Google, Apple ditching college degree requirements

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May 20 17 Comments

*How will this affect software engineering tech salaries?*

Hi Blind Community,

CNBC reported "More than a dozen companies, including Google, Apple and IBM, are no longer requiring applicants to have college degrees" (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/16/15-companies-that-no-longer-require-employees-to-have-a-college-degree.html?__source=facebook%7Cmain)

How will this affect software engineering tech salaries?

I have friends doing business/MBB consulting jobs that are thinking of switching into software engineering thru bootcamps and Master's degrees. But would this increased supply reduce tech compensation?

Appreciate any thoughts you have.
TC = below poverty line cause I'm not a software engineer and work in consulting.

Google, Apple ditching college degree requirements

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  • Facebook lolwutm8
    It won't affect salaries. Most of these companies never really required degrees in the first place. The requirements on job postings is really a wish list you don't need to check off all of them.
    May 20 0
  • Google
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    As long as you graduated from the school of leetcode, you are ok.
    May 20 3
    • Uber / Eng mH7bSe
      I bet most of the bootcampers would be using python, and python only.
      May 20
    • Google
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      Python? Probably node.js :p
      May 20
    • AnchorFree / Eng 🍪 cookie
      what's wrong with Python? :(
      May 27
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    • Uber / Eng mH7bSe
      Recruiters already do that so interviewers don't need to.
      May 20
    • AnchorFree / Eng 🍪 cookie
      one of my friends interviewed to Facebook, and got an offer. They didn't asked him for a degree throughout all the way. Seems like it's not very important (he's 6yoe). Maybe they ask from juniors, it makes sense to ask on first 1-2 yeo only. Another friend works in Dell (abroad) he's principal engineer, coded filesystems and stuff (fluidfs for example), has no degree, and never was asked for a degree throughout his career lol.
      May 27
    • AnchorFree / Eng 🍪 cookie
      but for juniors it's a great boost of confidence for recruiter to know if it's worth to prioritize one candidate over another. I would prioritize the degree holder, if all other skills were detected as equal, because degree holder is a proven workaholic :) and he has broad fundamentals plus theory knowledge that the other guy might not have, so he will understand things deeper and it help at times to do the right/optimal decisions.
      May 27
  • Comcast dwight_
    Tech was already more open to hs/college dropouts than any other industry. This doesn’t affect entry level salaries. I say this to any kid who will listen - the degree WILL raise the ceiling and the max earning potential as you near career endgame
    May 20 2
    • Comcast dwight_
      Show me a large company head of marketing without a solid MBA, or a VP of research without a phD, and I’ll show you a bona fide genius. Climbing levels gets exponentially harder as it is, and lack of relevant degree will be the handicap that will limit most dropouts’ career growth
      May 20
    • Comcast dwight_
      Many of those VPs are old people. When they went to school, CS wasn’t so hot. 20 years from now if you don’t have some CS training, you might as well be considered illiterate
      May 20
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    • Uber / Eng mH7bSe
      But obviously this new step is not for experienced guys.
      May 20
    • Facebook ahwbaus
      So why does google ask for college transcript then and SATs if they don’t matter? They shouldn’t matter for those with 2 YOE+
      May 20
  • Drift UOSN85
    LJL @ thinking they’re ditching degree requirements for jobs that matter. This is to give some flexibility to juice “diversity” numbers.
    May 20 0
  • Oracle Binte Dil
    Gee ... for parents like me who sent their kids to elite schools, this obviously doesn't bode well. But as someone commented, your leadership ability, communication skills, decision making ability etc. doesn't come thru LC. It takes a good US undergrad education.
    May 20 0
  • Uber / Eng mH7bSe
    I think they are only ditching the requirement for certain races or woman.
    As we often say lack of women or black engineers in company is a direct result of lack of them in CS major of colleges because they are less interested in this major.
    These liberal companies just found a "quick fix".
    May 20 0
  • New Jewdude
    Will make people with degrees more valuable. If they actually come from a college of substance
    May 20 0