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My present employer I think will survive ...

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Fewer than 6 months from now.
  1732 votes / 5%
6 months to 2 years from now.
  3316 votes / 10%
2-5 years from now.
  3384 votes / 10%
More than 5 years from now.
  10712 votes / 34%
Until the sun boils merrily away.
  7858 votes / 25%
Insensitive! I'm self-employed.
  3979 votes / 12%
30981 total votes.
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My present employer I think will survive ...

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  • Good wording. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Kagura (843695) on Sunday April 24, 2011 @10:54PM (#35926064)
    Way to word the question. I only had to read it ten times to realize what I was supposed to comprehend.
    • by howlingfrog (211151) <`moc.oohay' `ta' `2002noynekmja'> on Sunday April 24, 2011 @11:14PM (#35926162) Homepage Journal
      Embiggen is a perfectly cromulent word!
      • My employer has survived for centuries (some of the units it engulfed, anyway). It has grown almost continuously since its formation, both organically and by devouring other organizations. Verily, it is a cancerous blight upon the Earth, and will probably survive until the heat death of the Universe.
        • Weyland or Yutani?

        • by Covalent (1001277)
          You must work for the US Government.
          • I work for the French Government and its all the same. We are continually going out of business but our real business has little to do with our official business so business keeps plodding along.

        • So how is the Pope doing these days?
          • So how is the Pope doing these days?

            Heh! The company that employs me is merely a couple of centuries old; not as ancient as the Catholic Church.
            And despite being capriciously malevolent on a regular basis, it's not nearly in the same class as any of the major organized religions when it comes to sheer evil, cynical brutality, overt perversion, and twisted vindictiveness.

        • Mines almost 200 years old..I'll be impressed if it makes it to its bicentennial though.

          • Mines almost 200 years old..I'll be impressed if it makes it to its bicentennial though.

            Advancing technology may allow you to extract more than you thought possible in the past. Or tap it out more quickly. Depends on what you're digging for.

        • My employer has survived for centuries (some of the units it engulfed, anyway). It has grown almost continuously since its formation, both organically and by devouring other organizations. Verily, it is a cancerous blight upon the Earth, and will probably survive until the heat death of the Universe.

          Mine won't last that long. While probably 160 years old, my employer only makes food. That makes it nearly impossible for it to fail right now (everyone has to eat), but it also means it will end when our roboti

    • Re:Good wording. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Haffner (1349071) on Monday April 25, 2011 @01:20AM (#35926788)

      It seems Yoda worked hard on the wording of this week's poll...

    • by GbrDead (702506)
      The order order is actually correct... in Bulgarian.
    • by tomhudson (43916)
      Does this mean that editing the poll questions has been outsourced to India or the Ukraine?

      [_] Yes
      [_] "Hello, my name is Peggy, I answer your question, no, not nyet, T'ank you, have nice day, dah!"

      In Soviet Russia, Pole (not poll) reads YOU!

    • by Rary (566291) on Monday April 25, 2011 @05:30PM (#35934930)

      Way to word the question. I only had to read it ten times to realize what I was supposed to comprehend.

      Care to enlighten the rest of us? I'm still trying to figure it out.

    • Way to word the question. I only had to read it ten times to realize what I was supposed to comprehend.

      You must be new here. I understood exactly what it meant the first time. You see, I've been reading here on /. for a few years, and that means I have lots of experience reading terrible grammar.

      Their are a lot /.ers who loose they're way around a keyboard. You can accept to read allot of bad grammar hear.

  • by SheeEttin (899897) <sheeettin@nospAm.gmail.com> on Sunday April 24, 2011 @11:02PM (#35926100) Homepage
    I'm unemployed, you insensitive clod!
    • by robot256 (1635039)
      For once, the meme is true!
    • The last time I was unemployed, my friend emailed me a flash animation of a recently unemployed person. The character got out of bed with determination, reached into memory for what he learned in college to guide him, which ended with him smoking bong hits.
    • You're not unemployed, your self-employed in advertising yourself!
    • Cowboy Neal's Missing Poll Options Inc. will never go out of business!

  • Vote carefully! Your job may depend on it! :p
    • by AK Marc (707885)
      I'm confident my job will be disappearing (because of the failure of the company). That's why I'm out looking now. I'm hoping I have 6 months. I should be able to find something better before then. As opposed to if it was only a month, in which case I'd likely have to settle on something worse than my current position. Though I use "worse" liberally, as the writing is on the wall with the company failing, and morale is never any good when you are surrounded by the almost unemployed.
  • My present employer is a healthy 40-ish man, I'm pretty sure he will survive more than 5 years, but is unlikely to outlast the sun...

