I currently work in tech, but I’m personally not a techie. I’m more customer facing.

I’m surrounded by software engineers though & my last 3 companies have been hellish with pushing that team building shit so hard you choke on it. I woke up one day and realized our company culture was actually quite culty.

Would this type of position be great for an introvert who wants to work remotely (or at a minimum, mostly alone in a quiet area). I have befriended coworkers on my own, but can’t stand having 2 team building meetings a week, icebreakers at every meeting that waste time, picnics/retreats, etc.

I want to go to work to work. Not play house.

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  • JeremyAultCyberSec

    November 7, 2021

    I think that, in most cases, a company’s culture will reach in to every department and aspect.

    So no – I don’t think being in Cybersecurity will shield you from it.

    The key is to find a good company with a good culture. There are many.

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  • tallguyogden

    November 7, 2021

    That team building crap has been around for 25 years. You can avoid it, but it will often make you an outsider within the company. So as soon as they need to lay someone off, your name is at the top. I worked through a Christmas party one year, and had to sit with the CTO and CEO the next day and explain why. Other companies have had picnics during my off days that I never showed up to. I, personally, tried to make it to personal things with my team. Birthday parties, house warming, visa celebration, etc… if it was corporate, no, if it was a colleague, yes.

    Most company’s seems to do it. Find a manager that respects your privacy. Remember when interviewing to ask questions about company culture and activities.

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