As a software engineer in the very general "web development" space, what is your opinion about looking to work at big companies like Cisco, Pizza Hut, Nike, and the like? I know it's a very generalized question, but if you ignore FANG and the flashy startups of the world, what kind of companies are worth shooting for if you're optimizing for learning and career growth, especially for non-traditional applicants? (most of the engineers at my company don't have a CS degree).
A few more more-or-less representative examples:
-Bank of (insert anything here), excluding quant-trading positions
-Walmart, Kroger, Costco
-VMware, Adobe, Intuit
-Adidas, Under Armour, Sports Authority
-Ford, GE, Texas Instruments
I could go on, but hopefully that gets the point across. Hit me with any questions, or if I'm just asking the wrong/dumb questions. Thanks people.
This distinction is more important than big-boring vs small-exciting.