Single biggest roadblock in career progression

Visa FoffBoy
Mar 11 359 Comments

"multiple" isn't an option because any combination of these things are obviously bad

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  • Microsoft X9pl12
    You forgot one of the biggest reasons of all: having a shitty manager who won’t advocate for you and realizing it too slowly or not at all.
    Mar 1113
    • Amazon eldorodo
      Right, change managers.
      Mar 11
    • LinkedIn
      jEio64

      LinkedIn

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      Broadbean, The Walt Disney Company, Qualcomm
      jEio64more
      Absolutely.
      Mar 11
    • Microsoft shared_ptr
      If only some companies made that process as easy as boiling water.
      Mar 11
    • Amazon / EngDefNotHR
      I'm always confused by people who don't like their manager but refuse to find a new position at their company or a new job all together.
      Mar 11
    • Amazon / DesignGayz0s
      Fuck shit managers. I LOVE my current manager.
      Mar 11
    • Microsoft / Engbrane
      It's easier in Amazon. In Microsoft, the switch is a little difficult in that HR can block it, and there are cases where CVP's have gotten involved. It's not usually a problem, but I'd believe shared_ptr if they had a tough situation switching jobs.
      Mar 11
    • Amazon sinter
      Best path to 100% job security at ms: open an hr investigation against someone. Anyone, really.
      Mar 11
    • Amazon wbb
      How to determine if your manager is good?
      Mar 11
    • Microsoft / Engbrane
      From what I've seen managers are very rarely overwhelmingly bad - I don't know many managers who are hated by all their reports.

      Usually it comes down to how well you fit with your manager. I wish I have more pointers on how to find that fit. Are there any senior engineers or managers who have pointers on this line?
      Mar 11
    • Google ghuz44
      Realizing you are on a team that works well for your career (or otherwise) require social skills. Lack thereof could keep you on the wrong team, or have you leave a potentially relaly fitting one
      Mar 11
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    • Amazon sinter
      Not sure why people focus on ‘networking’ so much. Unless you’re banking on nepotism what’s the point? Focus on people you’ve organically built solid work relationships with, not fanatically collecting contacts.
      Mar 11
    • Facebook
      alt_qq

      Facebook

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      Microsoft
      alt_qqmore
      Interesting that so many say it's social skills and then they turn around and rip on how PMs suck and how they are just failed engineers...
      Mar 11
    • Facebook / Eng
      FastFinger

      FacebookEng

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      FastFingermore
      I think people attribute their failure to poor social skills, but in fact it's because of poor self awareness. Personally speaking, my atrocious social skills haven't really been an impediment.
      Mar 11
    • Microsoft Kdofkral
      Hence PMs
      Mar 11
    • Amazon petaflops
      Many PMs lack relevant substance in the context of interacting with engineer, which is mandatory for being taken seriously :)

      Also, many PMs think that speaking pretentiously and know-it-all manner are good social skills 🥺
      Mar 11
    • Palo Alto Networks LWtE67
      For those claiming that "poor social skills haven't impeded them", how would you know? You have a self-proclaimed lack of social skills...
      Mar 11
    • Citibank wyk81f
      Social skills are both career killer and maker. I suck at it and had to change my career because it wasn't going anywhere nor I was ever considered for promotion ever
      Mar 11
    • New / ITynCN58
      Every single job you ever have in any industry and anywhere in the world will go better with good social skills.
      Mar 11
    • Kaiser Permanente / OpsTztp15
      Truly understanding the value of emotional intelligence will help those seeking to understand more. Self-awareness to self management and social awareness to relationship management. Reference: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry
      Mar 11
    • Facebook / Eng
      FastFinger

      FacebookEng

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      FastFingermore
      "social skills haven't impeded me" -- to clarify, I've been able to achieve my career goals. If my goal was to be an C-level exec, my social skills would have been a huge hurdle. But as a senior engineer, my day to day work isn't affected. In fact, it usually shields me from office politics, as I don't fall in any particular camp.
      Mar 12
  • Nordstrom Nepotism
    Absolutely social skills.

