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The Scoop is a bonus series, covering patterns and trends I observe and hear about within Big Tech and at high-growth startups. Have a scoop to share? Send me a message!

📢 Join The Pragmatic Engineer Talent Directory 📢

Are you hiring senior engineers or engineering leaders? On Tuesday, 28th June, I’m opening up access to The Pragmatic Engineer Talent director and releasing the first drop of candidates.

You’ll have access to candidates vetted by me. In this first drop you will be able to connect with 80+ world-class software engineers, engineering managers and engineering leaders, many of whom worked at top companies – both Big Tech, high-growth startups and scaleups.

You’ll get twice-a-month drops of hand-curated standout software engineers and engineering managers open to new opportunities.

My goal is to make this directory the best place for world-class tech companies to find standout engineers and engineering managers – and the other way around.

The Pragmatic Engineer Talent Collective

If you’re looking for new opportunities – and are a software engineer or engineering manager with 5+ years of experience – you can also apply, joining publicly or anonymously.

On to today’s issue. We’re covering a variety of topics:

  • Microsoft to disclose pay ranges for all its US job listings. Why are they doing this, and will this move force other companies like Amazon, Google or Facebook to follow?

  • Amazon trying to save on work-from-home expenses. And getting sued by a software engineer for not paying their internet costs. Why is Amazon being sued, but not other tech companies?

  • Are promo committees killing open-source contributions from Big Tech? Kubernetes is struggling to hold onto core contributors working at Big Tech. Is this a systemic issue or an isolated one?

  • Tesla’s secret layoffs. No announcements, one-week severance and disguising mass layoffs as performance-based firings. Will Tesla get away with it, or will this hurt its future hiring efforts?

  • Downsizing at Sourcegraph: exclusive. Sourcegraph let 8% of its team go, doing so in the complete opposite of how Tesla executed layoffs. Exclusive details. Can other companies learn something from how Sourcegraph did these layoffs?

  • A reality check on the public markets. Analyzing what Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi shared with employees, recently. His message is still very much relevant.


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