What are some untold general truths in Silicon Valley?Feb 3
- If you are gay, you’re probably a designer
- If you have a IBM thinkpad, you probably work in finance or accounting (Same If you use the printer)
- If you’re a bad engineer, you probably work in QA
- If you dress badly, you’re probably a backend engineer
- If you dress well, you’re probably an iOS or frontend engineer
- If you wear brown shoes + put your shirt inside your pant, you work in sales or account management
- If you see a bunch of people dressed in suits visiting your company, you’re probably getting acquired
- If you see your manager meeting HR multiples times for quick chats (standing most of the times), a round of layoffs is coming
- If you were not born in the Bay Area, less than 30yo and live in South/East bay, you don’t have any friends
- If you have only 1 pair of shoes that you wear everyday, you’re probably in dev ops
- If you use @channel on Slack in the #general channel to announce useless stuff to your colleagues, you’re probably an asshole
- If you have a bottle of water that you take with you to meetings, you’re probably a PM
- If you don’t have a lot of meetings and wish you had more, you probably have less than 2 years of work experience
- If you use DuckDuckGo, you’re probably an Android engineer
- If you own more than one pair of white sneakers, you’re probably a product designer
- If you’re a bad product designer, you’re probably a graphic designer working with the marketing team creating cover pictures for social media
- If you don’t remember the last time when you changed your bed sheets, you are probably an engineer who contributed to many open source projects
- If you are older than 30 and still live with roommates, you should really ask yourself some questions
- Apple bqdp“If you don’t have a lot of meetings and wish you had more, you probably have less than 2 years of work experience”
Holy shit this is so true. When I first started, I saw all the top engineers going to meetings all the time, and I thought that was the shit. I thought that was a sign that they had a lot of impact and people valued their opinions and they get to design stuff and sit around and figure shit out.
Now I’m the senior engineer and I hate it when my manager drags me to meetings, just so other managers can talk at me about how I should be doing my job.
The rest of the list is just bullshit stereotypes and didn’t ring true to me at all.
- This list isn’t even close but - If you have a IBM thinkpad, you probably don’t work in finance or accounting but more likely you work on hardware