Yes, you should you get rid of them, and don’t hesitate.
If you do a Google search about brilliant jerks, one of the suggested searches is Why are Engineers Such Assholes? Rest assured, not all engineers are assholes but part of the reason why they get that bad rap is probably because of so many workplace cultures that hire, reward and promote these unsavory characters.
Today’ we have 2 articles about why you should always stick to the “No Asshole Rule” in your startup.
- The guys over at FirstRound summarize and interpret Joe Stump’s talk on why firing brilliant assholes is required to build a great engineering culture.
- Bob Sutton actually came up with the No A**hole Rule, so this interview with him is a must-read. Learn to deal with bullies and jerks in the workplace, and why startups can bring out the worst in people.