No interest to work. Is it just me?

Apr 16, 2019 326 Comments

I am new to being a SWE and to the corporate world. I feel unenthusiastic and don't want to work at all.

Some context:

At this moment, I have no good guidance/lead at work. And, my team usually WFH and I'm the only one who comes to office daily. This makes it so much harder to have a good relationship with the team members. School was so much better, we as team members used to talk, work together, have lunch, go out. None of that happens at work.

I finish the tasks assigned, but, I don't have any motivation to do them. I also feel large portion of the work which I do is monotonous on legacy systems. I feel like I'm not learning anything.

When I'm stuck at work, I'm stuck, as my lead hardly knows how to guide me. And, everything is tribal knowledge amongst team members. Zero documentation and bare minimum automated testing.

I don't know what I'm doing with my life and at work. I feel I should change companies. But, cannot as I'm waiting for my work visa.

Am I a bad fit for SWE career? Or is it just my team?

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  • Facebook
    Nevernude

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    Nevernudemore
    Yeah, welcome to the rat race
    Apr 16, 2019 10
    • Google
      felS50

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      felS50more
      Apr 16, 2019
    • Google
      felS50

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      felS50more
      Oh whoops accidentally butt-dialed my green onions 😂
      Apr 16, 2019
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay2
    I don’t think you’ll be happy anywhere
    Apr 16, 2019 60
    • SAP / Eng nolongrsap
      An example of helpful feedback by ^
      Apr 19, 2019
    • Grab 321497
      Atinlay2, it’s time you changed the username
      Apr 19, 2019
  • Homeaway starbuc
    Its the same everywhere
    Apr 16, 2019 7
    • Airbnb / Eng lim
      Not true ;)
      Apr 16, 2019
    • Coinbase / Eng YdEg78
      It’s not the same everywhere, but you have to work to get into a company that you like. My first job sucked but it allowed me to get into a company that I liked. You have to fight to find a way to work on things that interest you.
      Apr 16, 2019
  • You are mentioning things that don’t gel well with your personality and a lack of a quidance as a new developer and you re thinking that you are not a good software engineer? Why would you put that burden on yourself? 1, don’t expect co workers to be friends but also find co workers u can have lunch with. Find your own fun outside of work 2. Sounds like bad culture at your job 3. Find a job with better team culture and then ask the question again
    Apr 16, 2019 7
    • 1. You might not, let’s just put that out there. You are co workers so that you can get alone, be respectful to each other, and get the job done. The satisfaction you are looking for must come from your own friends and family. You are setting yourself up for disappointment if you don’t. You can find awesome co workers but you might not as well.

      2. Yes

      3. Couldn’t you apply other places that would sponsor you? If not, use the next 6 months to keep studying. It’s hard esp when you are drained from an unpleasant day at work but it’s better to do it now than to start studying in October and realize you’re not passing any interviews. Trust this advice. At some point or another, you will have a job or team that you don’t like and you’re going to have to fight for what you want
      Apr 16, 2019
    • Asurion rm -rf /
      @OP - Look, I felt the same way. The coworkers being driven and motivated have the ability to infect motivation into you. I have seen it myself. If you are in a situation where you can’t quit, try finding motivation in a different challenge, like gym, biking, walk miles. Set up goals in your personal life and I can tell you it has helped me.

      In the meanwhile, prepare. Leetcode can motivate too. Gather the ammunition that you will need when you get to October. Read technology books, they are extremely enlightening. Preparation took months for me and I got offers from Google and Amazon.
      Apr 17, 2019
  • Indeed / Other
    unikorn

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    Nope
    unikornmore
    Fucking millennial
    Apr 16, 2019 2
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay2
      ^This
      Apr 16, 2019
    • Oracle / IT
      l00tb0x

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      l00tb0xmore
      Fucking boomer ...
      Apr 16, 2019
  • New / Design
    tacosmello

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    tacosmellomore
    Ahhhh that sucks. I’m sorry you’re experiencing this but it’s actually a lesson. You’re pain is real and it’s telling you something. It’s telling what you value and crave out of work.

    The antithesis of the things you’re describing exists. You’ve got to take what you can out of your current situation, and better yourself on the side too. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR CAREER.

    It’s a startling statement, but also empowering and awesome if you act on it.

    You’re not a bad fit for your career choice. You’re at a bad fit for this company and team. Those aren’t the same things at all.

    Congrats on identifying a problem. Now devise a way to fix it and act. You can do this.
    Apr 16, 2019 1
    • Apple 143143
      🙏 I needed to hear that too.
      Apr 16, 2019
  • DigitalOcean / Eng jetlag
    Literally no one wants to work. We do it for the money so we can fuck off at the end of the day and live our lives. Even at the best jobs, this holds true.
    Apr 16, 2019 3
    • Microsoft
      OIC-u812

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      OIC-u812more
      I haven’t had to work for many years, but I do because I enjoy it. I still negotiate my salary and try to get increased scope, but it’s not because I must, it’s because I want to. I’m even taking a new job at a new company now because I want something more challenging.
      Apr 17, 2019
    • New / R&D CanEng
      Please don’t speak for all of humanity. Yes, that’s true for the vast majority of people but not all. I absolutely love to work given the right project.
      Apr 17, 2019
  • New wGsQ24
    Don't be discouraged by the responses here. Your work place situation is not normal. You should move to a more motivated workplace where people don't work on legacy stuff and don't wfh all the time. It makes a world of a difference early in your career. Later on, it can be more productive to work remotely as one gets more focused time.
    Apr 16, 2019 2
    • New wGsQ24
      Especially ignore folks who say this is expected and you are entitled. I think others have settled for what they have, which is their choice. You have a choice to go to a place where people do interesting work. Don't sell yourself short 😉
      Apr 16, 2019
    • F5 Networks / Eng moveon?
      OP
      Thank you!!
      Apr 16, 2019
  • Capital One ssn123
    I was just gonna post something like this.
    Apr 16, 2019 2
    • F5 Networks / Eng moveon?
      OP
      Damn, I'm not alone.
      Apr 16, 2019
    • Accolade / Eng JefN
      I already post the same 2 days back, just got 2 comments and one of them was depressing from that guy from the oath.
      Apr 17, 2019
  • Facebook mHkk09
    Sounds like you should find a job where the team doesn't WFH
    Apr 16, 2019 10
    • New / Eng
      TechLeed

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      TechLeedmore
      Take advantage of the free time and learn.
      Apr 16, 2019
    • Affirm wn8
      That’s a huge about of WFH, lots of teams aren’t like that. Mine for example... people WFH maybe only once every month.
      Apr 16, 2019

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