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Discussion on: What's the thing you hate the most about being a programmer?

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David R. • Edited

Visibility of work or impact. I'm working at a subsidiary of a large corporation and development is not our key business. In theory I have a 9-5 job. In practice I pull some all-nighter at home here and there because I work best in total isolation. Thus I'm only around the office every now and then for a few hours, because the distractions are getting me nowhere.

Colleagues not involved in my projects do either not know what I am doing or think I'm rarely working. When in fact I work more hours than I am paid for.

So, finding balance and doing meaningful work are my top issues currently.