Is software engineering losing its prestige?

Microsoft 1619376169
Nov 17, 2018 29 Comments

Nerds were hip for a minute and software engineering was THE job. Now what?

People are realizing the value of soft skills and a breadth of abilities. Being “on the spectrum” isn’t charming. People don’t think much of anything, other than you’re a dweeb, when you tell them you’re a software engineer. Computer Science Ph.d’s spend their days working on some ad sales widget at Google. And the rest of the world moves forward, unimpressed.

So what will be THE job to have now? Software engineering has lost its shine. And yes, I know everyone on Blond will be outraged since it’s mostly SWEs here (I’m one too).

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  • Facebook bbnj
    When a slightly above average person like me can make 800k/yr working less than 60 hours a week, I really don't give a shit whether someone thinks I have a prestigious job.

    I think your premise that software engineering was ever considered prestigious is flawed... Other geeks might be impressed, but everyone else thinks we are entitled fuckwits.
    Nov 17, 2018 5
    • Facebook / Eng
      Easy Going

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      Easy Goingmore
      What level are you that you make 800k/year? Congrats!
      Nov 17, 2018
    • Facebook YuNyanukg
      Probably a lucky E6 or an average E7 (compensation wise). Either way - impressive.
      Nov 17, 2018
    • New To-500
      Oh bro I make 820k/yr with slightly less than 50 hours a week. Need to catch up with your lies.
      Nov 17, 2018
    • Facebook YuNyanukg
      Don't be salty, To-500. That number is actually within reach to engineers at certain level.
      Nov 17, 2018
    • Facebook bbnj
      To-500, jokes on you... I underreported by a shitload... Both hours and tc...
      Nov 17, 2018
  • Apple bqdp
    Lol, software engineering never had any prestige. 😂

    We’ve always been seen as just nerdy dudes who can help you fix your computer.
    Nov 17, 2018 0
  • Facebook pipirupiru
    Software engineering at FANG is a Tier A job, not bad at all. Tier S jobs in my eyes are: astronauts, surgeons, Olympic athletes
    Nov 17, 2018 9
    • New To-500
      @jeeeeves And half a million a year in cash
      Nov 17, 2018
    • Morgan Stanley ninja007
      Really? A code monkey (even at FANG) compares with surgeons and astronauts?

      P.S: don’t shit on banks - I agree they’re worse.
      Nov 17, 2018
    • Twitter Wax paper
      @to500 Yeah and SWEs can also make half a mil a year
      Nov 17, 2018
    • LinkedIn jB3Y0
      Not in cash
      Nov 17, 2018
    • Twitter Wax paper
      Cash is taxed at a higher rate anyway, not good
      Nov 17, 2018
  • LinkedIn / Eng
    Gill Bates

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    [Insert epic sax here]
    Gill Batesmore
    The job to have has always depended on whom you want to impress.

    Want to impress other guys? Navy seal, fighter pilot, or racecar driver.

    Want to impress chicks? Marine biologist or firefighter.

    Want to impress random people in the tech industry? Math.random() × 600000 + 500000 and post that as your TC on Blind while saying you're level 9000 at Microsoft.
    Nov 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng DirtyShoes
    It never had prestige, you code monkey
    Nov 17, 2018 0
  • Juniper 2CH41NZ
    drug dealer > sw engr
    Nov 17, 2018 0
  • Google dajiji
    Research scientist is hip
    Nov 17, 2018 0
  • Airbnb Xrlpwj
    Where you work matters more than your profession. Microsoft SWE was prestigious. SWE at Google is still prestigious. A rando SWE - probably not.

    Also, you need soft skills to succeed in your career as a SWE. They become more and more important further up the ladder you go. A lot of senior engineers actually don’t code at all.
    Nov 17, 2018 1
    • Twitter Wax paper
      They won’t pass the senior interview at fb/google then. They would end up being stuck at current company.
      Nov 17, 2018
  • Amazon 123raj
    It had prestige?
    Nov 17, 2018 0
  • SPS Commerce Vpny51
    Prestige?! People in Blind are really blind!
    Do you think because you have a high TC , anyone would give a damn about you?!

    How's your social life? When the last time you get laid? If you have a gf or bf , how he/she looks like?

    At the end of the day, it's about the confidence, the look and your lifestyle.

    Keep dreaming boy!
    Nov 17, 2018 1
    • Oracle BjGO24
      Sadly, must agree. If you want prestige, probably want to look for fame of some kind.
      Nov 17, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng
    LiftMore

    Microsoft Eng

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    Christian. Love Microsoft. High aspirations, low expectations.
    LiftMoremore
    Perception of prestige isn't important. What's important is the market value for swes which is absolutely increasing and very good
    Nov 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Eng IAmJob
    Nothing has replaced it as of yet. Still the hip job if you ask me
    Nov 17, 2018 0
  • Vertivco / Eng
    FastPapuan

    Vertivco Eng

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    TC or GTFO
    Nov 17, 2018 0