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Discussion on: Cold Hard Truths About Software Engineering I Understood After 9+ Years

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Nick Bull Author

Hey Gergely, first of all, I listed the ugly sides, and my experience comes from ex FAANG developers with whom I worked in YCombinator startup and projects for Big 4.

I don't divide everything into black and white and know about survivor's mistake. I am very well prepared and know what I am writing about.

Second of all, I know that all experience is different and appreciate that people share in the comments their world view that is not similar to mine.

But Gergely, you write first "you listed feel counter to my experience," but in the second part of your comment you "half agree with me." So I can see that you can relate to some of what I'm sharing here.

Still, it's good to see you here and I agree with "it's actually a good experience to see what a place like this is" and know later benefits of it, but not for all.

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Gergely Orosz • Edited

I still disagree with the notion of these large tech companies being “highly overrated”. I’d encourage everyone to find out for themselves and not rule them out. There are a lot of upsides not mentioned - engineering culture, networking, the alumni, compensation with equity and many others.

A gig at one of these places - even if it does turn out to be one or all the bad experiences you listed - will open up a lot of new doors for people. Like make it easier to get accepted into places like YC :)

Good luck with your book!

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Nick Bull Author

Highly agreed with this one:

"I’d encourage everyone to find out for themselves and not rule them out"

Thank you!

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Gergely Orosz

And by the way, thanks for writing such a thought-provoking article! I'd much rather read one like this, than one that starts, continues and ends with "well, it depends" :)