| ||Ask HN: Is it possible to get pigeonholed to certain company sizes/cultures?|
59 points by amazonavocado on Aug 26, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 57 comments |
|I've seen people speculate if they've been pigeonholed in their career, in terms of being stuck with certain technlogy stacks, or tools, or a type of industry. I wonder about something else, if you can get pigeonholed to a limited set of company sizes and cultures.|
I feel like I'm pigeonholed with only being able to be hired by very small companies. Fewer than 20 employees small. No fortune 500's, not even any full-time benefits or 401(k). They're very unstable too. I usually lose my job before I could get another one lined up. I had roughly $8000 in my bank account when I graduated and today, ten years later I have only about $400.
I want out of companies that constantly make me walk a tight rope of self-care. I want to ask am I pigeonholed? Because I cast a wide net with job applications, going to larger companies. Even some major ones like Amazon, Cloudflare and Coinbase have phone interviewed me. But they don't want to hire me. Like maybe these smaller companies are giving me a stigma.
Am I stuck in the small company loop forever? Unless I make some major lifestyle change like getting a master's degree or completely changing my personality it seems to be the case.
So what do you think about this sort of pigeonholing? Have you been pigeonholed in a similar sense whether stuck with large companies, small companies or anywhere in between?
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