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(Marketwatch)   Have you been at your job longer than 4.6 years? Congratulations - you're above average   (marketwatch.com) divider line 142
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2014-01-12 06:22:24 AM
almost 18 years .....
 
2014-01-12 06:46:17 AM
24+
 
2014-01-12 07:42:29 AM
Just about 4.5 here.
 
2014-01-12 08:17:22 AM
Two and a half so far, but it's my first job since retiring after 23 years in the Air Force.
 
2014-01-12 08:22:34 AM
15 so far. I love my job, so I wouldn't want to change, but I've seen good people in the same field lose their jobs and struggle for months and years to find another. I can certainly see the desire to hang on tooth and nail if you've got a good gig.
 
2014-01-12 09:14:36 AM
Coming up on 20 years.
 
2014-01-12 09:16:16 AM
Only 1 year at my current job, but I might stick around at this one for a while.  Depends on how much money other places are willing to throw at me, I suppose.
 
2014-01-12 09:16:36 AM
52 years!  I've been a walmart greeter since I was 16 and I can't retire because walmart.

Please kill me!
 
2014-01-12 09:17:44 AM
Just quit my job of 8+ years. Starting week two.

//Hope I didn't make a horrible mistake
 
2014-01-12 09:18:31 AM
7 and change here.

/luck
 
2014-01-12 09:18:46 AM

BumpInTheNight: 52 years!  I've been a walmart greeter since I was 16 and I can't retire because walmart.

Please kill me!


you're already dead.
 
2014-01-12 09:18:52 AM
12 years. Not a bad job, didn't mind the insane hours when I was single and kidless. The perks are decent. Recently been going back to school to get in another industry or at least have something to fall back on.
 
2014-01-12 09:19:03 AM
5 months, and loving it.  Hopefully it will be a while.

6 years in the job before that.
 
2014-01-12 09:19:48 AM
Depends on what they mean by same job. I've been working for the same employer for 10 years, but in that time I've been promoted twice. Personally, I don't see why changing jobs is supposed to be such a good thing. If you have a job you like, and that you're good at, why not keep it? This idea that we should always be off chasing "the next big thing" seems silly. In fact, I think it can be rather unhealthy when you get people who are just looking for the next higher salary number, who will leave something that works well for them just in an attempt to get more money that they don't actually need.

If you like your job, and it pays for all your needs, then I don't see any reason to go chasing a new one.
 
2014-01-12 09:20:46 AM
Does being a scum contractor doing the exact same job for three years count? If so, I'm on the path to set a personal best of 4+ years. Previous best was 3 1/2 years.
 
2014-01-12 09:21:39 AM
Obviously most of us have had jobs for longer than average, we know how to not get fired for reading Fark all day.

/10 and a half years
 
2014-01-12 09:21:41 AM
Previous job - 5.2 yrs.  Quit this job because it's hard to have a family when you travel 90% of the time.
Current job - 2.5 yrs.
 
2014-01-12 09:22:10 AM
31 years.   I'm a dedicated committed sucker.
 
2014-01-12 09:22:13 AM
Never had a job longer than 4 years.
 
2014-01-12 09:22:27 AM
Sometimes leaving is the only way to get what you're now worth.  I don't begrudge anyone who has no other option for moving up, but to quit.  Other times, lots of times, it's because employers are dicks and most people decide to quit their jobs before they kill themselves.
 
2014-01-12 09:22:40 AM
Soon to be 8 years which will exceed my previous maximum tenure.

52 y/o

Have a very good job.
 
2014-01-12 09:23:52 AM
Considering that only 62% of working age people are in the workforce, I'm surprised the number is not lower.
 
2014-01-12 09:24:04 AM
I think that people get a job, learn their role, find it tolerable, then a new boss or supervisor is hired. If you thought your place of work, or job performance was acceptable, they'll soon rectify that opinion. Whether you, or the new boss, is correct, the sense of self worth an employee has is reduced to dust. That, almost uniformly, sees the employee become dead wood that needs removing. I've seen it four times, twice when I was brought in by a new manager, and twice when a new boss took over from someone who moved on. The best thing you can have for a good career is a competent boss that isn't likely to leave in the foreseeable future.
 
2014-01-12 09:24:05 AM

BizarreMan: Coming up on 20 years.


Same here. I just want to stay until I can retire, another 9 years to go.
 
2014-01-12 09:24:17 AM

dg41: Just quit my job of 8+ years. Starting week two.

//Hope I didn't make a horrible mistake


Had/have the same feelings. Left a permanent shiatty job of 7.5 years about 2 months ago for a contract to hire job, which I was assured they are planning to hire on full time.  At some point...  It's how the company hires all their engineers which I now see is true.  They did lie to me about the length of time though, which I'm not happy about.  But I'm making a good amount more money though.
 
