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Tesla, Apple, and the ‘secretly terrible’ engineer conundrum

Tesla Apple and the secretly terrible engineer conundrum VentureBeat Business by Jeff Whatcott Outlearn


“Important engineers?” Musk scoffed,in an interview with Handelsblatt. “They have hired people we’ve fired. We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard.’ If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple. I’m not kidding.”

Musk isn’t typically one to hold back, but these comments still reinforce the widely held belief that there is a super-elite squadron of top engineers who bounce from leading company to leading company, and anyone not in that precious cadre is just one of the secretly terrible engineers that make up the majority of the available work force.

That notion permeates most discussions when it comes to the disconnect between why so many qualified software engineers can’t find work and why so many companies looking to hire software engineers can’t find qualified applicants.

This is why companies have elaborate software to screen job applicants, and even then force them to prove they didn’t somehow game the system by making them solve puzzles and mental games such as how many ping pong balls would fit into various large buildings and vehicles. Everyone wants to get the elites in and keep the secretly terribles out.

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