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QuestionLooking for some advice, insights and perspective on current job situation Pin
musicm12217-Oct-14 11:54
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Dear CP forum people,

I'm stuck in a bit of a rut and looking for some outside perspective from other developers.

So I've been working for this company for about 9 months (remote) and have been doing some level of tech support and product installation with the understanding that I would be doing this until I have a solid understanding of the product. Well this isn't true so much anymore and now this is an indefinite thing because I need to be available as an alternate to the other 2 tech support\deployment folks. I've been screwing up pretty bad on the tech support side as I have a really hard time with doing tech support and coding combined and have an even harder time doing arbitrary processes related "things" for the sake of doing them instead of trying to improve them and streamline. The situation has gotten to the point where I do very little actual coding from week to week if not after hours.

I have made a number of suggestions throughout the course of my time at this company on ways we could cut down as a whole on install\deployment if we automate the software deployment workflow and simplify some things about the UX for ease of product usage instead of writing a ton more documentation and throwing more Tech Support at it. I've made suggestions about this for quite some time but it doesn't seem like I'm really getting anywhere and I spend more time worrying about tech support related issues than anything else. Much of it comes from them being a company that had 1 programmer who was the CTO and part-owner up until now and this person has largely been unfamiliar with any architectural design or good programming practices. (i.e. lots of copy paste and single letter variables, deploys via windows form app and lots of copying and pasting in vb.net 2.0 up until recently )

The biggest reasons for me wanting to stay are that I have more time with my daughter by working from home, the hours are not bad, the pay is good and that I've hopped around a good bit,sometimes as a contractor and sometimes not, for about once a year up until now and I'm really not trying to be labeled a "flight risk" either. I'm trying to stick it out but I'm not sure I see things getting better.

I do love what I do when what I do is software development and design. More specifically, creating or improving software systems in ways that make life easier for developers, customers and co-workers. I see a lot of potential for doing that in this job but given the current constraints and maybe my instability to provide a convincing argument for doing just that I'm not sure I will ever actually be doing it.

But maybe no one is ever really happy with work and I'm silly for thinking otherwise.

modified 17-Oct-14 18:03pm.

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