I recently joined a terrible (20-30 peoples and profitable) company and I don’t think they match even one of the pointers.
When I joined, I had to wait for like 2-3 weeks for a Windows machine because I am most productive on it. I requested them to allow me to use my own machine for work but NO. I got it after 3 weeks only because I kept pestering them and was not able to work at all.
When they were ordering the laptop, I asked for bigger storage. They asked me the reason why? I said so I can copy all my songs on a new laptop and listen them. “It’s not going to help the company, so NO”.
One month ago, they sent a internal memo to employees to ask them to avoid streaming services because it affects skype calls. Of course they cannot buy a better or one more additional internet connection.
I have single monitor and a laptop with tiny screen. I asked for additional screen. I never got. I work from home sometime. I tried asking for additional power cable so I don’t have to remove the plug and take it with me everytime. No reply. I bought it from my own money then.
They have ergonomic chair but it’s not very comfortable and also missed head rest. After all this, I have not bothered them to ask for another because I know the answer.
I have a habit of taking short 1min break every half to relax my eyes and myself. Most of the time my boss is like “All good? How is work going?”.
I’m also pretty sure I am not a terrible programmer. They sponsored my visa, so I must be good. Also we had annual review in December. They rate my coding skills very high and didn’t had anything bad to say about it. They are very impressed actually. But am I going to get a raise because I exceeded their expectation. Nope. They are also kind of company who like to underpay their workers.
Oh btw I got one negative feedback during annual review. I am too demanding person because I don’t wanted to waste mine and company time and asked for laptop several times.
And remember: you can either change your company, or you can change your company.
My company is not a kind of place where you can demand your rights. I think in my case, I am going to find a new job.