Is Work in Big Tech Incompatible with Job Satisfaction?

Daniel Pink argues in “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” that motivators historically used in the workplace (the promise of monetary rewards and the fear of punishment) are less effective in the information age. His new prescription for a highly motivated and satisfied workforce is based on three ingredients: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

From my personal experience, I’m starting to suspect that, for lower-level employees in big tech firms, autonomy, mastery, and purpose are out of reach, making work for many in Big Tech incompatible with job satisfaction.

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