Great point! I think it goes the other way too, that people don't want to grind through "code monkey" jobs or otherwise "pay their dues" for years.
But then the resume and job history looks weak, even for somebody with fantastic senior skills, because they weren't in the "right" jobs.
It's especially hard for someone like myself who's comfortable in management roles but has changed careers. I'm not going to excel in a "junior developer" role, but I don't have the job history for a "senior developer" position. Let alone that I'm 15 years removed from my CompSci BS & MS degrees, meaning a coding interview is particularly difficult.
Thanks for your perspective Steven!