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In the book Chaos Monkey [1], Antonio Garcia Martinez writes:

  I recall very little from the interviews, except a comment from 
  one of the DabbleDB engineers. After getting through the stress 
  questions, I asked him, "So what do you like most about Twitter?"
  
  By this point, we'd build a decent rapport, so with a nod and a 
  wink, he said, "Well, you know, in companies like Facebook and 
  Google, they serve you breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here at Twitter, 
  they one serve you breakfast and lunch."
  
  I cringed inwardly. So the big selling point was that nobody worked 
  late into the night, so we could have that chimerical work-life 
  balance? I smiled to keep the warm vibe going. But that comment more 
  than anything else sealed my decision. I was not going to blow the 
  biggest career wad of my life on a company that hesitated to work 
  past six p.m. daily.
  
[1]: https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Monkeys-Obscene-Fortune-Failure...



This mode of thinking is apparently common, and yet so alien to me... When you're 80 looking back, are you really going to wish you'd put in more hours making Dorsey or Brin & Page or whoever more money? At the expense of your own life beyond a company which doesn't and never will care about you except as a replaceable factor of production?

[Dear any future employers who've bothered to de-anonymize me off Hacker News: Just kidding! I'm all about long hours and have no interests or loved ones outside of working for you!]




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