I’m glad the forum is back.
Last time I checked in, I mentioned I was let go (illegally but that’s another story) and was about to accept a job offer.
I was worried about the workload. It’s a small team and the company is pretty much run like a startup. I didn’t know if I could handle it but the salary was so much better that I thought I would give it a shot.
Well it turns out my gut feeling was right. It’s been 6 months since I started and I want to quit.
I have to deal with so many interruptions. I’m a backend developer (ruby, rails) which means that pretty much every issue is somewhat related to my projects.
Our business has a live mobile app (ios and android) used by 80k+ users and there are always issues to deal with every day. The problem is we don’t have a dedicated group for operations/day to day issues. So sometimes there are issues that need to be addressed right away and I have to put my priorities on hold… which means I’m late.
I’ve had a hard time meeting my deadlines and I always feel like people are pressuring me to deliver… asking me for time estimates etc. I’ve had to work late many times and in fact I don’t think I’ve had a regular 40hrs work week in 2 months.
I didn’t take one single vacation day since I joined. I’ve had to delay my vacation because there was simply too many projects to complete.
They have hired 2 developers recently. One is a junior which means I have to help him out and mentor him. The other one is senior and has not lowered my workload so far. Hopefully he’ll catch up soon.
I’ve had a hard time coming to the office before 10am and I live very close.
We use slack and it just doesn’t stop.
I’ve been seeing a psychiatrist at an anxiety clinic and while I understand what triggers my anxiety, I’m totally lost when it comes to deal with it. Sometimes I think I should just stick to the 8hr/day workday and not give a shit but having people pressuring me everyday makes me so anxious I feel forced into a 10-12hrs a day schedule.
I’m a really patient guy but lately I’ve felt so close to completely lose it.