OT:corporate snobbery..good or bad?
I work for A company which hires B consultant company. B is reknown worldwide as elite, only hiring the best and brightest. What I can't stand is the snobbery of these B folks. Why it is so hard for the company to ingrain a 'down to earth' value to their employees? I don't think these snob attitude helps them in dealing with the users.
Er, remember that it's the client who ultimately pays their salaries?
Attitude comes from the top down. My guess is that the owners of B foster a local culture of being the in-crowd, and talking internally of anyone they deal with on the outside being an idiot needing education and guidance. We're holy and noble, everyone else is a stupid unwashed philistine, etc.
One other thing. It's the client's EXECUTIVES who pay the consultant's salaries indirectly, through B. What matters is what the executives of A think of B. And it's unlikely that A's executives have any contact with B's consultant employees.
You could be confusing confidence and salesmanship with snobbery. It is this attitude that gets them positions. What is the point of hiring people as good as yours? This is especially true in places where IBM, EDS, CSC, Cap-Gemini, etc. take over the IT department. Once hired, leaders need to feel comfortable they did the right thing.
Me, big monkey. You, small monkey. Boom, boom.
Someone called me snob a few years ago. I think that was envy. :-)
Evgeny Gesin /Javadesk/
Good points on envy. Years ago when I worked in a "SW cesspool", I was aware that most of the other employees who were programmers envied me for my knowledge, and I was constantly dealing with dillholes who felt that they had to compete with me and one-up me constantly. There was never an equilibrium, I was always put on the defensive.
Most *really good* programmers, researchers, consultants, etc. I have met were also down to earth. Thus, they were good enough to realise that even they could learn one or two things while working with other normal people. I'd say that corporate snobbery is just plain stupid, and it can be quite damaging, because it restricts the experience of corporations (they tend to close to other people's views).
Put yourself in their shoes for a minute. Can you imagine how frustrating it can be to be forced to work with people much less able who don't recognize it? They might be better at your job, but that doesn't mean they have some superhuman ability to manage their emotions and natural tendencies.
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