"Stupidest" thing you have done related to your career

Cisco / Eng chucky777
Apr 21, 2018 55 Comments

Let's see who has done the most idiotic thing in their career ! I will go first - let's see if anybody can beat mine 😳

In a previous gig, I told my director that I have accepted an offer even before the H1 transfer to the new company had even started ! This was right before they were to decide on my promotion and before some RSUs were about to vest ! Had the most tensed 3-4 weeks (until H1 transfer completed) and a few sleepless nights. To this day, I can't figure out why and how I blurted this out 🙄

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  • Uber / Ops Tailspin
    Stayed at a company I hated for too long
    Apr 21, 2018 3
    • Lockheed Martin ee2cs
      How long do you consider "too long" because I'm in that situation right now as well.
      Apr 21, 2018
    • Google Facebook
      How long did you stay at Uber?
      Apr 21, 2018
    • New / Eng
      Doanld

      New Eng

      PRE
      Uber, Amazon
      BIO
      Code of the Road
      Doanldmore
      Recently left Uber. Should have quit a year ago.
      Apr 21, 2018
  • Oath JJEc61
    I got a job in some small hedge fund in nyc. They asked for a drugtest. I viewed this as a total violation of privacy. Smoked up with my friends and then wrote an email where I told them that I don’t subscribe to Nixon and Reagan’s policies and they should probably hire someone else.
    Apr 21, 2018 4
    • AT&T idkmy
      This is my favourite
      Apr 21, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng adsgg
      sometimes companies hr should just come up with a compilation of their favorite candidates rejection emails. I bet that will attract loads and loads of traffics and fun.
      Apr 21, 2018
    • Oracle sham wow
      But he admitted that this was the “stupidest” thing he’s done in his career. Therefore, he now adheres to “Nixon and Reagan’s” policies.
      Apr 21, 2018
    • Oath JJEc61
      In retrospect the stupidest thing was to pull this stunt. Now I’m stuck in a company I don’t want to be and too many personal issues are preventing me from interviewing at the moment
      Apr 21, 2018
  • Airbnb panbroke
    in no particular order. didn’t start the US green card application sooner. stayed at a job too long. took a job with extremely long commute and hated every day of it. didn’t take a health issue seriously. didn’t study harder in college.
    Apr 21, 2018 3
    • Microsoft ZuckB
      Never too late to study! Your college was 4 years, your career could be 40 years!
      Apr 21, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng chucky777
      OP
      Did one of the same stupid mistake too! 😁
      Apr 21, 2018
    • Qualcomm / Eng dynasty001
      That green card thing.. have seen many of my friends do it too late . I got h1 last year and started the process this year. 1 less regret lol
      Apr 22, 2018
  • Quantcast / Eng
    XXKA53

    Quantcast Eng

    PRE
    Quantcast
    XXKA53more
    I am a PhD and I selected an established company over another promising internet company simply because the former have more PHDs as my colleagues...the most stupid decision i have made beside getting a PHD in the first place :(
    Apr 21, 2018 1
    • Oracle of·Nada
      Why'd you get the PhD? And in what?
      Apr 21, 2018
  • Fox Rent A Car, Inc. / Other FxJL56
    Working for people I don’t respect.
    Apr 21, 2018 0
  • Yandex wifod81
    Doing a PhD instead of jumping straight into tech after college. Now I'm 6 years behind my peers in my career.
    Apr 21, 2018 0
  • Sprinklr 4568_
    Accepted a role within the company that was new, without clear goals and guidelines, the US counterparts hated it but it looked like a great leap opp to build a practice is Europe from the ground up, nice senior title too. After 8 months of torture, no proper leadership support they re-orged my role and I had to move into a different one. While I don’t like regretting things I do feel I lost a year in my career.
    Apr 21, 2018 3
    • Amazon Yrga14$
      I actually like roles without clear goals and guidelines. This is where you make your mark as an engineer leader to define the job however you want.
      Apr 21, 2018
    • NAVEX Global HollaBackG
      Nothing is more stressful than a disorganized company with bad leadership. I’d rather have a manager yelling at me all day.
      Apr 21, 2018
    • I had a job once (not tech) where 'pick what excites you' was the manta. Come review time it was 'who told you to do that? That's not what you were hired for'
      Apr 21, 2018
  • Amazon / Eng Am A Bot
    I joined a company and saw red flags on day 1. Should have gone back to my old job. But no - I didn’t want to feel like a quitter - and it took a long time to get me looking for something better.
    Apr 21, 2018 2
    • Google googh1b
      Old company is Amazon?
      Apr 22, 2018
    • Amazon / Eng Am A Bot
      Nope. Another large company.

