Once upon a time, I worked for Lockheed Martin. Government jobs just hurt. They're hopeless affairs with important decsions being made by people hundreds of miles away.
So I went into the private sector and helped raise the barn on some Ruby On Rails-oriented startups, namely Ma.gnolia.com and Mog.com. After 2 years in the social networking circuit, I've was hired by Powerset, a San Francisco based internet search company. It was amazing. Years after it got acquired, I ended up at BankSimple for awhile, and now have gone to Crowdflower.com