Yes. Google went batshit crazy so I quit a few months ago and have been unemployed since. I was there for 5 years and invested what I didn’t need. Spent maybe 20-25k per year? Maybe 30k? I feel like I could live off what I have until I die unless the global economy explodes or something.
I’m 29, no family, no debt, no property, no health issues. People judge me for being unemployed but all my friends are mired in debt and shit jobs. Meanwhile 90% of people at Google will never quit working until retirement. Their magic net worth number just inflates like the debt ceiling.
No regrets. Y’all some kinda indentured servants—this little piggy done bought his freedom and ain’t lookin back. I’ll do whatever I want for a while before I move onto whatever I feel like pursuing, which may be “nothing”. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Oh I also stopped paying for health insurance because COBRA or whatever cost like $11,000/yr or something moronic and there was literally no way to figure out what I was actually paying for. Not going to work just for the “privilege” of having this covered when I never go to doctors anyway. The concerned ‘rents tried to sign me up for the cheapest Obamacare package but the website didn’t work 😂🤣🙃. If I get hit by a bus or catch the aids maybe I’ll lose all my savings. But they won’t find my crypto. And also, idgaf.
Imho: good, fulfilling job > debt-free unemployment > all other employment
Yes I’m US. Not sure net worth, would have to log into all my accounts and I’m watching TV. I had the standard L3->L5 TC for a google SWE. Didn’t auto-sell, invested savings in mutual funds. Market has nearly doubled since I began. Maxed 401k always and got in early on some crypto stuff. Maybe approaching $1M but it’s not relevant to my daily life. If I ever want a house I’ll get a fixed rate 30yr mortgage since the inflation-adjusted interest rates are hilarious.
EDIT: Yes would like a family later but after a couple years on the apps I’ve decided to stop looking actively. Might go back to school for something and try to meet someone there, but damn, it’s bleak out there, kids. Also I’m gay.
It’s nothing you haven’t seen I’m sure, but when I joined google the culture was much more open and imo honest. Engineers on several occasions pushed back against bad product decisions from management (think Blogger adult content or real names). I felt like management in general cared about us lowly employees, and that the company fwiw did strive to not be evil. Now people say this is naive, but all that shit is what made google what it is. Now it’s another disingenuous short term profit-seeking corporate fiefdom. Products are shittier, potential for oppression is high, perks are worse. What was the benefit?
Internal debates rarely spread beyond the Eng-misc forum, leaks were uncommon, and all political perspectives were openly discussing everything. My team was very diverse and everyone respected each other because the hiring bar was the same (though actually there was even debate about some relatively minor policies like women getting a 2nd look before rejection). Now everyone sits in silence, every day there’s some bullshit outrage, SJW orthodoxy dominates everything. People are fired for jokes, microaggressions, and wrongthink, adults are treated like babies, and people don’t let loose at all. Count my drinks at the holiday party?
Also, I was working on lots of projects with really well intentioned and competent developers in S and SE Asia. The cost cutting really fucked over a lot of NBU projects, but not in a sensible, efficiency-minded way, just because some dickwad exec decided that was the thing to do, and that’s final. We’re censoring everything and everyone is busy talking about fucking pronouns. YouTube said to stop hiring White and Asian men. We block people from their accounts with no recourse. We silence alternative media.
And everyone is so afraid to say anything I have to come to blind to give my honest opinion.
“Seems like Troll. Making fun of others.” The primate who posted this would fit in well at today’s Google Inc., an Alphabet Subsidiary (TM)*.