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So I've been hired as a senior software developer with all the tags included (mentoring, innovating, pushing forward changes) for a company that is trying to move away from waterfall development (yup, it's 2019 and this exists) to a more iterative workflow.
I was initially hired and sent out to do some "field work" abroad for 3 months and then worked "remotely" from the local office with our field partners.
During all this time it seemed that my ideas go through smoothly, there was a lot of chatter about how things are moving forward, how new projects, innovations and new methodologies are implemented.
And yet, after my "remote" work has finished and I have to do things locally more, all of the skeletons fell out. It's just talk, nothing seems to be changing at all and yet any attempts to talk with the brass is like hitting a brick wall.
Not only that, I've been handed a 12 year old project with no possibility to refactor, no technical documentation, very few comments and in a terrible style.
The atmosphere in the company is odd as hell. People are either not very initiative, nor they seem to really care about all of the "changes" that "should be happening".
It almost feels that I've arrived in a company that still lives in 2007 more or less.
Should I quit, or perhaps it's a little "too soon" (have spent 7 months in the place already)? What I don't want is to get in the same train again (work for a company for 8 - 12 months, feel burned out because of the divergence between actual things done and "plans" and then change the job).

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  • 2
    Ideally, I'd give an ultimatum: let me do what I'm hired to do or I'm leaving. I highly doubt they will break their x years of doing things the same way by pure chance. Change is intentional.
  • 5
    Hand the 12 year old project back together with your resignation. Nothing is going to change, there is no motivation for it to do so. Get out!
  • 2
    Thanks, I was getting slowly insane thinking I'm not getting something properly. But the phrase "change is intentional" goes well in this situation.
  • 1
    Sounds like you are at a medical, finance or insurance company.
  • 1
    @lastNick almost. It's a company trying leer away from, but still mostly doing governmental projects
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