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Postby MemberSince99 » Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:15 am

How many of you seriously like your job?

How about working for corporate America?

I'm just curious.

As for me I like where I am and the people but get no satisfaction due to being totally micro controlled and there is no growth potential at all. In this economy we are lucky to have jobs but I would ideally prefer more and have started looking and am surprised just how bad it is out there in Wisconsin. Our governor blames the liberal media for that I mean it's not as if he had anything to do with it.

As for corporate America well it's kind of like the lunatics are running the outhouse.


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Re: Job

Postby TXviking » Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:26 pm

I can honestly say I like mine. The people are great, the work is mostly fun, and while every job has its annoyances, the flexibility of working from home whenever I want, a generous vaction policy, decision-making authority over my department and area of responsibility and pretty decent pay combine to make the job unusually attractive by US standards.

I have also worked in Europe, and my experience has been that European employers generally offer more perks and son't work employees as hard. But I don't mind working hard as long as I enjoy what I'm doing.

I consider myself lucky that most of my jobs (even the blue-collar ones from back in my college days) have involved work I enjoyed. I've never had to put up with menial or unrewarding work duties just so I could pay my bills. In this, I consider myself exceptionally fortunate.

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Re: Job

Postby takeshi » Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:41 am

There are moments I like it and moments that I don't. I enjoy the technical challenges, solving problems, etc. I don't care for documenting things, SOX audits, meetings, etc. Overall, the company has been good to me or else I wouldn't have stuck with them for the past decade. It's not my dream job but I have no idea what my dream job would be and I'm pretty good at what I do. Not the best but not the worst either.

MemberSince99 wrote:How about working for corporate America?

"Corporate America" covers a wide variety of environments whether it's company size, company culture, etc. I can say that I preferred this company back when we had ~1,000 employees. Now that we have been acquired by a global company with ~40K employees I'm not liking it quite so much but the changes haven't been too drastic for us yet.

There are pros and cons on all sides as with any set of options. I really enjoyed being with a smaller consulting firm but their pay and benefits were nowhere near as good and our clients were "corporate America" anyway so it's not like I was totally away from the corporate world. On a completely different note regarding pros and cons my wife ran her own business for a while and on top of not making any money she was tired of the responsibility and having to constantly work even when away from the job. Her current job allows her to leave work at work and enjoy her time away from work. However, she's now considering purchasing an established business with quite a bit of potential but trying to weigh that against the constant workload of being a business owner again.

MemberSince99 wrote:Our governor blames the liberal media for that I mean it's not as if he had anything to do with it.

How are jobs issues caused by the media? Knowing your governor I guess should know better than to ask that question. Our state leadership isn't much better, if at all.

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Re: Job

Postby TyE » Tue Jun 28, 2016 5:42 pm

I personally love me job. I have my own personal training business. I did the corporate America gig. I was a manager of bank for many years. I hated being on constant conference calls and having to bow down to the higher ups. I decided to give up that great job and go into business for myself. It was the best decision I ever made. Nobody tells me what to do or how to do it. I am so much happier and I could never go back to that way of life. If you have the opportunity to leave corporate America, then by all means do it!!

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Re: Job

Postby TXviking » Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:12 pm

TyE wrote:I personally love me job. I have my own personal training business. I did the corporate America gig. I was a manager of bank for many years. I hated being on constant conference calls and having to bow down to the higher ups. I decided to give up that great job and go into business for myself. It was the best decision I ever made. Nobody tells me what to do or how to do it. I am so much happier and I could never go back to that way of life. If you have the opportunity to leave corporate America, then by all means do it!!


Not married, then? :ppp

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Re: Job

Postby MemberSince99 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:17 pm

It sounds like those who have responded like what you do and who you do it for. That's great.
It's important to our well being.

I personally feel it is my responsibility to find happiness at work. My employer can't worry about that they have to worry about making money. I've also come to believe that since none of them can offer me lifetime employment I also cannot promise lifetime service. It's business and if it's not working and you have done what you could to make it work there should be no guilt about moving on. I didn't blame them when they me go when the company was going under and I can't likewise blame myself for wanting challenge and growth and seeking it elsewhere if I have to.

Just my take I'm glad you guys all enjoy what you do.

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Re: Job

Postby TyE » Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:37 pm

TXviking, that's funny. Actually no, but will probably be proposing soon. So I won't be able to do anything anymore in the near future. lol. Maybe I should go back to corporate America?

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Re: Job

Postby thom02099 » Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:58 pm

Did not work in corporate America, or business America, but worked in government. For 40 years. All of it at the municipal level for various entities but in the same line of work. Working in government at this level is probably different than at a state or federal level. The bureaucracy, though still existent, is different. Less rules and regs on employees.

Bennies were generally pretty good; my last employer actually had health care coverage that improved over the years. Using COBRA, I was able to extend those medical bennies for 14 months, from my retirement last year to going on Medicare this year. Not cheap, but the premiums contributed to my medical write off on taxes, which were substantial. And the health care plan was definitely good. So overall definitely happy with that aspect of the job.

As one gets older, this becomes more important. Noticing the ages of a goodly number of folks here (birthday list at the bottom of the screen), this may not be a factor for most of you. Very generally speaking, most younger folks don't have significant health issues (YMMV), and medical coverage, whether in Corporate America or otherwise, doesn't seem too important. But it should. Your medical situation can change without warning, and you may discover many shortcomings. One's perspective changes over the years, the things that contribute to one's "happiness" change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not.

Health care is not the only good benefit from working in local government. A good retirement plan offering can be a very strong enticement to select an employer. I was fortunate in that the 401(k) plan offered by my last employer was pretty darned good, and having rolled over funds from other employers to this plan gave me a bit of a head start at the time. There are, unfortunately, government entities who have terrible retirement/pension plans, that are frequently run by the state, and can be in various levels of insolvency. I was very lucky in this regard, and was able to retire with a nice nest egg. Not the sole means of supporting my retirement, but certainly contributory to a comfortable life style.

Was I happy there? Toward the end, no. One of the reasons I retired; not the only one. Was I happy during this 40 year period? Yes, there were some employers that I was happy with, others...not so much. "Happy" and "government" is something of an oxymoron. :)
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Re: Job

Postby TXviking » Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:48 pm

My backup plan is to move back to Europe if I get health issues that would otherwise bankrupt me.

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Re: Job

Postby Silvervox325 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:47 pm

Well, I work for CreditCardForum, so I love my job! Praise the corporate overlords. Seriously though, I do love my job a lot - I get to do something different every day, love the people I work with, and make almost enough money. Definitely one of the best gigs I've had.

As for "corporate America", I feel that the term is so broad as to be virtually meaningless. I strongly believe that the biggest predictors of job happiness are
1) Your boss;
2) Company culture;
3) and yourself,

in that order. If you've got a great boss, work for a company that actually cares about you, and don't do anything to screw it up, you're probably golden.



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