What is it like working as a Software Engineer?
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.
Software Engineer in Tulsa:
"Paid to play mind games in a casual and fun environment."
Pros: Interesting and stimulating, I never get bored. High sense of accomplishment, great compensation.
Cons: Non-software companies do not treat software engineers as well as they should.
Software Engineer in Oakton:
Pros: Problem solving, working with great people. The feeling like I am contributing to something.
Cons: Depending on the job, periods of crunch where work either requires or strongly desires over 40 hours of work. Scheduling work plans with non-work plans can be hard especially on relationships.
Stress is usually high during these periods.
Software Engineer in San Diego:
Pros: I work on robotics, which doesn't apply to every software engineering position. It is very interesting and you get to work on unsolved problems rather than just producing more of the same for a different customer.
Cons: It can be hard to get everyone headed in the same direction on a project.
Software Engineer in Reston:
"Creating Great Software Everyday."
Pros: Everyday is a new challenge as a software engineer which really helps keep work from getting boring. There is always a new technology and a new skill you need to pick up. Nothing is more rewarding than shipping a product on time!
Cons: Bugs and testing is probably the least fun part of my day to day responsibilities. But it really pays off in the long term.
Hopefully you're writing good enough code that you don't have to do much of it!