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Is Distinguished Engineer Worth It? Dealing With Pressure And Work/Life Balance

Andrew became a Distinguished Engineer at Pinterest after working there for more than 9 years. He talks about:

  • The importance of persuasion and executive communication at this level.
  • The amount of hours he put in to attain the Distinguished Engineer title at Pinterest. Andrew would frequently stay at the office until midnight, and his work/life balance suffered for years.
  • Why he left his role at Pinterest (he made it to the top of the career ladder, literally could not get promoted further) to start a startup.

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