Advise needed: new team member plays like he knows everything

Autodesk / Data JsLb88
Jun 11 11 Comments

But he doesn't. He doesn't even ask. Just plays politics from day one without a deep knowledge. What would you do in a situation like this: be a jerk and expose him or play nice?

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  • Intel bulle
    Let him destroy himself. If he's politicing from day one, he's bound to falter. Remember, no one can fool all the people all the time
    Jun 11 2
    • New bricked
      I don’t think it’ll necessarily work. Answered below.
      Jun 11
    • Intel bulle
      I do like and agree with your suggestion below: Set up the conversation in a technical direction to prove how out of depth they are. But I think staying above the fray helps. You could hurt yourself also politicing
      Jun 11
  • New bricked
    It is really a tough spot. I’ve been a manager in the past and my strategy was to absolutely destroy and crush those kind of people. Basically you keep the conversation so technical all the time that they can’t play politics anymore and their lack of substance shows, while the more technical folks shine. It worked quite well and I was known to be a “strictly no bs guy” and as far as I know the team liked me.

    But I was a hardcore technical IC before trying management so I knew how to deal with fakers. most managers would get completely tricked by someone who wings it by playing politics. They might even get promoted to team lead.
    Jun 11 0
  • Oath Atinlay2
    Worry about yourself, it’ll catch up with him
    Jun 11 0
  • Taylor Farms Batistuta
    They sell those stickers saying “Be careful. I know everything!”

    Give him one to put on his desk. In the meantime let him get outed by the system. Nobody likes those anyway
    Jun 11 0
  • Rubrik Tzar66
    Start leetcoding NAO
    Jun 11 0
  • New / IT
    oldhaus

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    nutcramore
    The problem is that he will come and bite you pretty soon. Ideally, this situation wouldn’t exist if there were decent managers. The fact that the person was hired proves otherwise. You have 2 choice here if he tries to get a boost at your expense: play his game by proving him wrong or decide it is not worth your time and leave.
    Jun 11 0
  • Fox News / Eng
    JSinns

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    JSinnsmore
    Some stupid engineer wrote some substandard code and now the "new hire" is supposed to take "ownership"? And then what? All Senior Engineers face this exact same problem. The code we see is obsolete and at least 4 years old. The practices, standards and refactoring everyone seeks is at least 4 years in advance. Politicing is the best survival where Loyalty will not work.
    Jun 11 0

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