Friday, December 18, 2009

Will Work for Corporate Approval

The following is from a Craigslist Ad for employment:

We have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages
individuality and innovation. You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic. Company
culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self starter, and
possess a sense of humility. You will work well under commercial pressure and thrive on being
given challenges and responsibility. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive.
You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.

Uh, this is a human being we're talking about here, right?


  1. In fact I have worked with a number of such people. Well, some of us have egos, but we also have a sense of proportion about it and just shrug and go along with the general consensus when it's necessary, as I point out to the younger engineers, "choose your battles, there's some things that just aren't worth fussing about." The worst thing we can have in a software engineering environment is the legend in his own mind who can't work with other people. Any large software project today is a team effort, and it takes people who both have a sense of what they want to do (i.e. create great software) and the ability to put their ego aside when necessary to get along. The asshats end up being a disruptive presence and end up having to get reassigned to some out-of-the-way corner where they can't destroy the project, or otherwise they destroy the project...

    - Badtux the Engineer Penguin

  2. Hi BadTux,
    About the engineering world, I know little, and I'm sure you're right. But in construction, talent is quirky with myriad personal problems and deficiencies. Alcohol, drugs, marital problems, ego. You name it, carpenters have it. Most construction workers, myself included, wouldn't make it in the corporate world.



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