I’ve been spending a little too much time on Blind lately. (Don’t know Blind? It’s the app that lets anonymous 28-yo Bay Area developers complain about their $210k+RSUs comp plan 🙄 .)
I don’t know if it’s Blind or the industry or the location, but something I’ve noticed is that there is a lot of ranking of companies. That’s nothing new (plenty of companies make most of their revenue doing exactly that), but what I find fascinating is someone posting without equivocation that companies A, B, and C are “top tier,” that companies, L, M, N, and P are “mid-tier” and that Companies X, Y, and Z are “shit tier,” and then dozens (if not hundreds) of others confirm that ranking.
It’s endemic to the ecosystem: the unending claims that my company is “better” than yours. For example, someone at Microsoft says that Amazon is a crap company to work for. Someone from Amazon responds that Microsoft sucks. This sparks a growing argument of which company is “better.” Others chime in. Insults are thrown. The post collects interested parties as if this is a conversation that will “solve” anything. Getting on Blind and saying some other company “sucks” is like picking a fistfight in jail: it’s exciting and messy, but it’s not like there’s anything to really “win” other than bragging rights with fellow prisoners.