10x engineer - a myth?

Amazon MSaM52
Jul 9 38 Comments

Has anyone ever met a real 10x engineer? Are they a myth? I think I’ve finally found one.

My team recently hired a new principal engineer and I was asked to help them as their onboarding buddy. I didn’t know what I (a SDE3 with 6 YOE) could help this new PE with, but I figured I could at the very least help him find wikis.

The first thing that shocked me was that this new PE was only 27 years old. I’ll admit I felt a bit annoyed and kind of jealous - here I am close to 33 years old and only SDE3! As we got to talking it became apparent to me that this guy was next level - he clearly knew how to think big and was asking questions about our service that had me stumped. I didn’t hear from him for a few days, and figured he was reading through the onboarding wikis.

Later that week he submitted his first CR and, I’ll be honest, I was shocked. He skipped the onboarding assignments and instead started to pick up issues that were in our sprint. The CR he submitted was for an issue I had been working on for the past 3 weeks - we had a nasty race condition that was causing fatals to be thrown almost every other request. What had taken me over 3 weeks of investigation took him a mere two days, and his solution involved a major refactoring of our entire SQS processing package. Our L7 PM was so happy it looked like he could cry - we were finally green for prime day.

I’m stil shocked. I finally mustered up the courage to ask him to lunch this Monday to learn more about his past work experience, and he explained to me that he didn’t have a degree and has been programming since he was 12, and had just finished a 12 month internship as bag boy at Albertsons. As I looked into his eyes I saw years of engineering experience and wisdom... it was as if I was staring into Pandora’s box.

Has anyone else experienced this? I’m still annoyed he took my task but I can’t complain because he saved our asses.

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TOP 38 Comments
  • Apple datascie
    Quality shitpost
    Jul 9 0
  • Reddit Ppajq7
    Good god, what a twist. I don't even know if you wanted an answer, but great take on the meme.
    Jul 9 0
  • Symantec GoRams
    He joined Albertsons as a boy. Left Albertsons a man.
    Jul 9 1
    • Walmart.com QTFP86
      Had he tried Walmart, he would have came out as a grandpa!
      Jul 10
  • Google FfEA67
    This is the kind of shitposting we need more of
    Jul 9 0
  • Lol got me. See folks, if you're gonna troll this is how you do it.
    Jul 9 0
  • New / Eng MwSA45
    Albertsons gave it away :) You couldn’t resist? :)
    Jul 9 0
  • Facebook XiWP69
    Please don’t make this Blind’s version of a Loch Ness monster.
    Jul 9 0
  • Apple Hansel2
    You should post this to reddit - you’ll get reddit gold for sure.
    If you code as well as you troll, you are a 10x engineer already
    Jul 9 0
  • Credit Karma / Strategy
    SrfrBoi69

    Credit Karma Strategy

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    Thank you so much for this.
    Jul 9 0
  • Microsoft sillyboi
    I don't know about 10x engineer but today for sure I know there can be a 10x troll. I've a tear of happiness in my eyes. Give this man a badge already!
    Jul 9 1
  • New / Mgmt
    Microsoft.

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    You know it's interesting to see people who try to be funny in their comments while in fact they're just leaving an irrelevant, ridiculous and useless comment.

    Shouldn't feel good when you find yourself to be one of them.
    Jul 10 2
    • Walmart.com QTFP86
      You are making fool out of yourself, OP’s post was fictional with Albertsons stuffed in narratives. People are responding with similar funny content, what is it that etching you so much? Oops you did not get the joke... 👎
      Jul 10
    • Airbnb 💯💯!
      You mad, bro?
      6d
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    • Amazon •OP
      ikr, until you you see from Albertsons ↘️ 2️⃣ Amazon. Albertsons wouldn't downgrade like that, even for Principal Engineer.
      Jul 9
  • I'm not going to read the whole thing. Responding to the title, no they are not a myth. They exist and they are among us.
    Jul 9 1
    • Capital One 94xz
      You should read the post. It’s pretty funny.
      Jul 9
  • You don’t hire Albertsons alumni. They choose to join you.
    Jul 9 0
  • New / Mgmt
    Microsoft.

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    What's 10x ?
    Jul 10 2
    • Walmart.com QTFP86
      It is a Albertsons unit of level conversion. Any 10 levels upgrade in title in world is equivalent to 1x level upgrade in Albertsons. Albertsons takes promotion process very seriously. I am not joking, go figure!
      Jul 10
    • Rumor has it that Edward Dijkstra applied to Software Engineer II, but the hiring committee was at a standstill. He then developed a graph search algorithm, which HC deemed “brute force”.
      Jul 13
  • Google / Data noobler
    Cool story bro. Needs more dragons and shit
    Jul 9 0
  • Walmart.com QTFP86
    Had you not stuffed Albertsons in your story, it could have looked real 🙂, nice story though 👌
    Jul 9 0
  • Red Hat / Eng johnniewic
    I’m damn sure that Albertsons bloke would’ve killed him self by now.
    Jul 9 0
  • New / IT xizX84j
    Dude it's a trap! He's a spy from Albertsons and now you have a nasty unknown feature that will crash at the prime of prime day! Time to short A!!!
    Jul 9 0
  • Crew aXFh35
    Hmm are we suppose to believe this story? 🧐
    Jul 9 1
    • Palo Alto Networks Clowns
      Fake news
      Jul 10