    I have no degree. I am maybe moderately technical but I am able to express myself and the tech concepts I know extremely well.

    This has gotten me jobs at many places over the years, including two FAANG and Microsoft.
    Mar 118
    • Visa FoffBoy
      OP
      are u sure it wasn't ur rich uncle?
      Mar 11
    • Nordstrom Nepotism
      Yep none of my family is in tech, or rich!

      Interview skills can really get you far.
      Mar 11
    • Visa FoffBoy
      OP
      . ➡️
      my joke ➡️↗️🧒↘️➡️
      . (you)
      Mar 11
    • Amazon / Otheramzngap
      RoFL
      Mar 11
    • Amazon petaflops
      Are those two FANGS Netflix and Google?
      Mar 11
    • Intel UGeJ58
      Visa deserves a promotion with that comment
      Mar 11
    • Sony wDAD84
      Is the N in FAANG Nordstrom in your case? I jest
      Mar 11
    • Amazon petaflops
      I’m sorry OP for the joke. You’re awesome for whatever you’re doing without a degree. May be you were not SWE at FANGs, may be you’re taking a long road to reach your dream job.
      No one deserves the right to mock you. ✊
      Mar 11
  • Splunk jimjackho
    Yeaaaaaah... why isn’t a shitty insecure female boss an option
    Mar 115
    • T-Mobile EGPt56
      I've had pleny of shitty insecure male bosses. That one's not exclusive to women. Lol
      Mar 11
    • The Exchange dAVP14
      Insecurity is a gender neutral condition.
      Mar 11
    • Amazon / Mgmthq2yomama
      Indeed both men and women can identify as insecure.
      Mar 11
    • Airbnb / EngIfbEfHnz
      Oooh, a Splunker. How about you spend less time being sexist and - instead - go fix your product?

      1998 wants their UX and poor performance back.
      Mar 11
    • Splunk jimjackho
      Lol. Airbnb for the win. When’s the IPO?
      Mar 11
  • Facebook T-Series
    Being Indian with a Chinese manager
    Mar 116
    • Microsoft MMKy42
      F.
      Mar 11
    • Intel / Mktg
      TinyDiz

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      TinyDizmore
      Ya; sadly I have the same experience. I work for a tiger mom
      Mar 11
    • Amazon / Engnroid
      Or being a non-indian in a team full of indians and indian manager.. heard some stories
      Mar 11
    • Amazon / Eng
      y67bert1pz

      AmazonEng

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      y67bert1pzmore
      Yes. Had an Indian manager that said he was never going to promote me.
      Mar 11
    • Chase onlytjay
      Too many Indians in a team is certainly counter productive for non Indians
      Mar 11
    • Apple industry
      What about American Chinese?
      Mar 11
  • Microsoft piggyshats
    The biggest roadblock is the inability of people to adapt and change themselves

