I can relate.
The Suburban Nihilist


Last sentence:
 “I skip right past all the minefields of political gossip bullshit with the cost of never becoming the boss.”

I don’t know how it works in software or suit and tie TPS report world but, in engineering you have to advance the company, document it, jump ship to the next company, rinse, and repeat. That is the only real way to climb the wage latter in the US. Doesn’t matter whether you work for a one-off fab company or a multi-billion dollar widgit company.