This feels a bit ... whiny?
yeah, i get that the intended message is that you shouldn't let a rejection deter you. but this is a combination of misguided bitterness and subtle brags. not constructive and very bizarre.
I like your avatar.
A curated list of people I wouldn't want to work with. Excellent!
Why wouldn't you want to work with them?
"Things didn't work out at a different company due to logistical issues, so I'm going to publicly shame them. Also, now I work at TWITTER!"
Isn't there a case to be made, with all of these stories compiled, that perhaps it’s not “logistical issues”? Maybe the usual Silicon Valley interview process is terrible at identifying good candidates.
"good candidates" is a pretty meaningless term in this context. rejection often has little to do with the person interviewing; it can depend on the role, company, culture, budget, timing, etc.
Or maybe, just maybe, they interviewed poorly, asked for too much money, lacked experience, weren't qualified, or a better applicant won the position.
What are you even getting at? Are Silicon Valley companies supposed to hire every person that applies? Why is deciding not to hire a candidate such a horrible thing? It's business.
Agreed, it could go something like:
"I asked for 250k to work at the local ad agency as a sr dev, but they said no. I now work at Google for 80k as a jr. dev"
or a better applicant won the position <- this one. Now if ANY of these would say "[company x] picked [person y] instead and look at how [company x] failed since then!*" - in that case, the whinge would be completely legit.
The problem here is that they assume that working at a place like Twitter or Facebook makes people jealous or amazed. I know people who work at big corporations, both inside and outside the tech world, who really hate it.
It would be better if the stories were more like, "I was rejected by xxxx, but now I work at a great company doing work that satisfies me."
Exactly. The best designers I know work for mostly under-the-radar companies/brands, and not necessarily trendy, tech companies like Twitter or Apple.
I think this kind of encompasses a huge problem with the design world today. There are so many novice designers out there with zero experience, who validate their expertise by the 'brand' they work for, a blog post that went 'viral', or how many Twitter followers they have. It's a really a shame. Just do good work and get on with it.
The problem here is that they assume that working at a place like Twitter or Facebook makes people jealous or amazed
Think I'd rather clean toilets than work at FB, at least I'd be making the world a better place instead of actively making it worse.
This is great!
Especially for people on the job hunt. It's comforting to know that many other people was/is in your shoes, and hear their stories. Keeps you motivated to keep trying.
I don't get it. If the idea was to show that everyone gets rejected at some point in their career, fine, but this just a bunch of people saying, "look at how great I am, I work at ..., while all these other dumb companies rejected me". Seems a tad arrogant and whiny.
I can see how this could be interpreted as whiny or maybe even passive aggressive, but I also can see how it can serve as a point of inspiration. Especially for new grads.
"Now I work at Twitter making features nobody outside the marketing team wants"
Catering to imposter syndrome. People still externalize, that they are only successful when they work for a big tech company. It's not true.
But the project itself has a good intention imo. Failure is inevitable, and when you think you have overcome all possible obstacles, you will fail even more. That is fine, you are human. Now get up again, and find what internally motivates you.
I agree with this. I didn't know how to word how uncomfortable this site made me feel until you posted this.
The site is for good intentions to try and cheer up people when they've been rejected, but it still sends that message of "You are only successful and notable if you work in Silicon Valley" which isn't a great message to any designer at any age.
Maybe feature other stories like "I got rejected from [big tech company], but now I work with [not so notable company] and it's really fulfilling" or something like that. It's much more positive.
No other profession.
Humblebrags and simmering rage. THere are so many reasons as yo why you might not a position. You might be awesome at X but the comany really needs someone who can do Y to a higher level than you can, you might be seen as a poor cultural fit etc. Not sure I would want to hire most of them
Not sure if this is meant to be motivational or bitter?
The idea is admirable, inspire and reassure everyone that if you work hard and keep at it, you'll eventually get there.
The execution is truly awful. All of these well established people who are now doing so well in their careers complaining about awesome companies that didn't hire them. Basically telling them to go suck it because they now work for another awesome company.
I really hope when I'm at their level I don't feel as bitter and in need to publicly have a go at a company just because they didn't hire me.
Isn't it that different companies are looking for different people, which makes it more than reasonable that company A rejects the applicant while company B hires the person? I don't think companies are obliged to hire someone just because of their skill set.
I don't understand why everyone is getting so upset over this. I thought it was great!
Forget about the company names that are mentioned. It's about showing people that you shouldn't give up just because you were rejected.
Those of you who have never been rejected in your career may not understand how it feels.
Maybe they did suck at the interview or asked the wrong questions or whatever, but rejection is rejection and it hurts no matter what. This project illustrates that you don't have to give up your dream just because so and so doesn't want you.
All of these people are obviously very smart, talented people. They're all clearly major league-level players. Seeing people who are clearly talented whine about how they didn't get a job at some of the toughest companies in the world does nothing to make others who would never dream of applying there feel any better about rejection.
It's like seeing a baseball player whine about ending up with the Red Sox instead of the Yankees, while meanwhile you're struggling in Little League.
Edit: ducking autocorrect
obviously very smart, talented people
Talented likely, but smart? I mean they willingly put themselves on this list.
If you're struggling in Little League then maybe it's time to aim a little higher and do something about it.
Listen, I get it....no one likes to hear about other people's success when they are not succeeding. I too have had my own serious struggles and rejections, but that doesn't give me the right say anything mean to the people who got the job over me.
I might like it more if it wasn't so breathtakingly ugly. Seriously, who looks at that grid and typesetting and goes 'Yeah, that will do'.