Software Engineers are FREE All The Time?

by Noc Team on June 9, 2010

Written By Sara Waqar Khan

It is actually amazing to see how people working on the computers are completely idle most of the time. Yes, I am talking about you. And your spare time is the main reason why you are staring at the screen right now and reading this article.

This goes around in almost all the IT companies or companies where there are computers. You will often find people walking around with huge coffee or tea mugs in their hands. That is the reason why we observe them playing table tennis or basket ball in their offices backyards, and winning bets while eating samosaz and rooh afzah in order to beat the scorching weather.

Most of them belong to the IT world and have a large sum of spare time. Is this is a statement?

But seriously, think about it. How come do they have spare time?

Just imagine a web developer sitting on his chair eating and feasting away. If you remember, once we covered a post on how and why Software Engineers have large tummies. Today we will obviously not present the same idea but a little different from that.

While I have been working in an IT company I often looked around in my room thinking, why do these people continue staring deeply into their monitors? The question kept coming to my mind over and over again. Then I performed a small analysis of why these people seem to have so much of spare time. And here goes the result.

Below are the excuses which I found.

1. System administrator- its rebooting

Ah! these are the most wanted people who are always in demand. No matter what the situation is, almost every other person is running after them for help. Because they are there to maintain your computer or your network. Installing, supporting, maintaining, leave it all up to them because it is there job and they are excellent at their work.

Well this is what we think, right?

I just said people are running after them. Do you know why? Because they are always roaming around in the corridors, with their share of tea. And if you go and ask them for the tasks which you just assigned them, their excuse would be ITS REBOOTING.

The next one is even more interesting…

2. IT Consultant- It’s Your Problem Now

By definition, an individual brought into a project to provide expert advice in a particular field is an IT Consultant. A Software consultant is a technical expert (such as a computer programmer) who helps develop new systems for a corporate client.

Stop write there, who helps develop new systems for a corporate client. He might always appear extremely relaxed and carefree. And if you ask them the reason, the answer will be That is when he will say ITS YOUR PROBLEM COMPLETELY, deal with it now.

3. Programmer- ITS COMPILING

There are two types of programmers. Those who are highly paid the corporate programmers and those who work very hard. Those who work extremely hard have glasses fixed to their eyes which in turn are glued to the screens of their computers. Well none of them fits the above description provided by the heading.

So let’s start again. There are three types of programmers. Two have already been mentioned above, you can easily scan through them and then there is this third kind. This third kind is neither highly paid nor glued to the computer screen but rather sitting idle almost all the time. Yes it is definitely a programmer and his excuse is ITS COMPILING.

The next is the cool type,

4. The Cool Hacker- It’s Scripted

These are the most interesting people of their kind. Just imagine yourself how cool will it sound if you could say HEY I AM A HACKER. Yes you are right, you will be in demand. Your peers and even elders will be after you in order to learn HOW TO HACK. How to penetrate into enemy’s social profile and create a mess.

But if you honestly would go up to them and ask them for a tutorial they will obviously shoo you away. But if you will start observing them carefully and ask them why they are always sitting free and doing absolutely nothing. His excuse will always be, it’s SCRIPTED.

5. 3D Artist- my excuse ITS RENDERING.

These are the artists at work; fortunately I have had a chance of working with them as well. As a copywriter it took me a few seconds to complete one copy and a few minutes to complete short scripts. Then these scripts were sent for further evaluation then changes were made. Then a story was compiled and in the end after approval from the director it was sent to the 3D artist so that he can create a masterpiece out of it. I had ideas compiled one over the other, thus always busy.

But if you wanted to know what exactly was the 3D artist up to then you only saw one thing. And that was him sitting in his chair with his foot lying on the table one leg on top of the other and when he was asked for results, the only thing he said was ITS RENDERING.

6. The Web Developer- It’s Uploading

Trust me this ones the most important one and the laziest out of all and his excuse will always be its uploading.

If I am wrong in any of my claims above then you have to move forward and point a finger at me. because you might be one of them I am referring to. AND guess what you never knew what people think about you at your back. I finally brought it in front of you CONGRATULATIONS-

My Excuse- The Truth IS Out There.

Note: These results have not been plagiarized from any other website or book. But if you find them anywhere else the responsibility of plagiarism lies completely on your shoulders. Why? Well I honestly don’t have an answer to my vague statement.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Hameed June 9, 2010 at 2:32 AM


Faisal June 9, 2010 at 3:11 AM

HILARIOUS-this is soooo true

Amna June 9, 2010 at 3:22 AM

Quite of the observations are true ;)….BINGO

Nouman June 9, 2010 at 4:49 AM

It’s really cool…

Danish June 9, 2010 at 5:19 AM

Nice!! it would be more interesting if it includes some management personal. for example Project Manager!!

Warfi June 9, 2010 at 5:20 AM

As far as professional ethics are concerned, items pointed out exists partially. There does exist high value of professionalism as well.

Idle time needs to be re-defined as IT and CS professionals are not workers of manufacturing industry whose seemingly idle time effects badly on business. Their idle time is required as they are brain workers and they do need the idle time.


Shehbaz Bashir June 9, 2010 at 6:40 AM

You forget to mention another type. They are not software engineers but are present in software houses. Their sole purpose is to act that they are working and yet they observe the whole office who is doing what and at that time start to think that they will write an article about it. They get so excited that they leave the office at exact 5:50 pm and goes home. Open their notebook, chuckles at the sentences they are writing and finally post that article.
The next day all only the software engineers are reading their article… :D so no harm done !!!

Sara Waqar Khan June 9, 2010 at 6:55 AM

@ Shehbaz you are so very right. I should have added this type as well :o). I wonder how it slipped, oh you guessed it right, it mus be due to the excitement at the new idea.

one correction, you might often find them in office at 9:00 pm as well, so there is no time restriction

ZeGe June 10, 2010 at 2:34 AM

@Sara: Add them under the heading of a Sniffer :P and their presence at 09:00 PM supports their work.

KiNGPiN June 14, 2010 at 1:13 AM

well, doesnt it happen in every industry ?? O.o

Employees always try to “look busy do nothing”

but LOL, nice observation :)

Uneeb June 14, 2010 at 6:16 AM

What about QA people? you spared them on purpose ey? :p

ahsan June 17, 2010 at 6:10 AM

Totally rubbish article. i think she never saw IT people working. she should visit some true company.

Asif June 17, 2010 at 7:24 AM

KingPin > Employees always try to “look busy do nothing”

You are right Buddy,

well I think playing basketball or table tennis is batter then “look busy do nothing” .

Imran June 17, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Hahaha….. very good its true.

khalid July 7, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Have you ever write a single line of code??????????????????
Its not possible to write code from 9 to 6. Google is one of the leading software corporation and there seniors claim that programmer can code only for 2 hours. And it took approximately 20 to 25 min to concentrate to start coding and some body disturb you only for 10 seconds then it mean you lost your concentration and you need again 15 to 20 minutes to think where you were and now what to do.

Salman Baig July 29, 2010 at 2:11 AM

Well from fun point its good but from reality point view author only seems to be a great fan of Dan Brown.

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