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Discussion on: Is coding a work-for-free popularity contest?

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James Hood

One way could be to join a large company with a good growth path for developers internally. I worked in a large company for several years where there was no expectation of creating an external brand or working on side projects. That said, I left that position because I didn’t find the work interesting.

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Donald Author

Even that would've been nice for me. The last true dev job (before being a "CTO," I guess) was relatively large, but it was low paying and no growth path. There were a lot of excuses as to why, and it didn't help that the work wasn't interesting.

They did have a team who worked on interesting things, but HR/headcount politics got in the way, and I ended up on the team who just kept the lights on for typical CRUD apps.