IT people express their cultural differences in part by complaining about other groups. The following examples of IT complaints are taken from Jeffrey Stanton’s research paper, Conflict and Cooperation: Occupational Subculture of IT Employees.
– “Managers think they know how to get things done, and they think they can estimate how long it will take, but really they have no idea.”
– “I have always said that I would have a great job if it wasn’t for the users.”
– “There is a huge sort of — pardon the term — ‘Amish’ kind of sensitivity to technology here. They are afraid of it. They don’t trust it. They don’t embrace it for what it can deliver.”
– “When you are making a transition from a legacy system to a new system, you are going to get a lot of resistance from people who have built their careers on knowing everything about the old system. That’s their power in the organization.”