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Real answers to questions about work and life in software development.

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Aug 8, 2021

It's not only about getting a job - it's about getting the right one. But how can you figure out if a company that makes you an offer is actually a company you want to work for?


This episode describes a few non-obvious factors, like how the stage of life or the type of company influences what kind of workplace it will be. We also go deeper into what kind of companies employ software engineers, and what that means for you as an employee.


Articles mentioned in the episode:

Joel Spolsky: Five worlds (

Patrick McKenzie: Do not end the week with nothing (