Managers, what do you do with terrible and incompetent interns?

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Holy💩

New R&D

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NVIDIA, Adobe
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Seeking Fall 2019/Winter2020 Internship Referrals.
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Jun 11 41 Comments

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  • Oath Atinlay2
    Unless they break a conduct policy, not much you can do. Most interns are of limited experience by definition, that does not mean they are incompetent
    Jun 11 19
    • LinkedIn boringdude
      Op is talking about incompetence, like a CD major not being able to code something simple!
      most interns lack experience!
      Jun 11
    • New / Eng
      🔥HODL🔥

      New Eng

      PRE
      Sogeti
      BIO
      I'm a generalist soft eng who loves to work on hard tasks and open-source. I have experience in many domains (low-level, web, data science, security, etc.).
      🔥HODL🔥more
      @Oath Where did I claim that they were the same thing? Nowhere. I said 'lack of experience' implies 'incompetence', nothing more.
      Jun 12
    • Oath Atinlay2
      “If they lack experience, then they are incompetent”

      Sound familiar? Don’t take your quite apart and break the context. You said “then they are.....”
      Jun 12
    • New / Eng
      🔥HODL🔥

      New Eng

      PRE
      Sogeti
      BIO
      I'm a generalist soft eng who loves to work on hard tasks and open-source. I have experience in many domains (low-level, web, data science, security, etc.).
      🔥HODL🔥more
      What do you mean? If...Then is a standard construct that means implication, not equivalence.
      Jun 12
    • Oath Atinlay2
      “Implies” and “then they are....” is not the same thing
      Jun 12
    • New / Eng
      🔥HODL🔥

      New Eng

      PRE
      Sogeti
      BIO
      I'm a generalist soft eng who loves to work on hard tasks and open-source. I have experience in many domains (low-level, web, data science, security, etc.).
      🔥HODL🔥more
      If it's not, can you explain the difference?
      Jun 12
    • Oath Atinlay2
      To imply is to suggest, “then they are” is a definitive.
      Jun 12
    • New / Eng
      🔥HODL🔥

      New Eng

      PRE
      Sogeti
      BIO
      I'm a generalist soft eng who loves to work on hard tasks and open-source. I have experience in many domains (low-level, web, data science, security, etc.).
      🔥HODL🔥more
      Math 101, "A => B" is same as "A implies B" is same as "if A then B".

      I'm not interested in discussing further, it's a waste of time.
      Jun 12
    • LinkedIn tar-cfz
      Nerd fight!
      Jun 12
    • Oath Atinlay2
      English is hard for you, stop liking your own posts
      Jun 12
  • Salesforce / Eng
    123kona321

    Salesforce Eng

    PRE
    BAE Systems
    123kona321more
    They’re only there for a few months. Give them easier and easier work until they can handle it.
    Jun 11 4
    • Uber / Eng lpoy
      This
      Jun 11
    • Roku / Eng fraang
      This exactly
      Jun 11
    • Intercontinental Exchange / Other terminus
      Yup. And put them in a box so they can't screw anything up.
      Jun 11
    • ICU Medical / Mktg
      user3.0

      ICU Medical Mktg

      BIO
      Trying my own thing but doing something for someone else. 🤷🏼‍♂️
      user3.0more
      There ya go.
      Jun 11
  • Amazon hot 🍞
    Hey ok so here is the project we need help with. We have a lot of data written on paper in old English format, there are no libraries to read and extract this data. We would need to write a machine learning program to do this one time effort, but it would be less lift if someone just read it and typed it into the computer.

    That's where you come in....
    Jun 11 3
    • New / R&D
      Holy💩

      New R&D

      PRE
      NVIDIA, Adobe
      BIO
      Seeking Fall 2019/Winter2020 Internship Referrals.
      Holy💩more
      OP
      Jun 11
    • New / Eng
      🔥HODL🔥

      New Eng

      PRE
      Sogeti
      BIO
      I'm a generalist soft eng who loves to work on hard tasks and open-source. I have experience in many domains (low-level, web, data science, security, etc.).
      🔥HODL🔥more
      Mechanical turk dream internships? 😁
      Jun 11
    • Roku gdhdhch
      Intern proceeds to write ml code in a week...
      Jun 11
  • New / Eng
    🔥HODL🔥

    New Eng

    PRE
    Sogeti
    BIO
    I'm a generalist soft eng who loves to work on hard tasks and open-source. I have experience in many domains (low-level, web, data science, security, etc.).
    🔥HODL🔥more
    We don't hire them.
    Jun 11 0
  • Salesforce als’alfnrk
    What do you do with terrible and incompetent managers?
    Jun 11 1
    • Chase / Eng
      OFqo26

      Chase Eng

      PRE
      FactSet
      OFqo26more
      This
      Jun 11
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  • LinkedIn boringdude
    Why is this so difficult to decide if intern is inexperienced or incompetent (or both)?

    Intern1: doesn’t understand what causes null pointer exception. Incompetent as this is a basic CS skill any competent CS major would have!

    Intern2: writes most of his code in a single function. Understands NPE but can’t figure out the source in a 10000000 line code base. Inexperienced as he has basic academic skills but not industry skills.

    Almost all interns are inexperienced (unless someone went to grad school after several years on the job), but a few of them are also incompetent.

    Why is this so contentious?!!!
    Jun 12 0
  • Salesforce als’alfnrk
    Managers or the interns?
    Jun 11 0
  • Amazon look4job
    Male or female?
    Jun 11 3
    • New litasf
      does it matter?
      Jun 11
    • Amazon look4job
      Male get him out; female let her stay, caring about women right and getting promoted
      Jun 11
    • LinkedIn boringdude
      Thank you for proving sexism against women in tech is a figment if imagination
      Jun 12
  • LinkedIn
    tendies

    LinkedIn

    BIO
    sex work, quantum computing, and crypto HFT
    tendiesmore
    If you have terrible interns it's your fault for not screening them out in the first place.
    Jun 16 0
  • Facebook dXQm00
    Give them step by step instructions
    Jun 11 0

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