Job Criteria

Why did I apply for your job?   I have six major criteria. 1) Salary range, self explanatory 2) Remote only.  I inherited my mom five years ago so my mobility is limited 3) Company size.  I look for small companies, usually under 50 people but occasionally I apply for 200

Why did I apply for your job?  

I have six major criteria.

1) Salary range, self explanatory

2) Remote only.  I inherited my mom five years ago so my mobility is limited

3) Company size.  I look for small companies, usually under 50 people but occasionally I apply for 200 to 500.  Large companies have more people than work, smaller companies have more work than people.  That changes internal dynamics so larger companies tend towards more animosity, conflict, turf battles.

4) Interesting technical domain.  I've done a lot of business software and many of those jobs are boring.  I'm looking to be engaged and challenged.

5) Red Flags. I avoid job descriptions which gush about their wonderful inclusive culture, diversity, 50% female, etc.   I'll have to endure a group interview and even if I got hired I'd be the Diversity Cleanup Guy, fixing mediocre stuff because hiring is for a social result instead of delivering a product.

6) Dishonesty. I avoid the disreputable companies like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  They've engaged in unethical misuse of information for many years, the latest example being the coordinated suppression of the truth about the COVID vaccines.  And it's not worth fighting the egos.

I also look at company location with a preference for West Coast.  

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