Tchernobog: Essentially. Significantly more in depth than a carwash kind of place, but pretty much making dirty cars clean. I'm the shop people come to for paint correction, repairing upholstery, dying trim and stains, etc.It's a labor of love, for sure, much like having a desire to work in food service.
IcedTorch: this thread makes me want to throw the word privilege around.So many people with long running jobs that dont know why others "change jobs".
cryinoutloud: I've never had a full-time, year-round job. Never. Part of it is my career field, part where I live, and part you don't even want to know./I HAVE worked seasonal jobs for multiple years. And a lot of those I only did it because I couldn't find anything better.
Tchernobog: abhorrent1: Tchernobog: 25, been at my current job about 5 years now, I love what I do, and my abilities are recognized.It's certainly not the greatest job, but I leave every day feeling I accomplished something, and go in every day without dread./run the detail department at a large dealership.You mean like washing/detailing cars? I would love that job! My wife is a financial adviser and I've told her that once she makes enough money, I'm quitting this corporate, cubical farm job. Maybe get a part-time job doing landscaping or at a warehouse or something. Back in the day I loved warehouse work. Driving a fork-lift, loading trucks etc.. Unfortunately it doesn't pay the bills. Maybe even a volunteer job at the Arboretum here. I like to get my hands dirty. The corporate life and politics aren't my thing, but it's hard to give up the money and benefits.Essentially. Significantly more in depth than a carwash kind of place, but pretty much making dirty cars clean. I'm the shop people come to for paint correction, repairing upholstery, dying trim and stains, etc.It's a labor of love, for sure, much like having a desire to work in food service.
Heraclitus: Same job for 8 years.For the fourth vendor to take over this contract.Lost seniority every time the contract was bought out.Same pay and for shait benefits as when I started.Now doing the work of 6 people that have quit./They tell me I'm lucky to have a job...
Tchernobog: 25, been at my current job about 5 years now, I love what I do, and my abilities are recognized.It's certainly not the greatest job, but I leave every day feeling I accomplished something, and go in every day without dread./run the detail department at a large dealership.
jcadam: I'd be willing to bet that average tenure is quite a bit less than 4.6 years in the software industry. I don't leave employers for more money (anymore). These days, I make more than I "need." What I, and many other programmers are afraid of is getting caught unemployed with irrelevant skills because we stayed too long somewhere maintaining legacy code (even new development projects turn into long-term maintenance work, if they're successful). Once you crest the learning curve at a new job, it's time to start looking.I made the mistake of staying 3 years (2 years too long) at a job I took because I was desperate (previous job laid me off right before the great recession kicked off in '08), maintaining legacy code written in the late 80s/early 90s in Ada (the code was obviously originally written by boomers... I was the youngest person in the shop). It took a long time to convince another company to take a chance on someone with no "professional" experience in anything modern (had only my hobby projects to show for experience with 'new hotness' tech). Never again will I make such a mistake (plenty of others to make, though :) ).I keep hoping I'll find a shop that hasn't completely ossified around a single technology stack and is willing to try out new stuff (when appropriate), but so far, no....
StopLurkListen: Software developer - in 20 years, only one job lasted longer than three years. I gave up caring about doctors/dentists because health insurance changed every year even when my job didn't change. Also, having to wait a year to start contributing to a 401k? Whoever wrote that rule needs to burn in Hell.
Outlawtsar: 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
trappedspirit: I've been at my job for (you couldn't flucking care less) years. At the job before that I was there for (seriously, no one gives a shiat about your irrelevant, annecdotal data) years.
BizarreMan: Coming up on 20 years.
BumpInTheNight: Pension? What the hell is a pension? Is what many people are probably asking themselves of your post.Pension is that nice check that I get every month on the 1st.28.7 years with the company before I was encouraged to take medical retirement due to heart condition.
StopLurkListen: Also, having to wait a year to start contributing to a 401k? Whoever wrote that rule needs to burn in Hell.
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.
Gene Masseth Jr.: 7 years as of August.Haven't had a raise in 4 years.I've applied over 100 places in the past year and gotten nothing. I want out, but I can't get out until I get something else because I can't have no income in life. So, instead, I just stick it out and slowly die inside more and more every day.Ask me if I'm bitter.
Old enough to know better: 16 years in my last job, then one day they decide I'm no longer necessary and out the door I go. Would enjoy seeing the company go down in flames.
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