"Being a developer these days is both good and bad. "
See Dickens, Charles, A Tale of Two Cities for a better pair of contrasting statements. And tell me one thing in this life, anything at all, that is not “both good and bad.”
Re: code reviews. As a procedure they suck.
Code Reviews Don’t Work. Here’s a Better Idea
And don’t tell me about pull requests, they don’t work either
I really don’t believe many of us have said many of these phrases in interviews; as an interviewer I have heard the Eager Conformist line and yes it guarantees a thumb-down. But nowadays companies was obedient conformists, not bright and creative people.