The Dark Side Of Life For Silicon Valley Programmers
Silicon Valley is the ideal place for software developers. It offers great pay, great companies, and all the technological innovation. There is always the flip side to the coin.
Software development is an excellent job, especially for those in Silicon Valley, the tech capital.
Tech startups offer a wide range of perks to their employees, including huge salaries, bonuses, subscription options, free meals, massages and on-site gyms.
However, all this pampering comes with a price. Software engineers have made comments in Quora conversations.
Here are some facts about the expected work hours and potential dangers associated with this profession.
Google Operational Reliability Engineers start work at 9 a.m., leave at 7 p.m. and are often delayed until 10 pm.
My laptop and backpack are fully charged when I get home at 7 p.m. I must stop if I see a page on the road and log in to the system within 5 minutes to debug it. Email alerts can be waited until you return home.
“A software engineer for a processor company describes his struggle to find time with his family during a workday that began at 9 and ended at midnight. “I look at it – it’s near midnight, time to return. To home. Returning home: It’s an easy drive from home. It’s almost midnight when I go to sleep. I go to sleep without dreaming. At 6:30 AM, the alarm goes off.
However, others aren’t as thrilled. One young man described his day as follows: “I wake up, take a shower. I’m stuck in traffic for over an hour. When I finally get to work, there is no parking. Breakfast at the desk. Employment Lunch. Job. Another hour I’m stuck in traffic. I go to sleep. I repeat. “Yes, Silicon Valley is great.
One boy jokes that his day begins at 7 a.m. – He wakes up. 8 a.m. I decline job offers from Google and Facebook, Oracle, HP, HP, and other tech companies. 9 am – I write code that makes 100 people less productive and kills 100 jobs. Noon – Get free food 1-3pm – I make more jobs disappear. Meeting with investors, who want to invest in everything you touch. 7pm – Dinner at Ritz-Carlton 10:15 pm – I make a comment on a company blog. The publication becomes viral overnight and the company is a huge success.
Other programmers also complain about long commutes and hard work. One complains that Silicon Valley’s dark side is that one can earn a high salary but not be able to afford a home in a good area.
It is also regrettable that this can happen to another person doing the same job. “By pure chance, they end-up in the right startup (or even a similar one but they started a few weeks before you), and they end up selling for X million dollars. They are now worth anywhere from 1 to 25 million dollars for the same job you’re currently doing for 150k.
Some say that the job itself can often have unrealistic expectations. “Major stress (difficult deadlines and a large backlog of tasks), fear of failure when doing something important for the company. You will feel more stressed if your boss isn’t a software engineer. Many companies will expect you to work overtime.
There are some physical disadvantages. This job often requires little physical activity. Software engineers explain that you will be a very static worker, except for the walking to and from the bathroom, lunches or meetings, and driving to your car.
Another says, “Hygiene and health can deteriorate if you don’t take steps to prevent that.”
For many Valley programmers, burnout can result from the high pace, long hours and constant stress. One person described it as: “At first, I thought exhaustion was like being tired after running a marathon. After three days you get up and are ready to go for the next race. It isn’t even close. Although I am tired, after working 60 hours per week for four months, and having been to China three times, I don’t really care —-.. It’s amazing to me that I feel this way because of my passion.
Despite all the drawbacks, software engineers still love their jobs. One wrote, “Life in the Valley is difficult and different.” Overall, I wouldn’t trade this life for anything. You work with great products, create great hardware and make things move faster in all the chaos. It’s thrilling, to put it mildly, despite the lack sleep. It was a wonderful trip.
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