The New Yorker: The Friendship That Made Google Huge - Quote
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Today, Google’s engineers exist in a Great Chain of Being:
- Level 3s often have master’s degrees.
- Getting to Level 4 takes several years, or a Ph.D.
- Most progression stops at Level 5.
- Level 6 engineers – the top ten per cent – are so capable that they could be said to be the reason a project succeeds.
- Level 7s are Level 6s with a long track record.
- Principal Engineers, the Level 8s, are associated with a major product or piece of infrastructure.
- Distinguished Engineers, the Level 9s, are spoken of with reverence.
- To become a Google Fellow, a Level 10, is to win an honor that will follow you for life. Google Fellows are usually the world’s leading experts in their fields.
- Jeff and Sanjay are Google Senior Fellows – the company’s first and only Level 11s.