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Old 08-21-2006, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default Ugh, are there any FUN software jobs out there?

I've been in the software engineering (read: code-monkey) game for the last six years. While I like writing software and such, I'm really getting sick of my current job. The pay is great, the benefits are top-notch, but I'm just feeling like its time to move on.

Of course, my dream job would be doing video game software, but everything I've read/heard about that points to it being really hardcore working conditions (i.e., minimum 60-hour work weeks, twice that during crunch time).

My degree is in Computer Engineering -- it's really all I know. I suppose I could go back to school, but that's tough when I'm already under the mortgage anvil. So is anyone out there in a similar situation who really LIKES getting up to go to work in the morning?
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:56 AM   #2
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haha maybe u dont really like what you do
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:58 AM   #3
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familiarity breeds contempt as they say..
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:59 AM   #4
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another reason I went into the hardware side of computers. Screw sitting at a computer all day typing code.
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Old 08-21-2006, 01:13 AM   #5
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IMO all software jobs are the same, it's the environment that makes the difference. I bet you'd be having a lot more fun if you worked at Google. I really enjoy my code monkey job right now. I'm in a position where I'm kind of the jack of all trades... I get Perl, Java, and JavaScript projects all the time, and switching up the languages makes things more interesting. Plus I work in the HIT industry, so I know that the software I write is helping people, and I know it's very important that it work correctly, which is motivation to do a better job. After 9 months with the company, they gave me an 8% raise!
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Old 08-21-2006, 02:05 AM   #6
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Having hung out at Heavy Iron Studio a bit, they have XBOX's and PS2's in every cubicle, TV's in every cubicle, a fully stocked free snack area and free sodas too.

Benefits are good

The culture is great.

I was offered a job as their sys admin.

But alas, I wasn't ready to move to LA anytime soon.

But with that said, their environment, their culture, everything, would make me want to work for them.

They themselves are moving towards .NET programming and Visual Basic. The PS2 is not as hot a topic as the XBOX and XBOX360 is. Funny thing is that is what made them big was their PS2 titles. But the industry seems to be moving to MS's platform.

I say go for it. If the culture is good, and you are generally happy with the company and the work you do, you will not mind putting in the hours. shoot I do 60 hours a week when I'm not under the gun for something. 80, if I am. And I do like where I work.
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Old 08-21-2006, 02:31 AM   #7
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Perret, i feel the exact same way as you do. I've been at this **** for 9 years. I've had enough... Not sure what else to do... I don't have a mortgage but still dont' understand how school is affordable anyway. (Who can afford $45k a year?!?!?!) Someday i'll figure it out... hopefully this year

The extra's are nice, and i have great benefits and stuff at my current place also, but it wouldn't matter if they gave us everything in the world, the bottom line is my core function isn't exciting to me anymore. At least that's the way i see it.
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Old 08-21-2006, 03:13 AM   #8
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I've been in the software engineering (read: code-monkey) game for the last six years. While I like writing software and such, I'm really getting sick of my current job. The pay is great, the benefits are top-notch, but I'm just feeling like its time to move on.

Of course, my dream job would be doing video game software, but everything I've read/heard about that points to it being really hardcore working conditions (i.e., minimum 60-hour work weeks, twice that during crunch time).

My degree is in Computer Engineering -- it's really all I know. I suppose I could go back to school, but that's tough when I'm already under the mortgage anvil. So is anyone out there in a similar situation who really LIKES getting up to go to work in the morning?
You should become a hax0r.
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Old 08-21-2006, 07:24 AM   #9
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My hubby is a software engineer right now...he's working on a master's in Information Technology with his concentration in Game Programming. This is a partially online program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I know he would love to work the long hours, as long as he was working on a project he really loved.

Do you check out Gamasutra for job openings?
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Old 08-21-2006, 07:50 AM   #10
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I've been in the software engineering (read: code-monkey) game for the last six years. While I like writing software and such, I'm really getting sick of my current job. The pay is great, the benefits are top-notch, but I'm just feeling like its time to move on.

Of course, my dream job would be doing video game software, but everything I've read/heard about that points to it being really hardcore working conditions (i.e., minimum 60-hour work weeks, twice that during crunch time).

My degree is in Computer Engineering -- it's really all I know. I suppose I could go back to school, but that's tough when I'm already under the mortgage anvil. So is anyone out there in a similar situation who really LIKES getting up to go to work in the morning?
that's why i specifically stayed away from writing code. no code monkeys enjoy their job, and just about all of them are pale, shriveled albinos (not always their fault... they get worked to the bone).
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:48 AM   #11
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A friend of mine works at ThoughtWorks. He started there at $75k, flies around the world, and is challenged every day. They are tough to get into though... you have to really know what you are doing.

http://www.thoughtworks.com

Have a look.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:58 AM   #12
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start your own software or web company?

or get some simple job while you write code for your own company?

as soon as i can make the equiv to what i am making now doing my own thing, i will quit my current cube job and work at the library or something.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:59 AM   #13
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No.

Next thread.
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:30 AM   #14
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No.
Been doing it for 14 years now.
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:35 AM   #15
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Yes. But only if you are working with bleeding edge code. Otherwise, it is just repetitive.
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Old 08-21-2006, 11:06 AM   #16
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Yes. But only if you are working with bleeding edge code. Otherwise, it is just repetitive.
no...doesn't matter.
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Old 08-21-2006, 11:09 AM   #17
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Uhm, yes, it does matter. When you are constantly challenged every day it makes it fun.
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:20 PM   #18
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Uhm, yes, it does matter. When you are constantly challenged every day it makes it fun.

Agreed.

Unless it's maintenance tasks.
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Old 08-21-2006, 11:15 PM   #19
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Challenged everyday also blows - Challenged every week is ok. But I wouldn't want to have to bang my head against the desk every day because of a challenge :P

I think environment is what makes people tick. The culture, the people you work with/for, the mission, etc. You become part of the energy. If the energy blows, you'll hate your work. If the energy is good, you'll fly high. SYNERGY!!

I am management material.
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