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> I’ve been employed in tech for years, but I’ve almost never worked
Okay bros, which one of you snitched? I thought we all agreed not to let the non-techies find out that we are paid mad money to do nothing.


That's fine for people who want to do nothing…. Good for them, more power to them, love to see it. Couldn't be my overachieving nerd ass though lol. I want to improve my skills, build cool stuff, and become a brilliant and respected software architect someday, so a job like that would just not be for me.


Is your mental health well? I think the same way you do but I end up never achieving anything.


It's better than it ever has been fortunately! But yeah, I just started my first SWE job so I'm gonna try to keep the fire alive haha. I try to read books and study as much as I can in my spare time.
I hope you are able to get where you want to be anon! For me, lots of regular exercise and de-centering romantic relationships did the most to help me with my self esteem and mental health. Sounds cliche but it really does work.


>I just started my first SWE job
Let's return to this topic in five years.


I assume this is exclusively an American phenomenon where wages for the tech sector are greatly bloated.


Will do anon


This is mucho texto so I'm not gonna read, but a lot of the absolute flotsam working at large tech companies is being purged recently, so kind of slowpoke here.

"Task bloating" is a good recipe though to assure that you don't get overwhelmed with shit. I always like 3x my estimates.


It is more the US tech sector being directionless when it comes to R&D and getting in the way of engineers. If you go back half a century you had the opposite problem where RCA, AT&T, Xerox, IBM, ect were making really cool shit in their labs but a good chunk never made it out of the labs because while the US tech sector then tended to leave their engineers alone to build new shit,it took a lot of effort to get them to adapt it.


Honestly a bigger problem is overly bureaucratic processes at most major corporations where half your time is filling out paperwork and attending meetings. The actual techshit is like a small percentage of the day, not BECAUSE the workers can't (or even don't want to) work but because they are literally prevented from doing so without prior approval by like 7 different people, and spend days or even weeks often chasing down people in office or via email in order to get approval for shit. Again its not a problem of laziness its a problem of literally choking bureaucracy. Thats why coders use to love "startups" so much since "startup" is code for "you are actually allowed to do shit". You may think a do nothing job is cool but unless its remote its usually you staring at a screen in a cubicle until your eyeballs bleed and you slowly start to go insane.


During the summer times of my previous job, it was the calmest season.
I would just be paid to sit in a AC cooled room, just watching the services status every now and then to make sure everything ran correctly, not doing anything else.
I was literally paid to do nothing since everything that ran there had auto restarts and shit since I was the one that set them up and I was lazy as fuck.


>all these "over employment" articles coming out
>software engineers dont work!!
>"day in the life of a Google engineer"
>"omg they're all soy-drinking meeting-attending socialites, unlike Real Programmers like me!!!"(Doesn't know how to code)
>Girls Who Code! style programs get infinite funding
>le boooootcamperinos
>software engineers get paid too much!!! 😡😡😡
<at the midst of the largest tech layoff season in history
Not even surprising tbh.
Reminder that software engineering is a precarious job. You only hear about the """successes""".


>>Girls Who Code! style programs get infinite funding
>>le boooootcamperinos
honestly this shit was more prevalent in the Obama era. The le stem l2c meme has been dead for a while


Obviously all the tech companies were ovemployed or they wouldn't have laid of in the 10s of thousands.


Bruh, don't buy into this "over employed nonsense. These 150k engineers weren't just existing. They were in teams, working on something. All big businesses have a shit ton of overhead and retarded busywork, and bullshit work. Bullshit work isn't eliminated by simply firing people.


worked for 1,5 years as an IT Consultant making over twice the median wage in my city, and i can honestly say i didn't create a single dollar of value during that time. My actual use was as an asset - my company could put me on a list and advertise me to potential clients as a highly trained python/SQL/Java/whatever expert (this was my first job out of college), and convince them to sign lucrative contracts. They wouls then put together a team to work on whatever they convinced the customer to pay for, where 70-80% od this team was outsourced - of course, these guys did most of the work.

In the last few months I've been laid off - assumed this would happen too, as the economic situation has big companies thinking a bit more rationally about this contracting work, I'm sure.


>>18952 here

I'm in Yurope


They probably cancelled products or something.


ive gotten job offers like this, basically people who would ask for english native speakers with a CS degree to pretend to be the developers for their company while the actual dev team would be outsourced and on another continent. And the english speaker gets paid "by the webex" (with clients).

honestly regretting not taking it.


the gig is up, articles are being published about how bloated amerikkkan tech employees salaries are

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