Google Engineers Take Offense To Dilbert On Arrogance

Dec 30, 2013 • 7:56 am | comments (20) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

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See that Dilbert cartoon about Google engineers on the 27th, if not, here it is above.

As you can see, it conveys a stereotype that Google engineers are arrogant. Truthfully, many engineers come off as arrogant, so I doubt it is just a Google engineer stereotype.

That being said, Richard Hay from Google shared it on Google+ and said this stereotype is mostly false when it comes to Google engineers. He wrote:

As a Google Engineer I challenge this stereotype

From what I have seen, the more senior engineers become, the less arrogant they tend to be

There are exceptions

But for the most part they have an increased knowledge of the vastness of the unknown and an appreciation for risks and tradeoffs

As a result they tend not to trend toward overconfidence and arrogant bragging as much as they are cautious in their projections and avoid absolutes

That having been said, the comic is funny

As an outside, what do you think?

Forum discussion at Google+.

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