I'm a developer tool and infrastructure engineer on a team that looks like so.
Job level(seniority) in the company in parenthesis
Bob(3)/ Me(1)/ Intern-1(0) Intern-2(0) Alice(2)/ Sam(1)/ John(1)/ James(1)/ Joe(1)/ Intern-3(0) Intern-4(0)
A quick run down of the team.
I report to Bob(not an ex-developer), so does Alice. But Alice, an ex dev, has been around so long and is so well regarded that I might as well report to her. My daily standup is with her and she tracks but does not assign my deliverables.
Bob is extremely reasonable and evaluates everyone fairly.
We were recently assigned some interns and I was in charge of providing technical mentorship and guidance to 2 interns who are interested in working on the dev tools side of things.
I give them a good, but not outrageous, workload. They often come in around 8 and leave around 6 and get through a healthy number of tickets an I have only good things to say about them.
Alice's team, however, are adopting a no pain no gain approach and are really riding their interns hard. I've seen the interns on their teamwork several times into the night
One night I was walking out of a meeting room with Bob after a late night call and he saw the interns on Alice's team working. He stopped to chat with them and get to know them and he jokingly remarked, "Hey! Where are your interns?". The interns and Bob are now on a first name basis and get coffee together and stuff sometimes.
Obviously, he was joking. But I came back home and thought about it and I wondered what would happen if he took that into account when making offers to the interns. Not all the interns can be hired, we don't have the headcount. I don't want the reason the interns I mentored to not be hired to be I did not give them enough work. At the same time, I don't want them to be so overloaded that they spend weekends at the office like Alice's interns.
How do I put across to Bob that my interns do some cool stuff too without
- Directly taking a dig at Alice or her intern management
- Presenting as tooting my own horn too much
Should I just ride them hard too?