I feel kind of the same. Currently, it feels like this:
In the elevator stage that you are currently at you usually do not have the required tech to mass-auto-produce the required stuff to reach the next tech level. So you end up handcrafting a lot of stuff to unluck the next tech, which then gives you the technology to mass-auto-produce the stuff you would have needed before, and then it starts all over again. It should kind of be the other way round.