But when I attended an Inforum panel about “How to attract tomorrow’s talent,” Todd Carlisle, Director of Staffing, shocked fellow panelists from Cisco, Twitter, and Bloomberg, saying that they were not necessary.

He said no job applicants ask about work perks, and no one turns down a job based on what perks are available.