An anonymous reader writes: We hear in the news all the time about how executives can drive a company into the ground and it somehow makes them more desirable to be picked up by other big companies. What we don't hear about too often is about the grunts who implemented those decisions, and whether or not they end up resume-stained or blacklisted. Since we've got so many developers with lots of time in the trenches, I thought I would appeal to their experience. When disaster looms and sales starts pushing development that has little chance NOT to lead to catastrophe, what happens to the programmer who decides he needs his job enough to follow the orders? Have they ever become unhirable?