    Need to leetcode to get to FAANG? Do it! Got bad manager? Change teams/jobs. Can’t manage people? Read books, learn this skill.
    Mar 112
    • Microsoft trumtrum86
      Completely agree. "I am who I am" in general is a loser's philosophy.
      Mar 11
    • Absolutely agree. This is the basic skill that’s required. I want something I find a way to get it.
      Mar 11
  • Disney zeOO31
    Backlash for being pregnant is missing.
    Mar 1113
    • Akamai Technologies VmQQ44
      @Knuck you don’t need to be a woman or pregnant to understand having an employee that disappears for 4-6 months whether it’s vacation, sabbatical, or pregnancy is bad for business. You definitely don’t give someone critical roles and responsibilities when you know it’s in direct conflict with their personal choices.
      Mar 12
    • Bloomberg tday
      If 4 or 6 months of absence were bad for business you would see around a lot of contracts with 6 months of leave notice. Does this match your observations? If not it's not business, it's sexism
      Mar 12
    • Akamai Technologies VmQQ44
      That’s an idiotic response. First no one would agree to it but of course when someone leaves it’s bad for business. Every time I hire someone I have to decide if I think they’re in it for the long haul or if they’re going to up and leave in 3, 6, or 9 months. It’s obviously bad for business when anyone leaves for any reason unless that person was a liability. Considering I’m a woman (one with no kids and no desire for them) your sexism nonsense is simply that.
      Mar 12
    • Booking.com RgSq64
      It doesn't have to make business sense for it to be sexist.. Sometimes you need to make compromises on business objectives to be an open and inclusive company (even though in the long run, there are many business benefits to not being a sexist company).
      Mar 12
    • Akamai Technologies VmQQ44
      The only thing you HAVE to do is what’s best for the business and the shareholders, everything else is just what someone else is telling you that you have to do.
      Mar 12
    • Intel phishwrap
      Shareholders over employees, always. It's the American way! #maga
      Mar 12
    • Microsoft pJcW86
      If your project or team is dependant on someone not missing either corporate provided maternity leave or a month or two from a pregnancy AND you don't promote someone because of it you are a bad manager and good luck trying to keep people.
      Mar 12
    • Booking.com RgSq64
      Also, I will grant you that there may be situations where giving a project to someone who is about to go on pregnancy leave is not handy. In those cases you need to work out a custom solution. The difference though is in trying to make it work when possible rather than be principally biased towards women with a child wish, citing abstract shareholder commitments from the get go.
      Mar 12
    • Microsoft pJcW86
      And as a shareholder for long term investing, I'd invest in companies who treat their employees correctly over places who don't and have a high employee turnover.
      Mar 12
    • Akamai Technologies VmQQ44
      We all make personal choices and those choices have risk, consequences, and/or reward.
      Mar 12
  • Microsoft FfFG07
    Being a woman
    Mar 114
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      howd

      LinkedInEng

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      howdmore
      Are you doing anything to change that?
      Mar 23
    • Microsoft FfFG07
      Is this a joke?
      Mar 24
    • LinkedIn / Eng
      howd

      LinkedInEng

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      howdmore
      Quite obviously... 🤗
      Mar 24
    • Microsoft FfFG07
      Oh great I can never tell on Blind 😂
      Mar 24
  • NerdWallet toilets
    For the females, pregnancy and taking more than a few weeks off after birth.
    Mar 119
  • Amazon sinter
    Being a white guy
    Mar 1110
    • Amazon HouseBezos
      Stop overrating white guys man. They are only human.
      Mar 11
    • Google usurper
      Lol the amount of white guys in high positions points to the problem maybe being you, not your skin
      Mar 11
    • Amazon sinter
      That is a dumb thing to say. White guys in high positions because the candidate mix was different when they got into that position 10-20years ago does not have any bearing on how difficult it is to get hired or promoted as a white guy now.

      It’s like you didn’t think that through at all before you typed it.
      Mar 11
    • Google usurper
      It's almost like white guys are getting promoted all the time and you just aren't noticing. At least at my company anyway
      Mar 11
    • Amazon sinter
      Okay, maybe google doesn’t discriminate as much as microsoft does. That’s really good to hear actually.
      Mar 11
    • Cerner qVdv04
      Being a white woman, over 50. You are officially invisible.
      Mar 11
    • Wayfair 49th
      How about “being a woman” instead? I don’t personally know a single white guy who hasn’t made progress on his career goals, at least a little bit. But women? Hoo boy.
      Mar 11
    • Amazon sinter
      I see women doing extremely well on their career goals everywhere I look.
      Mar 11
    • Wayfair 47th
      I don’t 🤷🏻‍♀️ So must be by the company
      Mar 11
    • Amazon sinter
      Based on what t-series?
      Mar 11
  • Google XCTl67
    Aspiration to improve the product instead of focusing on the career.
    Mar 113
    • Amazon / Product
      🤪☺️

      AmazonProduct

      BIO
      Engineering + Analytics + Tech Entrepreneurship
      🤪☺️more
      Hmm interesting. Can you explain more?
      Mar 11
    • Vlocity FTJU
      This. Specially in Enterprise products space. Folks who market and sell crappy products are more successful than the people who actually care about the product.
      Mar 12
    • Uber bag123
      Vapor ware and Slideware gets you big bonuses and promotions at Uber not real work. No one gives a shit about your real product work. Be a Yes manager, back stab colleagues and work as a spy agent for manager, support manager’s BS then you will get successful.
      Mar 19
  • Apple jirbfhbdd
    I think not having a family is a career limiting move. Either they think you are weird, or you are actually weird, and it affects your promotion choices.
    Mar 126
    • Microsoft / Ops
      Grumpy PM

