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The futility of working in a bank, or probably any other big corporation.

I was working in a small dev team that made improvements to the applications and processes of the department we were in. I was given the project of creating a small data entry system to track some communications. The comms were currently stored in a spreadsheet and had no validation which made any analysis of the data difficult.

Boring but easy, should have taken about a week.

We had 3 meetings just to define requirements, they took about a month to send me their shitty little spreadsheet so I could actually see what they were recording. Over the next 2 months they kept changing what they wanted. Finally got it finished just before I went on maternity leave.

Went off thinking, that I’ll never have to deal with that clusterfuck again.

Had a baby, went back 9 months later.

First thing I got given was that shitty project back. They hadn’t even tested it - in 9 fucking months! I transferred departments not long after. I have no idea if it ever got done.

And that is on my list of reasons as to why I’ll never work in a large corporate again.

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    My problem with working in large companies is bureaucracy and the fact that despite the fancy titles of your co-workers, they are often less competent than the developers you'd find in smaller companies. They brag about their standards when all it does is slow everything down and give you a sense of being elite working for them. The tasks are broken down into so little pieces the same way Jesus divided one bread and gave it to all the employees who were hired because the company has so much money to waste and had to brag about their company's growth in number of employees.

    All of these stress out the very few competent developers that work for them.
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    @rutee07 yep the bureaucracy was terrible. My first week there I had to write a business case to have development tools on my PC, even though my job title was developer.

    They wasted so much time filling in forms and having meetings as people’s time wasn’t counted as a cost but then wouldn’t spend a penny on training because it was too expensive.
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    Sometimes the bureaucracy is just rubber stamping. When I needed to give a business case to get local admin rights, I just put "to develop code", it got approved ok
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