    • by DinDaddy (1168147)

      Mine is a certain famous animated rodent. Not only will he outlast the sun, he still won't have entered the public domain.

  • by erice (13380) on Monday April 25, 2011 @12:45AM (#35926608) Homepage

    Now I suppose -2 years counts as "fewer than six months from now" but it just doesn't have the same ring.

  • Is this poll for the workers at Fukushima, or is there something my employers aren't telling me?
  • Bad is that English, Speak it learn to
  • We are closing our doors the end of this month (4 days from now)

  • The company I worked for was bought 9 months ago -- we're merging into the new parent now. That company (the new owner) is a prime acquisition target itself, if it sustains its current growth. I give it a few years, then there's a good chance it either implodes or is acquired itself.
  • Well... we've been here since 1693, which is a pretty long track record for North America.
  • Siemens Corp seems to have a pretty good business model to survive and thrive, but how long I'll be with them on the other hand....
    • by toygeek (473120)

      Dammit Rodney, I knew you were a traitor. YOU'RE FIRED!

      Sincerely,
      Rodneys Boss
      Siemens Corp

  • I've worked at six places before my current employer, all in jobs using computers. One company wasn't a computer-oriented business but needed a computer guy on staff. Every one of those companies closed, and I worked at those companies in a five year span. My current employer has been such for almost ten years now.

  • by AlpineR (32307) <wagnerr@umich.edu> on Monday April 25, 2011 @03:54PM (#35933720) Homepage

    Self-employed scientific consultant. Been battling cancer for seven years (age 37), now in a mode of hospice care with widespread tumors growing rapidly. Don't know by what mechanism things will end, but it's likely to happen in the next six months.

    One thing that bothers me as I prepare for that end: I am the sole maintainer for a few small open source projects. Right now I pay my former university for web hosting. Is there a good way to set up a host for after my death (several years prepaid or some sort of archival service)?

  • I'm working for a scientific institute that is funded 100% by taxpayers' money. Thank god I have an open-ended contract, because we already got the "the budget is getting tighter" lecture from management. The next couple of years will probably be a lot more sober.

    • by blair1q (305137)

      WTF is an "open-ended contract"?

      Sounds like "we'll pay you until we don't."

      Contractors are the first ones out the door whenever the suits come around with the Budget shovel.

    • The next couple of years will probably be a lot more sober.

      There goes your productivity.

  • ...you insensitive clod!

    • by Abstrackt (609015)
      Unemployed is self-employed without a paycheck. I don't mean to sound insensitive when I say that, what I mean is that your "job" is to sell yourself.
  • Mine has been around for 800 years [cam.ac.uk] now. Hopefully it'll last at least 25 more until I retire.

  • 16 years ago, I took a job with a firm that had then been in existence for almost 130. It had been acquired and sold, but remained an independent division -- employees always considered themselves part of the company, not the parent. It was always older than the parent corps, and furthermore, the employees went with the division when it got sold, and were almost never transferred to another division in the parent companies. So everyone thought of it as its own entity.

    But it was never a good fit for any of t

  • It's telling that 5 years is the biggest number before infinity. I don't expect my employer to last forever, but they've been around 375 years, and I expect that they'll be around for another hundred or so at minimum.

  • Let's take a look at all of my employers:
    High-school temp job: 'the phone company', bought out and renamed 2-5 years.
    Post-high-school job: fueling airliners at the airport, the company still exists, so >5 years.
    Community-college job: data entry at a small subdivision of a bigger company, subdivision closed within 4 years of my hiring, so 2-5 years.
    College jobs: small computer shop tech: company folded within 6 months
    small airline airplane window washer (yes, really): hangar burned down within a year, so

  • Since TI just bought us, and the deal's supposed to close in 6 months, I put 'less than six months' although I rather hope I'll still be working on the same project, with the same people, for at least another year or so.

    Tangentially, polls no longer show up on the main page when I'm logged in, just when I'm browsing as AC: anyone know how to get them to show up?

  • We expect to live forever with at most one death in our way.
    • by dwpro (520418)

      The most fitting irony would be if God did give people what they wished for, and eternity was everything they thought it would be. Alas, my sig beckons.

  • I am "retired" Sigh. These younger generations (ALL of them) have NO respect! :-) :-)
  • He seems to live a pretty healthy lifestyle.

  • Showed that we're not going under yet - experienced companies are needed!
  • My present employer is a small-ish company. The founder/owner/CEO is more or less irreplaceable from the standpoint of the company. He also pilots his own airplanes and helicopters (yes, he has several of each). So, around here, we would say that we are one crash away from unemployment.

Old programmers never die, they just branch to a new address.

 



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