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Comment: Re:Um. WRONG. (Score 1) 323

No. Music industry has shown this to be false. Now that I can get good music for a reasonable price without DRM, it's much less hassle to go buy it then pirate it. More than anything, I am lazy and want simple. If you provide that to me at a reasonable cost, I'll happily pay it.

Comment: Re:Companies aren't passionate about you... (Score 1) 533

by Dracolytch (#46133871) Attached to: The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

I've worked for a number of companies. Many have treated their employees as disposable. Some have not. I've lasted much longer, and done better work, at those that have not. I've found that working for companies that don't have stockholders much preferable to those companies that do. The best places I've worked are a) non-profits (Again, the paycheck is only 95% of high-end competitive. 5% is a price I'm willing to pay for a non-shit work environment), and b) Companies small enough that you actually know the owner.

Comment: Re:Always looking for passionate programmers (Score 1) 533

by Dracolytch (#46131889) Attached to: The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

Hi.. The OP you're quoting here:

Yes, what you've talked about is what I've experienced in for-profit industry... But here at a non-profit research lab, it's not like that at all.

Freedom to study/use new technologies so long as they apply to your projects. Crunch time is 45-50 hours a week, and so far I've only had 3 weeks of crunch time in the last year. Salaries aren't super-duper awesome, but they are competitive, but they also have the best benefit package I've seen anywhere.

Also, I don't have employees: I'm just a developer now. I gave up management to go back to developing, because I ~am~ a passionate developer. There is an extremely strong technical track here which will likely allow me to remain a developer for the rest of my career, if that's what I choose.

These great jobs in software ~are~ out there... You have to find them, and be the kind of person they want to hire.

Comment: Re:Always looking for passionate programmers (Score 4, Interesting) 533

by Dracolytch (#46122449) Attached to: The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

I work for an academic non-profit, been there about a year. Happier here then I've been anywhere else in my career.

The salaries are on the low-end of competitive. However, there is a point at which more money no longer truly motivates me, and I passed that years ago. Now, there are other cultural things which do motivate me. They include:

I'm not the only person who's at the top of their game. It's nice to be able to really learn from others.
I get to go home on the evenings, and the weekends.
I can work from home when it's practical.
I don't have someone hawking over me.
I have a large amount of freedom to execute the work in a manner which makes sense to me (This is why people who care about their craft are important!)
I have interesting and very difficult problems to solve.
The problems I solve aren't just about lining someone's pockets with money. There's more purpose here.

There are lots of places that survive off of hiring mediocrity, and have controls/standards in place to help hedge that (Extensive code standards, technology restrictions, other bureaucratic controls). Some people are VERY comfortable with that level of constraint. In those kinds of places I have quickly grown frustrated and unhappy. Of course, those places that survive off of mediocrity ALSO think they want passionate developers... But very often they don't really, they just want people who will work super extra hard but not ask questions nor challenge the system. It's up to the candidate to distinguish between the two.

Comment: Always looking for passionate programmers (Score 3, Insightful) 533

by Dracolytch (#46122241) Attached to: The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

So, when managing, I'm always looking for passionate developers. Here's why:

Where I work, there are no grunts. There are no people who mindlessly grind out code. We're not building yet another website: We're solving hard problems, and we want everyone to contribute. To contribute with value, you need to not stagnate in one technology for half your career. You need to be well-read about software. And while we work very few weekends, sometimes there are longer days (like anywhere).

When I mean I'm looking for a passionate developer, I'm looking for someone who cares about their craft, not just someone who shows up to close bug tickets and collect a paycheck.

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