What is it like working as a Software Engineer?
Software Engineer in Seattle:
"Very rewarding, engrossing work."
Pros: Software engineers get the frequent satisfaction of fixing something and getting to see the effect of that fix. It's nearly instant gratification sometimes, which can be very satisfying. Also you learn a lot of skills you can use in your everyday life to make things work better.
Cons: A lot of sitting at a computer, so you might feel very drained and foggy at the end of the day. You also need to deal with very large, complex systems, where sometimes the difficulty isn't as much conceptual, as simply understanding what other people were trying to convey with their code.
Software Engineer in Atlanta:
"Flexible work, Very high stress, Great office and coworkers."
Pros: Production Support Engineers job. Offers a lot of potential for the future.
Good flexibility, Great coworkers.
Cons: Very high stress.
Very critical job that doesn't permit misses without compensation when doing great.
Absolutely no motivation from the employer.
Software Engineer in Southfield:
"Life of an Software Engineer."
Pros: The flexibility, the Flex time, The technology that is readily available, the ability to learn new languages, and new technologies as you go along, Low Stress levels, Office Conditions, Management, GE Culture.
Cons: The lack of direction when you are a new employee, Nothing having any set or concrete direction, everything just comes and goes as time passes.
Software Engineer in St. Louis:
Pros: Always learning and playing with new technologies. A sense of accomplishment and can find a lot of relaxed work environments. The pay and career growth is a great benefit as well.
Cons: Sitting in an office/cubicle all day.
Software Engineer in Irvine:
"Challenging and Exciting."
Pros: I like that I'm challenged everyday to solve new problems. It doesn't get repetitive very often. The people that I work with are friendly and laid-back but also intelligent and understanding of the tasks that need to be completed. Being in a smaller company allows for better interaction with the top people in the company. A smaller company also allows me to see the full cycle of products and be a real part of the integration. The pay is good compared to the national average especially coming out of college.
Cons: I don't like being in a cubicle for 8+ hours a day. While the pay is good, usually the area surrounding tech companies have extremely high in rent which causes some to commute. Commuting is something I really don't like either.