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You can totally do that in a FAANG. It's hard, but it's a recognized archetype.

These companies usually expect advancement, and advancement requires participation-in/production-of higher and higher level design/architecture. You can hang around for a few years, but eventually people are going to ask why you're not progressing. Depending on the FAANG you'll either be stack-rank laid off, or put on a PIP and pushed to voluntarily leave.

EDIT to add: On the contrary, non-FAANG is where you want to go. At many non-FAANG type companies you advance based on a combination of success and tenure. You'll accumulate raises and promotions just as a function of sticking around doing your job.

I know, because at such a company I became a manager and then was made aware that a person reporting to me was making twice as much as me. Because he had been there 10+ years, just producing code.

Are you sure he wasn’t making twice as much because he brought more value? There is no reason that your report shouldn’t make more than you. In fact I’d love to manage a team where everyone makes more than me. That would be amazing!

What I meant to say by "just producing code" was that he wasn't having much of an impact on people around him. He was producing a regular amount of good code. He just had been there forever.

I agree completely that there's nothing wrong with managers making less money than people they're managing. The only reason I mentioned that he reported to me is because that's the only way I became aware of his salary.

You can do that...work at a company and just make more money without learning anything new. But more than likely your job will end before you are ready and you will find it impossible to get another job. While I do think ageism is overblownef for experienced developers who have kept their skills current, it’s almost impossible for an older person who hasn’t kept their skills current to find work even as a junior developer.

Disclaimer: I’m in my mid 40s.

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