The 6 Different Characters You’ll Meet at Every Tech Company
Perhaps more than any other area, the booming tech industry is rampant with stereotypes. But while outsiders see all IT and tech employees as the same pocket protector-wearing nerds, those in the business know that every man and woman plays a unique role in keeping their systems humming.
Of course these descriptions of the six people you’ll meet at a tech company should be taken with a grain of salt, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself nodding your head, IT employees.
The Superhero Operations Engineer
Engineers working the back end of the entire company’s system may not have the most glamorous jobs — or probably the most glamorous workspace — but they’re the first ones to point out that they’re the only real engineers in the entire company.
Of course, because everyone else only really thinks of them when something goes horribly wrong, engineers are fully aware that the rest of the company doesn’t quite see them as the heroes that they see themselves as, and they probably hold it against you.
The Overstressed CTO
You’ll recognize the chief technology officers right off the bat because they are probably the only ones who are ever wearing a suit. They’re also always on the phone, firing off one last email, and walking around rubbing their temples like they’re always in need of a day at the spa to de-stress. Oh, and it doesn’t help that a good portion of the company probably thinks they could do the job better than they do.
The Two-Faced Customer Support Rep
You know the customer service representatives because they can change a look of frustration into a smile at the snap of a finger. They may groan before they pick up the phone, or right after they hang up, but somehow they can keep an even keel though a 30-minute call with someone who isn’t sure his computer is even plugged in.
Customer service reps might be saying “No,” or “You’re wrong,” but they make it sound like the most pleasant compliment you have ever received.
The Know-It-All Social Media Guru
The social media gurus are always the first ones to know everything. Whether it’s something to actually do with your company or clients, or it’s just what celebrity couple just tied the knot. They have their eyes on everything that’s happening in the world.
Though, somehow, they’re never quite as friendly in person as they are able to be on the Internet. And everyone in the office has the distinct feeling they think they’re cooler than them.
The Wishful-Thinking Designer
Getting a wildly creative mind into a nine-to-five cubicle environment will always make things a little tricky. Designers tied to one company are always showing you what they can do — making incredible but time-consuming pitches on how they think they can design the next big project.
Inevitably, 95% of the time they know they’ll be doing the same template as usual, but they live for the moments when they can shine.
The Show-Off Developer
Front-end developers take all the glamour from those back-end engineers — and they know it. They’re the ones that are always sporting a T-shirt with their own company’s logo and slogan, and they carry around their laptop like they’re carrying around their first-born child.
You’ll always hear some music emanating from their corner of cubicles, and they might act too cool, but they’re always ready to nerd out over a great new idea.