      MicrosoftOps

      BIO
      Axe yo momma
      Grumpy PMmore
      Are you saying not having kids?
      Mar 12
    • Salesforce hypeforce
      Let's swap. In my present team, I stand out for having a family. They never understand that my evenings are busy with home work et al
      Mar 12
    • Amazon sinter
      ‘Et al’ is short for ‘et alia’ which refers to people. You’d be better off using ‘et cetera’ here.
      Mar 12
    • Palo Alto Networks helping
      @jirbfhbdd I completely agree with you. You are not taken seriously if you don’t have a family or a wife. They judge you for not following the crowd. I was questioned in an interview if I was married 🙄. I don’t see any correlation with my job and my personal life. I was happy being single then. I see the same issue with my team as all of them are around 40+ except me and most of them have families. You are judged more if your team has more Indians. Not married means you are a kid and you are not taken seriously. I remember a ex-colleague calling me kiddo and I had to warn him seriously 😒. It just sucks. Since then I am making sure I sound little tough in meetings.
      Mar 12
    • Amazon Stylus
      Try BEING a woman. I never had kids because I couldn't find a man who would stay home and raise them until it was too late for me to have kids. I wish I froze some eggs when I was younger.
      Mar 13
    • Microsoft SkiLo
      @Stylus same here. Also all the mom’s Running out, coming in late or leaving leaving early for kids stuff without any care in the world from teammates or management. We’re expected to pick up the slack. All the new benefits that only sweeten things for new parents. I think single people are the under represented minorities in the workplace and society. I dream of a single female-with-cats-parade and a tax write off to match! Lol I kid.
      Mar 21
  • Tableau fBCz83
    Bad manager
    Mar 116
    • The Exchange dAVP14
      You, regrettably, are shifting blame in the wrong direction. Nobody gets to choose their boss. Manage up and embrace what is important to the manager.
      Mar 11
    • Amazon sinter
      That’s not what ‘manage up’ means.
      Mar 11
    • Walmart.com / Productgorp92
      You can't manage around a manager who's too weak to stand up to their own boss or more aggressive peers, or too incompetent to actively support your career goals.
      Mar 11
    • ServiceNow ksdW54
      I've had one or two bad managers, and they've never gotten in my way in the long run.
      Mar 11
    • Walmart.com / Productgorp92
      Also true. They're roadblocks that you get around by changing roles or companies
      Mar 11
    • I think a bad manager can be a major roadblock, but not the single biggest obstacle one faces in a career.

      You can quit bad managers; it's much more difficult to "quit" some of the items OP listed.
      Mar 15
  • Chase / Eng
    FloridaMan

    ChaseEng

    BIO
    15+ yoe, Java, etc
    FloridaManmore
    I've been in the industry a long time and my interpersonal skills improved a lot in my early 30s. Being able to play politics and actively defend yourself against backstabbing from managers and coworkers (build alliances or at least open lines of communication with their superiors, etc) is way way more important than anything else. Being able to read people, being able to make friends easily, etc. All of these things are vitally important.

    School, GPA, prior work history is all meaningless next to your ability to constantly sell yourself (in ways both obvious and subtle) to coworkers, interviewers and superiors. You're essentially doing a combination popularity contest and bidding war to maximize TC and minimize layoff chance.
    Mar 116
    • Amazon sinter
      ‘being able to play politics’

      You’re using social skills for evil. You are part of the problem.
      Mar 11
    • Zillow Group BtxShR
      Got it. I do not want to work for Chase.
      Mar 11
    • Intel UGeJ58
      Wow. Now I understand the difficult people in the office
      Mar 11
    • Chase / Eng
      FloridaMan

      ChaseEng

      BIO
      15+ yoe, Java, etc
      FloridaManmore
      Every place has politics. Just because you're not aware of it doesn't mean your job doesn't have it.

