Hoping the Quora community would help him decide between two tempting job offers, the engineer weighed the pros and cons of joining both companies: Uber or HR software company Zenefits. Uber, he argued, is a bigger name, and Zenefits is less of a "buzzword," but its offer is generally better. That offer, however, was soon pulled off the table.
"Uber has a really good reputation. I think that working at Uber will really help me move to companies like Google and Apple, which is something that I want to do in the distant future," the anonymous engineer wrote. "My biggest problem with Zenefits is that it isn't a buzzword like Uber. Most people won't know what Zenefits is (or so I think). I think that this isn't as exciting a brand name to have on your resume when applying to the likes of Google."
Then, on Wednesday, Zenefits CEO and cofounder Parker Conrad posted his answer. "Definitely not Zenefits," he wrote.
"Mostly, it seems like where you really want to work is Google [...] You should just apply there."
Conrad also noted he did not appreciate the questioner's hesitation, as well as placing so much weight on brand strength when applying for a job.
"We don't have terribly high regard for ppl who would choose where to work based on "buzzwords" and how big a brand it is (or simply to position themselves for later in their career) instead of something more foundational about the opportunity, the challenge, etc.," he wrote.
The conversation, which noted that originally, Conrad's answer noted that the company has revoked the questioner's offer to work at Zenefits, which was also confirmed by a company spokesperson.
Where one door closes, however, another opens, and the engineer got to experience that the next day when Uber's head of communications Mark Rogowsky joined the conversation, whole-heartedly inviting him to join Uber.
"Come work for Uber. We need great engineers, senior, junior and everything in between. Why? Because we are trying to solve hard problems everyday and there are more great ideas in our offices than people who can build the technology and write the code to implement them," he wrote.
Too much openness on social media can get you in trouble, but it can also lead to interesting outcomes. We don't know if the anonymous engineer chose to join Uber in the end. He did, however, make a final edit to his question, explaining he thinks highly of both companies.
"I don’t see these opportunities as placeholders! [...] It was purely a quest to find out how these choices could impact my career. I realize that this wasn't put together very well on my part."
By Stan Schroeder, posted on mashable.com