2014-01-12 09:28:33 AM
1 year. Will stick with this startup until it sells and is settled with new company. Never had a job more than 3 years ever. Never want to. I know my industry and I prepare for the down times.
 
2014-01-12 09:28:38 AM

rwhamann: Two and a half so far, but it's my first job since retiring after 23 years in the Air Force.



Quitter!
 
2014-01-12 09:29:27 AM
What is this "Job" you speak of?
 
2014-01-12 09:29:41 AM
That is just farking sad and pathetic. How the fark do the job hoppers expect to ever earn a decent pension?  Not to mention that it generally takes about 5 years to become really proficient at a job.  Its no wonder so many of the folks around me don't know what the hell they are doing.  I was with the first company that I started working with for 17 years and have been at my current employer for 11 years and am planning to retire from it in another 19 years.

Unless they mean that folks change job within the same company every 4.5 years.  I suppose that makes more sense.  Then you can ignore everything I just said.
 
2014-01-12 09:30:18 AM
Two jobs in the past 27 years, not including the part-time bartending gig; I really need a change...
 
2014-01-12 09:31:20 AM
Yes, but that's not why I'm above average, subby, if you know what I mean.
 
2014-01-12 09:31:37 AM
Most people don't even know they're free.
 
2014-01-12 09:31:39 AM

sycraft: Depends on what they mean by same job. I've been working for the same employer for 10 years, but in that time I've been promoted twice. Personally, I don't see why changing jobs is supposed to be such a good thing. If you have a job you like, and that you're good at, why not keep it? This idea that we should always be off chasing "the next big thing" seems silly. In fact, I think it can be rather unhealthy when you get people who are just looking for the next higher salary number, who will leave something that works well for them just in an attempt to get more money that they don't actually need.

If you like your job, and it pays for all your needs, then I don't see any reason to go chasing a new one.


Many people don't get a choice to chase higher wages. I have been in the workforce for over 20 years. The longest job I had was four years. Some I changed by choice and all the good ones were by lay off. I am really tired of getting a good job and losing because of reasons beyond my power.
 
2014-01-12 09:32:42 AM
Going on 23 years for me.  Could probably make more money elsewhere, but the benefits and pension keep me where I am.
 
2014-01-12 09:33:43 AM
Nope, and at this rate hope to never be again.

My last 2 jobs laid me off right around the 5-year mark.  Now I'm doing contract consultant work and making 3x what I used to while doing less stupid, useless work.
 
2014-01-12 09:35:52 AM
19 years of death defying stupidity under my belt, 16 to go.  Less death defying, more stupidity these days, getting older sucks...
 
2014-01-12 09:37:54 AM
37 years. My Grandfather started the business. My Mother-in-law retired from there. I work with my mother, brother, two sisters, two nieces, two nephews, my wife, my two sons, my brothers brother-in-law, my cousins two kids... oh I'm sure I'm forgetting somebody. F.B.I. Friends, brothers and in-laws.
 
2014-01-12 09:39:17 AM

gadian: Sometimes leaving is the only way to get what you're now worth.  I don't begrudge anyone who has no other option for moving up, but to quit.  Other times, lots of times, it's because employers are dicks and most people decide to quit their jobs before they kill themselves.


I'm probably going to have to change companies every two years because my industry never gives raises unless you get promoted...which you can only do like 4 times.
 
2014-01-12 09:39:28 AM
I think the 4.6 years ties in with many 401K plans not 100% vesting you until 5 years. For those of you planning to stay in your jobs until you retire, remember that in many company's you have a target on you once you hit 50-55 and plan accordingly.
 
2014-01-12 09:39:54 AM

Ima4nic8or: That is just farking sad and pathetic. How the fark do the job hoppers expect to ever earn a decent pension?  Not to mention that it generally takes about 5 years to become really proficient at a job.  Its no wonder so many of the folks around me don't know what the hell they are doing.  I was with the first company that I started working with for 17 years and have been at my current employer for 11 years and am planning to retire from it in another 19 years.

Unless they mean that folks change job within the same company every 4.5 years.  I suppose that makes more sense.  Then you can ignore everything I just said.

Pension?  What the hell is a pension?

  Is what many people are probably asking themselves of your post.  The trend is to change companies to get that raise/promotion, a lot of jobs are very interchangeable and it doesn't take 5 years to get good at it all over again if you switch companies for a better deal.  Company loyalty has been eroded to nothing and that goes both ways, companies making all decisions based on short-term gains has rubbed off and employees are forced to adapt as well.  All it takes is a ringer CEO showing up to turn the company around and your decades of loyal service and pension can get wiped out by their decision to re-envision the company or what ever excuse they want to call it.

