Outrageous lie on linkedin

Reddit fmIM88
May 18 49 Comments

Came across the linkedin profile of someone I used to work with in my previous company a few years ago. Couldn't believe how she lied about her role and used it to land bigger job with other companies. I am not talking about common resume or LinkedIn embellishments like describing themselves as "senior", "lead" etc.

This person claimed that she led product and drove strategy for a major product org in one of FAANG while she was a low level customer support. Can't believe she got pass reference check and no one has busted her out so far.

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TOP 49 Comments
  • Comcast dwight_
    Saltiness level 100%
    May 18 1
    • Amazon ufod
      + bunch of chilly on A**
      May 19
  • Oracle alwzangry
    You think people at the top all got there on merit? They get the jobs, and they stay, and even thrive. Two jobs later, no one cares that they lied. - sadly. Live and let live. Do your thing and don't let jealousy ruin your life.
    May 18 1
    • New / Eng Bsky
      Well said. Live and let live as long as she is not creating trouble for op
      May 18
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    Name and shame.
    May 18 5
    • Reddit fmIM88
      OP
      She is your colleague now
      May 18
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      DM me her name.
      May 18
    • Glassdoor pabjg
      Don't expose her, it's none of your business
      May 19
    • Google Cawk Block
      Not a good idea to name and shame. Karma catches up with everyone. You can only lie for so long. If she wants the pain of living a lie, let her fake it till she breaks it
      May 19
    • Microsoft Zzzzzzzzy
      There is no point in name and shame. That is how hiring works today. Only the loudest mouth gets hired..
      May 19
  • New bmmC14
    References are bullshit. You can ask your friend to give them over the phone.
    May 18 2
    • Nvidia samelove
      References given in writing over LinkedIn are valuable though
      May 18
    • Microsoft ◉_
      What ? Valuable? I have seen my Indian contractors get glowing references for doing copy paste coding - as if they were Bjarne Stroustrup!
      May 19
  • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
    If she can succeed in her current role, it's proof that product management at big tech companies is 100% politics, schmoozing and watching other people work.
    May 18 0
  • Uber bobaboi
    Product is all about talking and that’s why she could fake it
    May 18 0
  • LinkedIn / Eng Daeh40
    If this is true then there’s no way she’ll be able to perform in this new bigger job she’s now in. There’s only so far faking can take you.
    May 18 2
    • New bmmC14
      Fake it until you make it.
      May 18
    • Reddit fmIM88
      OP
      I have no idea how successful she is and how much I should trust her more recent self described "accomplishment". But in Product, I can see that someone can get by faking
      May 18
  • Amazon / Eng
    quaterni0n

    Amazon Eng

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    quaterni0nmore
    My previous manager did the same thing. He was an SDM at Amazon. After leaving Amazon, he updated his LinkedIn profile and wrote that he used to be a CTO at Amazon.
    May 18 7
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      Job title can be searched on LinkedIn, so that could be found out if someone looked and there was a concurrent other CTO. Unlikely for someone to find out if there's one CTO per Amazon org, for sure
      May 19
    • Amazon fml225
      There's only one CTO at Amazon and that too for AWS. Otherwise, there are no titles per se as CTO at Amazon. That on itself is a clear lie
      May 19
    • Amazon / Eng
      quaterni0n

      Amazon Eng

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      quaterni0nmore
      There is one CTO in my org (not AWS), and I know AWS has one as well.
      May 19
    • Amazon Northman
      But the orgs that have a legit CTO at Amazon all have an L10 distinguished engineer/VP in that role. Maybe a Sr. Principal Engineer (L8). Not an L6 SDM.
      May 19
    • Amazon / Eng
      quaterni0n

      Amazon Eng

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      quaterni0nmore
      @Northman, I agree
      May 19
  • Apple / Eng kGUv48
    Who cares? Let her live her life and you live yours. Maybe she needed to make outrageous lies in order to get a better job offer. If she isn’t pulling her weight at her new job then that company will either train her or fire her or whatever. Unless hundreds of people are going to die directly due to her lack of qualifications, I wouldn’t worry about it
    May 19 2
    • Amazon PotatoSale
      It's called professional integrity. Obviously you have none. Everyone who does have some cares.
      May 19
    • Apple / Eng kGUv48
      There’s nothing wrong with lying to get a better role or salary. It’s the companies fault for not fact checking
      May 19
  • New Screwy
    Few YEARS ago ? I know of a simple developer who sold his company for 15 million $ 2 years later. If she somehow managed it and is at FB now, there is some credit due to her too. People change , few years is a long time
    May 19 5
    • Oracle alwzangry
      Maybe they were a wrong for in the older job because of lousy managers who couldn't empower them. This happens too. What's one gonna do? Stay on a leash to be principled and truthful, or get something that you deserve by hook or crook? Not a trivial choice.
      May 19
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      Successfully selling a company that one built is not a lie by any stretch of the imagination. This is a totally irrelevant comparison to the situation OP described.
      May 19
    • New Screwy
      Successfully selling a company in << 2 years => A lot can change in a “few” years. 100% relevant to OP situation
      May 19
    • Bloomberg / Eng iVX372
      Obviously a lot can change in a few years, but that sill has nothing to do with lying. It can explain why this person may now have the competence for their role, but it's not a relevant comparison because the person you described never lied about his/her career qualifications.
      May 19
    • New Screwy
      I said - “there is some credit due to her too”. I did not ignore all her faults. Of course lying is horrible.
      The OP is salty because the lady is working in FB now. Just the fact the she lied cannot account for that
      May 19
  • Amazon ChivalryAF
    I need to learn how to do this; can anyone figure out what she may have done?
    May 19 0
  • Adobe cmRX07
    Let the hate flow through you
    May 18 0
  • Facebook ImranKhan
    That's ok. It is basically almost the whole of higher management that got there. She will be with her own kind as a director/VP.
    May 19 0
  • Seagate toti420
    BS can you you to the top, but won’t keep you there.
    May 18 1
    • Oracle alwzangry
      Yes it can, and it does. Don't slow down, waiting for their failure which may never come.
      May 19
  • Honeywell wellHoney
    Part of the checks for hiring usually includes employment verification, which is mostly title. If she lied about title, she can be found out easily. If she claimed same title but duties are way embellished then I say more power to her. She’s playing a risky game that can blow up in her face when you lie, especially with people like you OP running around knowing her true background, which if you ever work in the same org as her could expose her if asked. But otherwise, she’s climbing up this career ladder unethically but regardless making progress. Not everyone has the same morals.
    May 19 0
  • Google Cawk Block
    Diversity hire, once you hire, you can get sued for firing. It’s easy to get lost in a large company
    May 19 0
  • Headspace sScq20
    How did she even passed the interview for her current job??
    May 18 2
    • Apple warmwelcum
      Leetcode doesn’t know your past, practice for a year and you ll know
      May 18
    • Headspace sScq20
      You can practice coding questions for sure. But I’d expect for a lead position questions would be more complex.
      May 19
  • 90% chance her coworkers will find out she has nowhere near the capabilities or skill to have been the org leader or whatever.

    Her inexperience will eventually shine through. The only question is, what will the company do about it? Hopefully her manager isn’t gullible and easy to manipulate.
    May 19 1
    • Oracle alwzangry
      ... You may discover that her manager may have lied to get in too, and now they start banding together to promote each other and their team to make their little own walled territory.
      May 19
  • Microsoft tfsUEwWt
    LinkedIn is full of lies.
    May 19 0
  • Nvidia samelove
    Don't worry, interviews will reveal all truths ... LC has God level access to our minds... bowels.
    May 18 0

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