So I’ve been poking around LinkedIn the other day and stumbled across SmartThings company profile. What immediately caught my attention is that out of 39 people who associate themselves with SmartThings, 17 identify themselves as engineers (44%) and 15 (!) as either executives or directors (38%). Out of those 15, five are in charge of engineering - CTO and four (!) VPs of Engineering. My goodness! Why on earth a company with less then twenty engineers needs four VPs of Engineering? That’s what I call top-heavy: too many generals commanding a too small of an army. No wonder stuff takes forever to complete.
I’ve been involved with several Silicon Valley start-ups with headcount under 50. There was at most one VP of engineering and one director or a chief architect. But four VPs? Makes me wonder if proximity to Washington, DC has something to do with it.