Sure there's companies with old-school thinking still around and it sounds like you're part of one and that's great and I also think its better for the employee.  But that's not the trend anymore and I agree its sad.
 
2014-01-12 09:42:12 AM
14 and counting...until my employer decides I've Farked enough on company time.
 
2014-01-12 09:42:21 AM
This May will be 9 years.
 
2014-01-12 09:42:23 AM
I've had over 40 jobs in my 46 years.
The longest I kept a job was 7 years.  The shortest was 3 days.
I've never been fired.
Sometimes, I worked 3 jobs at a time.
for about 10 years I always had 2 jobs.

I get bored easily.
Recently sold a business I started.

I'm about to lock myself into "the family business" in Ohio for at least 15 years.  Running the show with my brother as my Pops is about to retire.

/I'm one of those "Jane's of all Trades".
 
2014-01-12 09:42:58 AM
Eight and a half years. I work with nice people, and probably a less than normal amount of office aggravation.

Sure, sometime I will exclaim "ARRGH! I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A BRAIN TUMOR!" or "PLEASE SHOOT ME NOW BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE CALLS!" but I don't really mean it.

BTW, has anyone else noticed that phone lines are like artificial gravity in Star Trek, and never, ever go out (ignoring that one movie)? The server room could be hit with a photon torpedo, and the torpedo would take out the T1, and leave the phone line intact.

/And you didn't have crew members in Star Trek pestering engineering by saying things "Is this from that update you did last year?" "No, Cap'n, that was a fix for the whooshing noise on the door. This is a harmonic instability in the antimatter coils. Completely different system." Apparently, every problem is traceable to a security update from the distant past, not from them plugging in space heaters into their computer's UPS.
 
2014-01-12 09:43:06 AM

sycraft: Depends on what they mean by same job. I've been working for the same employer for 10 years, but in that time I've been promoted twice. Personally, I don't see why changing jobs is supposed to be such a good thing. If you have a job you like, and that you're good at, why not keep it? This idea that we should always be off chasing "the next big thing" seems silly. In fact, I think it can be rather unhealthy when you get people who are just looking for the next higher salary number, who will leave something that works well for them just in an attempt to get more money that they don't actually need.

If you like your job, and it pays for all your needs, then I don't see any reason to go chasing a new one.


^^^ This.

I've been with the same company for 8 years. There is always a recruiter or two offering me a higher wage to go to another company within the same field.

/ain't going anywhere.
 
2014-01-12 09:43:20 AM
they're staying in their jobs longer rather than seeking new opportunities

Are they talking about staying at a company or in a position?  I've been at my company for over 8 years but current position for about 2.  It's a little scary going from top dog coasting in one position to a promotion where you have to prove yourself all over again.
 
2014-01-12 09:44:20 AM
It will be 3 years in July. The pay and benefits aren't bad. I'm usually done by 3:30-4:00. I treat children no one else wants to treat (like humans anyway). I also don't have to worry about owning my own practice (payroll, employees, etc). My boss should have retired 5 years, but eventually he'll die and that'll be fine. All in all, it could be worse.
 
2014-01-12 09:44:33 AM
Since 1981, been in the same field.  Fourth company.  Every time I jump, it's for more money.
Been with this one for almost 16 years.
 
2014-01-12 09:45:08 AM
20 years come March 7 (newspaper guy, turned 50 in September)
 
2014-01-12 09:47:07 AM

Snarfangel: Eight and a half years. I work with nice people, and probably a less than normal amount of office aggravation.

Sure, sometime I will exclaim "ARRGH! I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A BRAIN TUMOR!" or "PLEASE SHOOT ME NOW BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE CALLS!" but I don't really mean it.

BTW, has anyone else noticed that phone lines are like artificial gravity in Star Trek, and never, ever go out (ignoring that one movie)? The server room could be hit with a photon torpedo, and the torpedo would take out the T1, and leave the phone line intact.

/And you didn't have crew members in Star Trek pestering engineering by saying things "Is this from that update you did last year?" "No, Cap'n, that was a fix for the whooshing noise on the door. This is a harmonic instability in the antimatter coils. Completely different system." Apparently, every problem is traceable to a security update from the distant past, not from them plugging in space heaters into their computer's UPS.


Hah yup, call center hell eh?  I remember those days, it also seemed that the sturdier the PBX systems were at a place the crappier they were at supporting all the other applications you had to use.  I always hated the "break out a pad of paper and make tickets later" crap, never did follow through with that either.
 
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