Reblogging for that Carson McCullers pic!
carson mccullers kinda looks like kristen schaal
TIL: Carson can be a lady’s name.
A couple of my friends pointed out this absurd LinkedIn post from the gentleman behind the actual monetary success of the popular webcomic Penny Arcade, Robert Khoo. Here it is in full — http://www.linkedin.com/jobs2/view/9887522?trk=job_nov — but allow me to summarize:
"We want someone…
A handful of thoughts:
This is hardly a PA-specific thing. The game industry as a whole is notorious for its exploitation of overeager young coders who are willing to put up with miserable working conditions for a chance to “live the dream” of working in the gaming industry.
This is hardly a gaming industry-specific thing. Job posts for software engineers are notorious (and widely mocked) for their demands that applicants be “rock star engineers” with ridiculous amounts of experience.
The author makes a lot of assumptions about PA’s finances, and it’s not clear to me what qualifies him to make these claims. Yes, it seems like PA makes a lot of money. But I have no idea what “seems like a lot” actually translates into.
The ad makes it sound like the salary isn’t a lot, but again, it’s difficult to say anything without concrete numbers. Maybe the salary isn’t what you’d get at Microsoft; then again, it’s not clear to me why it should be. However big you might think PA is, it’s certainly nowhere near Microsoft big; any of the major tech companies will be able to outmatch PA in terms of straight salary. So PA needs to compete for talent in other ways, and emphasizing the unique work environment strikes me as a pretty reasonable strategy. In any case, I’m fairly confident that a software engineer who actually has the skills they’re asking for would be able to negotiate an objectively comfortable salary. I may be wrong—but again, without concrete details, this is all pretty pointless speculation.
I’m not sure why the author brings up the concept of a “unicorn” engineer who can both design and code, as this job position appears to have nothing to do with design. Also, the stated technical requirements don’t seem particularly crazy to me. I know several people who have these technical skills.
Some people want a shitty work-life balance. There are people who genuinely want their work to be their life, and who function well in that sort of environment. These people exist, and I’m not sure it’s a problem for PA to appeal to these types as long as they’re up-front about it.
In particular, it’s a problem when messed-up work-life balance becomes the norm for a whole industry, and when potential hires are seen as somehow deficient if they’re not willing to sacrifice their lives for their work. It’s also a problem when companies mislead potential hires about what they’re getting into.
But I’m just not sure it makes sense to single out PA on this one. At least this listing is honest about the shitty work-life balance, and it even goes out of its way to describe things in negative terms (“terrible”, “bad”, “tedious”, “dreaded”, “the WORST”) rather than just saying “WE WANT A ROCK STAR AWESOME DEDICATED SUPERSTAR NINJA”. In this sense, the listing actually strikes me as less bad than a lot of what’s out there.
All that said, I agree with the author’s broader points: a lot of tech job postings are dumb, and many companies exploit the enthusiasm of young workers to avoid giving them fair compensation. It’s also been some time since I’ve looked at tech job listings, so it’s possible that the general state of things has improved to a point where this PA listing really is worse than average.
(edited to expand on thoughts and improve clarity)
My hobby: misquoting movie misquotes
there will never be anything less interesting to me than someone talking about “the SCIENCE” behind 2001: A Space Odyssey
Here’s another one: “the PHILOSOPHY” behind The Matrix