      What took the cake was that this happened a year or so before Facebook went public and I turned FB down to go to the big company I regretted joining.
      Apr 22, 2018
  • Amazon Yrga14$
    Work your ass off then change team during annual rating and comp reward.
    Apr 21, 2018 2
    • Cisco / Eng chucky777
      OP
      Ok. This comes close to what I did by blurting out about offers before promotion cycle. Was this in Amazon ?
      Apr 21, 2018
    • Amazon Yrga14$
      Yup! Total messed up my 2020 stock grants
      Apr 21, 2018
  • Postmates Bofn84
    Joined Postmates.
    Apr 21, 2018 1
    • Amazon Bitcoin_1
      Can you elaborate please? Heard Postmates is an amazing fast growing startup !
      May 4, 2018
  • New Macme2
    In 2005, got referred into Google, I was a technical lead/architect in sercvices/solutions / not even a director at that time a very hot enterprise software company. I was insisting on Director levels at startups including Google!! I still have those emails. They suggested technical account management or solutions engineer - hands on web technologies. I was like too low level etc. It was not ego, but not knowing Google flat structure and not networking to learn the situation.

    Now, I'm preparing coding level for PM and pre-sales roles :)
    Apr 21, 2018 4
    • Sorry dude. This wins the thread. If you had joined Google in 2005, your net worth would be in double digit Millions.
      Apr 21, 2018
    • New Macme2
      The guy who referred me, I didn’t know him directly but I should have just spoken to him directly, achieved a lot at google. His 20% project became a hit, and after 12 years he is a top eng guy at a top, high value startup (looked all this up and realized who was trying to help).

      After 13 years, spending the weekend studying Cracking the Coding Interview for cloud solutions and pm roles :(

      It sucks...yes
      Apr 21, 2018
    • It’s alright! Life is a journey. You are not done yet. May be there is a way better ending - you never know.
      Apr 21, 2018
    • New Macme2
      Hope and all have some reason...

      Thanks dude!
      Apr 21, 2018
  • Microsoft Exity
    I was happy at another company and I was fooled by Uber into joininig them - had the worst 8 months of life - lost a lot , if I had stayed at the other company I would have been a lot more richer and mentally stronger .
    Apr 21, 2018 2
    • New yhspz
      What was bad about it exactly? I'm sure a lots of us are in a similar situation, my job is pretty good but have been approached by uber. Uber guys here make out as if it is utopia...
      Apr 21, 2018
    • New / Eng
      Lambada

      New Eng

      PRE
      Uber, Snapchat
      BIO
      Code of the Road
      Lambadamore
      Pro tip: Find some people in your network that have left the company you are considering joining.

      Uber recruiters way overplay the upside and downplay the cultural issues.
      Apr 21, 2018
  • Qualcomm 46swe
    Didnt move as soon as I got bad review
    Apr 21, 2018 2
    • Cisco jerome
      Is it important to move after a bad review?
      Apr 21, 2018
    • Qualcomm / Eng dynasty001
      Are you still at Qcom ? If not, what was your title when you moved? Eng/sr eng?
      Apr 22, 2018
  • New Macme2
    Speaking, uninvited by them but they accommodated, to skip levels about issues/concerns/politics/dysfunction/red tapes about my managers - twice recently and completely burnt / scapegoated. Sworn not to repeat.

    Good friend shared this:
    “Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.”  Proverbs 30:10
    Apr 21, 2018 0
  • Goldman Sachs Letsdothat
    2 years ago google recruiter waived my phone interview and invited for on site interview directly. However, I was not confident with my algo skill so asked for 3 months preparation time. Just the day before interview I made some reason and extended it to next 3 month.
    After three months when I emailed my recruiter, it turned out that she had left the company. I reached out to another recruiter but he said I have to go through phone interview again. But then it was review time at my current job so could not focus much.

    And now I interview people from google and I feel My skill sets were okay to give a good shot.

    I regret it today also.

    Thus, trust me, your skill sets are stronger than you believe most of the time.
    May 11, 2018 1
    • Cavium GUkdFnne
      But, why do you bother about doing phone screen again? You are much better now than when you did phone screen earlier. So, you can clear it and move to onsite anyways.
      May 12
  • Cisco lEcG86
    Refused to interview with Nicira viptela and nimble before years before they got bought. 😐
    Apr 21, 2018 1
  • Northrop Grumman ffyV33
    Stayed in federal contracting industry too long. Now I want to change industries, and all I’m getting is “You can’t possibly function in another industry; you’re brainwashed with government thinking, everything you know is slow & 20th century, etc.” Which is all complete BS, but can’t even get interviews to prove otherwise. All this from companies touting “open minded and collaborative” cultures.

    I guess I’ll just keep being overpaid to do dumb work...
    Apr 22, 2018 0
  • Amazon neoFML
    Sacrificed progress in my career for family who abused my help and didn't deserve the sacrifice. Only do what's best for you always
    Apr 21, 2018 0
  • Square / Eng SQ
    Joined a small startup. Should have just joined Facebook or Google out of college, would be retired.
    Apr 21, 2018 0
  • NAVEX Global HollaBackG
    Said a single word of criticism about the company.
    Apr 21, 2018 0