Ulf Dittmer wrote:
Are other developers in your team feeling similarly about these issues? If they do, then the team lead or manager should be rather interested to hear about these, as they lower productivity.
Paul Blackwell wrote:I've been a Java software developer for over three years now.
Paul Blackwell wrote:However I feel very disillusioned with the software industry. Here are just some of the issues I've come across:
- Wildly altering scope
- Awful decisions about requirements from VPs that don't have a clue - turning would-be innovative projects into disasters waiting to happen
- Way too much noise and bureaucracy meaning I spend less and less time coding (way less than 50%)
- No desire to allow employees to truly innovate or develop their careers (many companies pay 'lip service' to this only)
- Micromanagement of the 'important'/visible things to make sure managers in question 'look good'
- Managers who continually put themselves before their team members
- Disillusioned experienced developers that baby-sit legacy products and no desire to help/mentor new developers... which could be me in a few years if I stay...
Paul Blackwell wrote:I've worked at 3 different companies.
Paul Blackwell wrote:Can anyone offer any advice or encouragement, or indeed discouragement from my current path... I'm willing to consider *anything* really?
Paul Blackwell wrote:VPs that don't have a clue
Charles Spurgeon wrote:Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self. You may be thinking of yourself more highly than you ought.
Paul Blackwell wrote: Before I joined I had no idea this company had a policy of making regular lay offs at least every couple of years. The 'pep-talk' my manager gave me when I joined the company equated to something like - 'We're making cuts soon so I'm taking a risk with you and you better perform'... not exactly a great welcome is it? And I joined at a time when morale within the company was probably at an all-time low. Given these factors this job has been the toughest I've had so far - not in terms of difficult or hard work, but definitely in terms of a hostile atmosphere.