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Is competitive coding looked down on?

Undisclosed aybkdp d
Dec 3

for more senior sde or management positions? i feel like it is something they only care about for interns and new grads and seniors that put it on the resume r looked down on

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  • Amazon jefe_bezos
    It’s never going to be looked down upon. At most, you can argue it’s irrelevant.
    Dec 32
    • Microsoft Akd71.36
      I look down on people who aren’t recent college grads and still participate in these activities. Like, why is their life so empty that this is still how they fill their time?
      Dec 3
    • Cisco BnDK48
      People have hobbies
      Dec 3
  • Microsoft Harmar
    If you enjoy it, cool. It's not going to impress me as an interviewer, but I won't hold it against you, either.

    I say this as someone who enjoys (and does well at) competitive programming. It's not a great indicator of engineering aptitude, any more than being awesome at Scrabble makes you a good novelist.
    Dec 30
  • Facebook Orwell2019
    I think it's quite relevant irrespective of the level. People who never put in the work required for it often like to discredit it.
    It's a very strong indicator of a person's ability to deal with complexity.
    Dec 40
  • Airbnb jim.hodlen
    why would it be looked down upon?
    Dec 32
    • Microsoft Akd71.36
      Because candidates should have more going for them than countless hours on toy problems that don’t reflect real engineering or real world interactions
      Dec 3
    • Airbnb jim.hodlen
      it reflects well in certain domains. real engineering takes many forms
      Dec 3
  • Fitbit LeftOf
    It’s a hobby, nobody will care.
    Dec 30
  • Google ToGY40
    It’s not looked down upon but work experience is far more valuable on a resume at any level.
    Dec 30

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