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Sounds like you went the corporate route in your career, which is totally fine. Compared to the startup route, it has its pros and cons, one of which is HR filters and people gaming the system to advance their careers. Just wanted to say that it’s not everyone’s experience, there’s a whole other world where that’s not a problem, but.. you know, there are different issues.

The startups are even worse when it comes to ageism, “culture fit”, and overwork.

As they say, you can find something wrong with everything.

Yeah, but don’t you find it a bigger deal that “what’s wrong” is the bro culture, crazy work ours, and ageism?

We’ve all heard horror stories, of course, but I think it would be a mistake to generalize it to the whole industry because we don’t hear about the startups that have perfectly mundane work hours and reasonable diversity.

Don’t get me wrong, those things are problems that need to be addressed, but in my limited experience it doesn’t seem to be as common as it might appear.

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