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Discussion on: How long have you worked at the same company?

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Danny Perez

7 years in October. I've switched teams every few years, and the company has gone through so much change, its felt like 4-5 different companies which is why its been fun (different tech stacks, different culture, different people/teams).

I joined as a junior mobile dev for Android, worked on a custom Android tablet with a forked Android OS, worked on apps to manage Android devices remotely, did devops setting up CI servers, worked on a huge path to production re-write, led a team to manage internal tools, and now working on front-end performance problems on our flagship app. Wild ride :)

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Davide de Paolis Author

You also kind of "stepped down" from managing devs to developing again? how did you find it?

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Danny Perez

I'm in the middle of that ride. It's more of a step sideways than it is a step down - salary didn't change πŸ˜€

At this stage in my life, I've got the energy to be heads down cranking out tickets, concerning myself that we're building things right. We have a lot of hairy technical problems that are a lot harder to solve when half your week is spent managing projects. I get to focus on that for like 90% of my week now.

I hired a new manager to replace me, and I'll report to him, and it's now his responsibility to make sure we're doing the right things, working with stakeholders, managing performance of individual team members.

Once I have some kids in a few years, I'll transition back into management.