Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Why Software Engineers are (Vastly) Undervalued

Our co-founder and CTO Pasha Sadri wrote a great post on his personal blog about why software engineers are often undervalued at other company.  (Not ours though!)
During my tenure at Yahoo (circa 2001 – 2007) I learned how to do a lot things, but just as crucially, how not to do certain things. Chief amongst the latter was how not to treat engineers. Yahoo, despite many well-intentioned efforts and notable exceptions, did not empower engineers. Even though we engineers created tons of value, it was the non-engineers who were often the gatekeepers. 
Eventually many of the best people noticed, got fed up and left. After I left in 2007 to co-found Polyvore, one of my main goals in life became building an environment that highly values engineers and treats them as first class citizens. I continue to strongly believe that all sorts of good things follow from that. I have since been thinking about why engineers are systematically undervalued compared to more traditional roles given the tremendous value they create. I have come up with three sociological reasons:
You can read the rest of the post here.