      And I don't go stirring up trouble. Playing politics for me is mostly about finding out through back channels that your boss has it in for you instead of finding out when he screws you over later on, or being on good relations with everyone so you get good reviews, etc.
      Mar 11
    • Intel / Mgmtbobwho?
      Floridaman: You nailed it. Sometimes kissing ass helps as well.
      Mar 11
    • Intel UGeJ58
      I am keenly aware of it and did well in the politics while I was at Intel. All that has to happen is that people like you - easy to accomplish. It was just unbelievably annoying and usually a time waster overall, because decisions come from that outcome of if people like you.
      Mar 11
  • Amazon / EngDude58
    Forgetting:
    * Staying in the wrong job or company for too long.
    * Narrowly defining your role and skill set, failing to challenge yourself, expand and adapt.
    * Not being generous, approachable, and helpful. Not essential, but can make a big difference.
    Mar 112
    • Uber iffhbo
      Those are great advices thanks.
      Mar 11
    • New
      ed0alric0

      New

      BIO
      full0 metal0 alchemist0
      ed0alric0more
      Word brother.
      Mar 11
  • A manager that changes every three months
    Mar 113
    • ADP / EngONrS07
      That's a hard one to deal with
      Mar 11
    • Amazon akSP16
      It should be "A team where manager changes every three months". 😛
      Mar 12
    • This manager wore the same clothes for three months straight
      Mar 12
  • DemonWare dwware
    Having a bad manager should be an option and IMHO has the biggest impact
    Mar 112
  • LinkedIn Hdud8durh
    Shitty Manager
    Mar 111
  • Booking.com Knuck
    Based on the options this poll was clearly done by a white man
    Mar 118
    • Akamai Technologies VmQQ44
      @Knuck More identitarian nonsense from you I see. Have anything useful to contribute that isn’t rooted in imagined victimization based on ethnicity or gender?
      Mar 13
    • Microsoft z13Hai!
      It’s not imagination when you can’t afford to go to public universities costing upwards of $40k/year for undergrad.
      Mar 14
    • Akamai Technologies VmQQ44
      I’ve yet to see that as a requirement anywhere in tech but everyone loves to point to it as an excuse... aka imagined victimization.
      Mar 14
    • Microsoft z13Hai!
      Not a requirement. But good luck trying to get into any decent company with a university of Phoenix degree. You think people look at all universities equally?
      Mar 14
    • Microsoft z13Hai!
      It’s actually quite simple. People form an opinion of you based on where you studied. You could have literally done nothing but they will treat you differently if you graduated out of Stanford than out of Arizona State.
      Mar 14
    • Akamai Technologies VmQQ44
      That’s not been my experience at all, especially in tech. University of Phoenix isn’t really the same thing as a traditional state school. There’s also a huge difference between a conventional degree and these online degree mills.
      Mar 15
    • AutoLoop / QA🏎 hMDW82
      Got an interview at Google with no degrees but just experience. College being a hard requirement at tech companies has been long gone. But this is definitely not an all-inclusive list, hence people commenting ...
      Mar 15
    • Cognizant / Consultantuberm
      And also there is no option of visa 😜
      Mar 17
  • First 4 are laughable, nobody gives a flying f about you gpa, degree and previous experience. Poor technical skills? Read some books, contribute to open source, leetcode away for a half a year and you’re all set. I can kinda agree with social skills but it’s not about being sociowhore, just be a genuinely nice person.

    That’s my survivor bias of course but I’ve managed to get a job with TC >400k being an immigrant with poor english, degree from noname uni and I’ve been working at the companies no one ever heard before.
    I just hope that’ll give someone a confidence boost they need. Believe in yourself my guys and gals, work smart, be passionate about what you do and of course leetcode.
    Mar 113
    • Visa FoffBoy
      OP
      Mar 11
    • VMware nitO16
      Your English sounds fine, hope you're not downplaying your degree and past experience as well 😜
      Mar 11
    • Nah, 70-80% of people I spoke with never heard about the country where I’m from, let alone companies and universities.
      Mar 11
  • Franklin Templeton Investments aCxe73
    Kids! This poll definitely written by someone who has none.
    Mar 112
    • Microsoft MMKy42
      Sounds like something Jeff would write.

