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.