How about a job where the only person who fully understands the product the company
is producing are the two founders?
Wow, that brings back memories.
When I first got out of school, I interviewed for a
job where I would be doing the programming for a scientific
experiment that was due to fly on the space shuttle.
Sounds great, doesn't it?
I went down to University of Maryland for the interview, and the
folks there liked me fine. Everyone there was really nice,
and it seemed like a good job in many ways. But there
was one glaring problem.
Nobody there could tell me what the experiment was about
or what my programs would have to do. Nobody knew.
They kept saying what a shame it was that I had come down to
visit on the day when Dr. so-and-so wasn't around, because
he could have told me everything. Hmmmm.
I was too green to know whether it would be easy or hard to
get another job offer, whether I was being wise or foolish
in throwing away the opportunity.
I hadn't yet learned that my instinct (Run! Run away!) was
absolutely correct. But
even then I knew the smell of trouble, and I didn't
take the job.
A year and a half later, when their shuttle went up,
the apparatus wasn't on it.