      100% agree.
      Mar 11
    • Collective Health otyacb482
      I'm blissfully imagining a world in which neither of you were children, aka never born. Mmmmmmmmm, civil.

      More dumb opinions for shit life planners.
      Mar 12
  • Google usurper
    No option for "politics" or "hostile manager"?
    Mar 114
    • Bechtel Argosy
      Same.
      Mar 11
    • Uber iffhbo
      Maybe that’s what no social skills means?
      Mar 11
    • Bechtel Argosy
      Dude you've got a hostile manager there is no amount of social skills you can have so that they will not be determined to undermine you. I once had a manager tee off on me for doing exactly what they'd told me to the day before.
      Mar 11
    • Google usurper
      My manager steals my work and passes it off as his own. Not sure how "social skills" will help with that.
      Mar 11
  • Airbnb fundamen
    Poor technical skills can be worked around by going into management

    Poor social skills put a stronger ceiling on your career
    Mar 116
    • New / EngTC++
      True, but social skills can be improved
      Mar 11
    • ADP / EngONrS07
      Not by lots of these folks it seems. I'm starting to wonder about some of these bad managers....
      Mar 11
    • Bechtel Argosy
      Oh man, I could tell you about this one manager. She was tyrannical to the other women, played favorites with the young good looking men, and LITERALLY slept her way through management and clients to keep her bimbo self in her position.

      Now I know and respect a great many women in my field. This manager did a disservice to their entire gender. But much like the Catholic Church her company solved the problem by moving her to a different office...
      Mar 11
    • New
      nfs

      New

      PRE
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      nfsmore
      Have you considered one person doesn't represent an entire gender /race/nationality?
      Mar 12
    • Bechtel Argosy
      Back away from the trigger, that's exactly what I meant. This one manager did a huge amount of damage to the women in the group, and they DID NOT deserve to get hit by all that shrapnel.

      In that company, it was rare to see a woman in a leadership role at all. So some people are going to look at her and think, "this is why." That's so damaging and unfair to other women who ARE good role models, and impedes women's progress in the workplace. It's sad, regrettable, and ultimately bad for everyone. Especially because the company itself deserves part of the blame for keeping her in said leadership role.
      Mar 12
    • Microsoft PollMe
      ^Any pics, bro?
      Mar 12
  • WeWork wescrewed
    Shitty manager/politics make for 90% of all my roadblocks
    Mar 111
    • Walmart.com / Productgorp92
      1000% this
      Mar 11
  • Facebook / EngScXO18
    Bad manager
    Mar 110
  • LinkedIn appsre
    Visa
    Mar 111
  • Microsoft ugh.
    Poor interviewing skills obviously.
    Mar 110
  • SAP OtcB06
    Poor Hypocrisy skills
    Mar 111
  • Amazon pakora
    Bad manager and office politics.
    Mar 110
  • Lyft Hoooo
    Handsomeness
    Mar 114
    • The Exchange dAVP14
      Being attractive is always a benefit in any interaction involving another human being. Study after study proves it.
      Mar 11
    • DigitalOcean f7H.opls🎌
      Whoosh
      Mar 11
    • Google XoIl35
      Lack of?
      Mar 11
    • Verizon Media sxSG85
      You mean you won’t trust a pretty doctor?
      Mar 11
  • T-Mobile EGPt56
    Internal politics
    Mar 112
    • WeWork Fleabag
      That falls under poor social skills.
      Mar 12
    • T-Mobile EGPt56
      While that is what I chose out of the available options, it's far from the appropriate category for that issue.
      Mar 12
  • Flowroute / OtherxYVT46
    This is a poorly written poll and makes me think this is your second job out of college. Good luck with what you are looking for.
    Mar 111
    • Microsoft / Ops
      Grumpy PM

