Working contracts for most of your career leaves you with an ability to meet people, size them up, figure them out, the team, the project. You listen, you learn.
Often, while talking to people around the industry you’ll hear “Oh, that guy is an ass hat”, or “I hear that team sucks”, or even “They didn’t even give me a free lunch”.
The industry is full of dorks and complainers — More often than not, its a load of bullshit. Nothing is either great or terrible for long. Don’t perpetuate it.
Disregard the hyperbole, and figure it out for yourself.