Good post by Vadim Kravcenko on Things they didn’t teach you about Software Engineering:
Although it may sound surprising, the primary focus of a software engineer’s job is not writing code but rather creating value through the use of software that was written. […] Elegant code, best practices, smart solutions, design patterns — these are done for the sake of your fellow software engineers who will work on the codebase after you rather than helping you fulfill the purpose of bringing value.
And speaking of meetings:
It’s all interconnected, and the meetings are where the information is shared. As a software engineer, you are responsible for some part of this information sharing, so it would be irresponsible to hinder it. You might not like it, but the information must be shared for the system to remain efficient.