Discussion on: Describe the worst coding culture you've been a part of

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Wendy Stocker

Old post, but wanted to comment.

I worked for an all distributed agency, sounds great right? WRONG. While the team was full of wildly talented people, the owners of the company had no clear purpose which manifested itself into severe micro-management.

There was basically no on-boarding period at all, except I was expected to read their docs which were scattered all over the place, and some random help from a PM when he had a moment to spare.

By the end of the first week I was solely in charge of 11 different sites. I barely had any idea who the client contacts were and often had to have video chats with them talking about legacy issues. One of the clients was even mad that I suddenly appeared out of nowhere with no warning.

To my surprise too, the clients were involved in every step of the workflow process from the point my code was pushed up to my remote branch. I remember thinking, "Why in the Sam hell is the client making comments on my Pull Request?" I had never seen that before... EVER.

There was not one inch to budge as a Developer. It was their way or the highway! Despite the clients not really having a technical background, and since I was new, seeing all this back and forth made them pretty nervous.

So basically I would get maybe 1 hour to Develop a feature, and if I went over that time, by god you had to drop everything and ask the client for permission to work another hour. That could take anywhere from 1-2 hours to respond which were non-billable. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

It was probably the most counterproductive business model I had ever seen. Needless to say I didnt' last there too long, and I seriously wonder if they will last either!