At work, they decided to use a 3rd party PDF editor. Allegedly, it has the ability to edit the PDF and save the changes back to our server. I write “allegedly”, because I couldn’t get it to work.
That’s offensive. It’s a buggy POS, but it’s my fault because I can’t magically make it work. “You’re a smart guy! You should be able to make it work!” ignores the fact that I’m experienced enough to recognize garbage. I’m experienced enough to recognize when the tech support guy is giving me evasive answers and trying to emotionally intimidate me.
The other programmer says “They advertise a lot! They must have a good product!” I responded “That only proves they have a marketing budget. That doesn’t prove they have a good product.”
The owner said “Their tech support guy is cool! You’ll like him!” He was a total douchebag. He was stonewalling and avoiding my question. He was trying to emotionally intimidate me, rather than answer my question.
The owner is a douchebag and the tech support guy is a douchebag. They have the same personality type. Unfortunately, that isn’t the personality type that leads to good software.
I’m mostly convinced that it’s a buggy POS. They have a lot of marketing and evil salesmen and evil tech support. That’s enough to convince evil owners to buy the product.
I reached the limit of the abuse that I’m willing to accept. I’m unemployed again. They were abusive. They were getting worse and worse. Instead of appreciating me, they were getting angry that I wasn’t reading their minds, regarding what features to implement.