Considering to move from enterprise to startup
I've been working in big financial companies most of my 10 YOE career. Things haven't been too well lately, I'm SWE however half of my time is wasted on raising/following up and responding to tickets, emails and other red tape fluff. I barely get to do any development work anymore and when I do - it's wrapped into so many specs, agile practices and meetings that even trivial changes become a drag. Hell, mundane bugfixing and even digging through logs to fix incident in stage env are exciting compared to the rest.
WLB is great, at least on paper - 9 to 6.
When sh*t hits the fan I can work overtime or until late night (e.g. until 3-4am) fir several days with no issues and I like it because at moments like this bureocracy takes a backseat everything becomes about getting actual work done.
But generally by the end of the day I feel like squeezed 🍋.
I was considering to move to startup or smaller company where I could be a normal developer again. I was thinking what if it would be even crazier there and I'd burn out in a month.
Has anyone tried to move from BigCorp to small company? What was it like?