Thanks Rick.
Bill Sullivan
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Increase awareness is the only answer I have.

Most employers are not maliciously bad, they are just ignorant and fail to do the math on productivity, quality, retention and work environment, so they don’t see the issue in simple business terms of cost-benefit. They think a cool office with a foosball table equals an attractive work environment for engineers. So that’s what they sell, “a great place to work”, which often works initially. Only afterwards do developers find out it may be a great place, but not to actually do any work…

Developers on their part should be more confident about their market value and more vocal (openly towards their employers, not just by bitching about it on Hacker News). And stop falling for gimmicks and “perks”. Non-engineers are quick to dismiss such developers as prima donnas, but that’s their loss.

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