Regarding 'Blind' toxicity & interview culture of this industry

Apple teavana
Apr 30 42 Comments

Can we stop pretending here?

Having been on this platform the past few months, it amazes me that some of the extremely bigoted comments here exist and still float around and go unflagged. We see things that range from blatant xenophobic, sociopolitical sentiments across age, sex, gender, religion, to some of the most inane comments that you would think only a 13 year old could ever be capable of posting on the other side of that screen.

Yeah, I get it. This place [BLIND] is exactly meant for that. But we are seeing the same type of comments coming from folks at highly sought-after, respectable companies in SV, e.g, FAANG. Is this what this industry is really all about? We're talking about script kiddies, keyboard warriors, e-thugs...these people could easily be your hiring manager or teammate in your interview panel at your next onsite interview. And you wouldn't know any better.

You think that your performance on a Leetcode-eque interview panel is everything. Fuck that! Having seen some of the shit going on here, I'm starting to think that it's just a BS way to CYA because we don't want to hire YET ANOTHER [INSERT MINORITY GROUP HERE] that doesn't fit the mold of our highly fraternized industry. Let's stop pretending we're objective people here and we care about "how you think". Unless you're specialized, I beg to differ.

My 2c.

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TOP 42 Comments
  • Honeywell / Eng that1guy
    “These people could easily be your hiring manager or teammate” - they can be and they are. We have everyone from college students to directors, VP’s, etc here. The culture can be a bit driven by TC but isn’t the world anyways?

    If your panties are in a bunch, then get off the app. Most of the things everyone says here is tongue in cheek humor. I’ve seen many a post where someone has discussed burning out, or even suicidal thoughts and the community comes together and reaches out literal hands of help.

    For you to get all pissy over things you read on the internet, especially an anonymous board like this, is a bit of an overreaction and you need to grow thicker skin, let things roll off your back.
    Apr 30 12
    • Apple teavana
      OP
      We really need to start hiring smart guys like my dude Uber over here. Spoken with such eloquence 👌 reading comprehension 100%, analytical reasoning and articulation over 9000% My official, unofficial spokesperson!
      Apr 30
    • Honeywell / Eng that1guy
      I’ll leave the room now so you two can be alone
      Apr 30
    • Thank you my bro, I was at Apple for a while, lot of legit dudes over there 👍 ❤️ 💕 💗
      Apr 30
    • Thank you @Honeywell we’d like some privacy please
      Apr 30
    • United Wholesale Mortgage / Eng
      zpyM13

      United Wholesale Mortgage Eng

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      General Motors, United Wholesale Mortgage
      zpyM13more
      This thread was gross. Let’s pretend it didn’t happen.
      Apr 30
  • Oracle not_larry
    TC?
    Apr 30 2
  • 3 types of haters here:

    - MAGA
    - Far right-wing BJP/RSS folks (Hindu nationalists)
    - Incels

    Given all the racism and sexism scandals in recent tech company histories...not surprised 🤷‍♂️
    Apr 30 6
    • Like TrumpWins below?

      “Aren’t you the bigot for assuming these comments are coming from white men? Your post implies that.”

      ❄️
      Apr 30
    • Microsoft
      bigdtc

      Microsoft

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      Cubic
      bigdtcmore
      Yes, there all kinds of special SJW snowflakes across the political spectrum.
      Apr 30
    • Veritas czral
      MAGA is a hate group?! I know... That silly group just wanting the Constitution to be followed and allow everyone to be free while following laws. Full of hate... 🙄 Just so you know, this is being said by a minority.
      Apr 30
    • Wut ? H1B haters didn’t make list ?
      Apr 30
    • Right because being a “minority” and then justifying hate against minorities...totally makes it OK.

      It’s like that Mexican woman at that Trump rally who said, “I’m Mexican and my culture is very imposing and dominating, you need to stand up to it if you want yours to survive”

      😂
      Apr 30
  • New
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    New

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    👤more
    No surprise. These are the same people on the interview panels and hiring committees.
    Apr 30 2
  • Microsoft abby601
    Yes ..you are right.. in the name of anonymity a lot of people here show their true self. They may be masters of their skill but the way they write here shows a totally different character .. i think before any leetcoder we must try to be a good human being .. i understand some comments might be friendly jokes but there definitely are some which require flagged as hate speech / bullying etc..
    Apr 30 0
  • Microsoft TrumpWins
    Aren’t you the bigot for assuming these comments are coming from white men? Your post implies that.
    Apr 30 6
    • Microsoft TrumpWins
      Try reading the paragraph saying leetcode interviews are a bigoted front to block minorities from getting into the industry.
      Apr 30
    • White people are actual minorities in many tech companies.

      Asians and whites are not considered racial minorities, from an HR perspective.
      Apr 30
    • Apple teavana
      OP
      FWIW I am a caucasian male born in the US with full citizenship. Perhaps that was poor wording, I meant it as any “outsider” group
      Apr 30
    • Microsoft TrumpWins
      Yet I’m a POC and never once needed D&I or empowerment from a company. I‘ve been empowered since birth.
      Apr 30
    • TrumpWins, POC means African-American 🤷‍♂️

      That’s like a brown-ass person like myself pretending I’m a minority calling myself a POC 🤦‍♂️
      Apr 30
  • Cimpress / Eng GBmf58
    Blind reminded me that it's never safe for me to present myself as anything other than a straight white male during interviews. Which I guess is valuable information, but very depressing. Gotta go get a straight-er haircut before my interviews next month.
    Apr 30 0
  • New VreM84
    Wtf is he mumbling about? Op, are you transginger or something?
    Apr 30 0
  • New / Eng
    edgvr

    New Eng

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    500 Startups
    BIO
    Fullstack Software Engineer. All things JavaScript.
    edgvrmore
    Well, every industry is like this. Our society is like this. It's not just tech or the blind community. By the way, I find blind extremely useful. Opened my eyes to a lot of things.
    Apr 30 0
  • ServiceNow zboot_hi
    damn right these people could be your hiring manager or teammate. if you think it’s bad on blind you should hear what we say about you when you fail to whiteboard a lc easy
    Apr 30 0
  • Imagine posting sexist/racist comments on an """anonymous""" board and not worrying about getting dox'd. That's the real problem, lol
    Apr 30 0
  • Amgen / Finance
    Mrmephisto

    Amgen Finance

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    The Walt Disney Company
    Mrmephistomore
    What gets me is that toxicity is okay but say one negative thing against anti-vaxers and it’s insta-ban due to said group flagging the post. Maybe we all need to more diligent in flagging the truly toxic commentary?
    Apr 30 0
  • Ofc this place can be toxic. It’s not good but it’s not surprising. Even assholes can be intelligent 🤷‍♂️
    Apr 30 0