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Few days ago it was 5 years working remotely for a US company. Went all the way from early startup hell to a stable product. Workload is normal, no overtime or weekend emails needed, have freedom to experiment, bosses are fine, pay is not bad (lower than US obviously), 4w vacation, team is great, etc. Very low turnover among developers.

The funny thing is, except for the few C-level execs who post on LinkedIn on behalf of the company, I don't know how most of the people look like. ๐Ÿ˜ถ

We don't use video calls, and peoples avatars on Slack and Skype are either pets or default placeholders or some old blurry photos. If I were in a silent elevator ride next to someone who I communicate with every day, I wouldn't even know.

Sometimes I wonder if that's the perfect balance between work (service rendered in exchange for money) and detachment needed when we all end the day. We have no team building events or other "striving company culture" or other typical BS; we just don't care much about any of that.

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    Why do you even care about appearances? ๐Ÿค”
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    @irene I don't ๐Ÿ˜€ just having a morning coffee and sharing what I think is not typical (compared to most of my dev friends) and I'm trying to relate it to a relaxed work environment.

    Perhaps ability to detach from work, required for ones well-being, starts right there: not caring much about appearances simply by having no online appearance other than voice.
  • 1
    I enjoy talking face to face with my (current) co-workers.
    They fuel my problem-solving and they feel listened to
  • 3
    @6502 might be a bit intrusive but could you elaborate on how you found that remote position and if you ran into any issues?

    I've been thinking about crossing the bridge to fully remote for a while now...
  • 3
    I fully agree with u, although I also enjoy chatting with my coworkers.

    I work more or less fully remote (once in awhile I go to the office for fun)

    But this is definitely not for everyone! The most inportant factor is discipline. I know a lot if people who would just do ither stuff and in homeoffice ...
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    I will be meeting my coworkers in person this month, one of them I will be seeing for the first time. Never seen his face. Others I seen 1-2 times during 2 years.

    I find it as an asset to have a job like that. It gives you so much freedom.

    But of course with great power comes great responsibility.
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    @karasube There was a post at the local (Eastern Europe) job search website, by "talent recruiting agency", on behalf of client X. Once I passed the first test, which I assume was ability to communicate in English, what followed was a basic talk about my CV. They were in poor condition at the time (business wise) and I was desperate to take anything, so it was a win-win๐Ÿ˜†and really painless.

    We now conduct "proper" interviews, though.
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    @mojo2012 Well, we do chat sometimes about non-work related things, such as World Cup โšฝ๏ธ (quite a few of devs are from Latin America) and of course I googled them during the recruitment process, but still, I only have a poor profile image.

    But others, like managers, including my immediate superior who's approving my invoice (i.e. putting food on my table) every month, I don't even know what they look like.

    I'm not complaining, just sharing another remote dev's experience ๐Ÿค“
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