I am about to change my job for an automotive embedded software company, doing ASIL D development. Such a company put a highlight in their SAFe framework. Now, given my little experience, when working with "official" Scrum managements or "official" Agile methodologies in development, in couple of companies (the two last big ones where I worked) I found it was introduced frustration and acceptance in coworkers, as they lost the initiative, lost product innovation while working for years on the same project. Other engineer friends had similar opinions and "they live with it".
Either this was normal or not, only once I worked with constant enthusiasm, and that was fitting how I think. We were following the Kanban method, with small tickets, and implementing changes as required, turning out to be something like Extreme Programming. No complex tools for tracking, no coworkers paid to do only that, meetings were done only if there was a problem, everyone was feeling useful, and delivery estimation check was done with close contact with each other - and experience. We had relatively fast deliveries, enthusiasm and the like. But the company was also smaller.
As I am about to decide on this new job, I wonder: do you have any suggestions about which question I could ask their managers at the interview to check if SAFe is compatible with how I work? I am passionate about technology, electronics and reliability applied through it, not about management and confining creativity and engineering knowledge. I really feel clueless about how to discover this in advance, instead of discovering this after I start to work.
As you might imagine, I am not an expert in such management things, but I think that if something works, it should go smoothly for an engineer without spending weeks to study such methodologies and not working. So I am also searching for a way to look at these things with the right perspective.