      MicrosoftOps

      BIO
      Axe yo momma
      Grumpy PMmore
      LOL kids these days
      Mar 11
  • eBay thatsit
    Where is shitty visa system in the options? Right now my biggest roadblock is h1b
    Mar 111
  • Oracle lakshf
    Useless creepy manager
    Mar 111
    • Airbnb / Eng*TyRFU*jrF
      Unless you’re the useless manager, of course, because apparently that’s consistently okay 🤪
      Mar 11
  • Facebook ImranKhan
    Thinking too much about what others would think about you.
    Mar 110
  • Apple iF**ck
    Shitty manager
    Mar 110
  • Booking.com .monkas
    Visa
    Mar 120
  • Pure Storage YcsU35
    Bad manager isn't one?
    Mar 110
  • Western Digital xfcs35
    Not knowing what you want and not knowing the rules of the game timely
    Mar 110
  • Amazon axmck
    Having a family is the hardest and best job there is, no corporate job is worth putting over your family. This coming from a family of two corporate working parents with two little kids. They are the reason we go to work every day and also the reason why we rush home to spend more time with them. Life is too short to think a job is the most important thing we have going.
    Mar 122
    • Microsoft z13Hai!
      First of all, respect. Secondly, how do you find time to keep up with latest trends in the industries? And no I don’t mean the new shiny JavaScript framework but in relatively mature spaces like containers, container orchestration, etc.
      Mar 14
    • Microsoft JeanPierre
      You wake up early and try to put in an hour or two of reading before the household wakes up....
      Mar 14
  • ADP / EngONrS07
    One thing not on the list- working remotely. Not being visible every day is a recipe for career stagnation.
    Mar 112
    • Microsoft
      BeBest

      Microsoft

      PRE
      Yahoo
      BeBestmore
      Was going to add this too. It’s hurt my career to the point that I’ve decided to start looking for an on-site job in my home city. Love my company but tired of getting passed over.
      Mar 12
    • ADP / EngONrS07
      I knew what I was doing. I haven't been surprised, but working from home has its compensations. Not financial, of course.
      Mar 12
  • Microsoft bolton
    For me it was honestly just not realizing when it was time to move on. At least 3 times I stuck around through shitty situations, sometimes created by myself, sometimes by others, trying to make things better.
    Mar 111
    • Microsoft sweetlemon
      Bingo! Same here! Didn’t realize a toxic environment which cost me my growth etc etc
      Mar 11
  • PayPal rlx
    Broken legal immigration system
    Mar 120
  • Dropbox drop*
    Depression
    Mar 110
  • Google come2daddy
    Poor social skills. Problem is compounded by the fact people with poor social skills don’t even know they are losing because of it. Many a times they blame the company, politics , manager or what not but themselves.
    Mar 110
  • Salesforce wtfWF
    lol GPA? who cares about that or what does it matter in tech world?

    The only thing that matters is ability to turn coffee into code thats it.
    Mar 112
    • ADP / EngONrS07
      Amen. College, degree, course of study- the only reason they are useful is to kinda predict this coffee/code alchemy. If you have the proveable alchemy and are not an ass, then you're good.
      Mar 11
    • BYTON Dof
      Google dose let you submit transcript. Not sure how they look at it though.
      Mar 12
  • Microsoft / Ops
    Grumpy PM

    MicrosoftOps

    BIO
    Axe yo momma
    Grumpy PMmore
    Politics! Who gives a fuck about school? Play the game or lose. It literally is that simple.
    Mar 112
    • Amazon sinter
      This is only true at shitty companies with toxic cultures.
      Mar 11
    • Booking.com b.going
      Every company has politics, it's just more noticeable at companies above a certain size
      Mar 11
  • VMware HighJosh!
    Skin color. Fairer the better.
    Mar 121
    • LinkedIn / EngCarpetCog
      Damn that albino invasion.
      Mar 12
  • Amazon axmck
    You forgot terrible managers, they can really screw you over and set things back
    Mar 110
  • Facebook
    alt_qq

    Facebook

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    alt_qqmore
    What about shitty managers?
    Mar 110

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