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Roughly 50 percent higher pay
  4263 votes / 15%
Roughly 30 percent higher pay
  9709 votes / 35%
Roughly 10 percent higher pay
  3315 votes / 12%
One shiny penny would do it.
  3612 votes / 13%
Pay aside, I'm more interested in the benefits
  4398 votes / 15%
What, and leave all my friends behind?
  2290 votes / 8%
27587 total votes.
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  • by MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) on Sunday July 08, 2012 @11:00PM (#40587673)

    The work I do comes in one to two month spurts from clients coming in to hire us. You could say I'm like a contractor. For this reason, it'd be hard to lure me away from where I work because the other employer would have to increase the pay by that much and guarantee that I wouldn't have unpaid downtime... which they really cannot do. Where I work now they try really hard to keep the work coming in and they've been applaudingly successful.

    Although I can be bought, my employer has earned enough of my loyalty to the price would have to be really high. Yeah, I know that's a contradiction, but frankly anybody with a family to support has a price-tag. Actually that's probably why 'steady' is more valuable to me than 'more'.

    • by WilliamGeorge (816305) on Monday July 09, 2012 @02:40PM (#40594737)

      "clients coming in to hire us", "You could say I'm like a contractor", "I can be bought"... you don't happen to be a gun-for-hire, do you? ;)

      • by ZigiSamblak (745960) on Monday July 09, 2012 @05:54PM (#40596883)
        That would also explain the loyalty to the "employers", especially with a "family" to support.
        • by twilightzero (244291) <mrolfsNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @10:58AM (#40602053) Homepage Journal

          I see this very often. Once you have a family to support, priorities change drastically and it becomes all about stability rather than interest or self-fulfillment. I see a lot of people stuck in horrible jobs, abused by their employers, working crushingly high work loads, and terrified to even look for work because they're worried they'll be fired. In this economy, that can be synonymous with losing your house and worse. And employers KNOW this and will consequently treat you like crap more and more until you burn out or break down.

          • by EdIII (1114411) on Thursday July 12, 2012 @03:25AM (#40625389)

            And employers KNOW this and will consequently treat you like crap more and more until you burn out or break down

            And..... that's why I work where I am now. It's run like a business, but is a lot more friendly and the owner actually cares about the employees. Times are tough, as in many industries, but with sparingly few exceptions everyone is sticking around and working harder. Nobody is abused, nobody is yelled at, nobody is treated like crap everyday. Occasional disagreements, but they're resolved and the environment is fairly stress and negativity free.

            That's why %50 is not remotely enough. I learned a long time ago that work environment trumps pay every single time. Biggest mistake young people make is putting up with that shit in the first place instead of just finding a way out and leaving. A horrible work environment takes a toll on your health, and affects your life outside of work quite a bit.

            I'm thankful everyday I get to work with the people I do.

  • Thats hard (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Sinryc (834433) on Sunday July 08, 2012 @11:01PM (#40587677)
    I would have to get a LOT of money. Working in the beer industry is pretty awesome, even just being a grunt. I love all the benefits I get.
    • Re:Thats hard (Score:5, Interesting)

      by jellomizer (103300) on Monday July 09, 2012 @10:58AM (#40591861)

      I Voted 30% myself. But really it still depends if it is worth it. If you really like your job, and you can support yourself and your family, the extra money may not be worth it.

      I recently got a new job at 20% more. I liked my old job, however I was struggling to support my family. They were too many things that needed repairs that I couldn't afford to fix, asked my boss for my Bonus he said, sorry times are too tough for a bonus. So I looked for a better paying job, and I got one. Do I like my new job more then the old one? Not really, but the extra money for myself and my family is worth it.

      • I can relate! (Score:4, Interesting)

        by King_TJ (85913) on Monday July 09, 2012 @04:56PM (#40596229) Journal

        This job switching stuff was a lot easier when I was single... Back then, it was just a matter of "Does the job sound like fun?" and/or "Does it pay better than what I make now?"

        With a family with 3 kids, it's so much more complex. We've got two "special needs" kids on the autistic spectrum with ADD/ADHD. Relatively mild issues compared to some -- but still makes their school a big consideration. If I got paid even 60% more, but it required moving to an area where the schools were questionable -- it might be a deal-breaker for us (especially considering all the other hassles of moving to a new area).

        Plus, in our case, my wife and I both have our mothers still alive and willing to lend a hand with watching the kids. Relocating means giving up that benefit too -- and when you price out the cost of a babysitter or nanny these days, that can be significant!

        If I stick to only local jobs? My options are pretty limited, and I've had more than one time where I interviewed for a job, made it to almost the end where it was down to me vs. one other candidate, and didn't get it. And not that much later? Turns out the place restructured things or had financial issues or ?? and that job went away anyway. So I'd rather have a paycheck every 2 weeks that I feel reasonably sure is going to be there for a little while than jumping into a complete unknown where they SAY you'll make a little more.

        • Re:I can relate! (Score:5, Interesting)

          by cayenne8 (626475) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @01:37PM (#40604357) Homepage Journal
          Well, these are the kinds of issues and sacrifices one has to make when deciding to procreate, and how many kids they want to have.

          Good for you you made the decision based on being a good parent.

          I'd never wanted kids because I'd not like to have them anchoring me down to one location, and being a drag on my lifestyle (traveling, fun hobbies, fast cars, loose women...etc). I know I'd not be happy if I'd had kids and possibly even resentful for them having curtailed the fun in my life. Sure I'd get the benefits of having kids...but when balanced out in my mind....it just isn't worth it.

          Then again..comes to your experience. If someone asks me "hey, do you miss having kids"...how would I know? I know I like my life so far and really enjoy it....I see what other friends have to do and go through with kids, and just isn't something I'd want to do. I am the cool "uncle" or even real godfather to many of my friends' kids....and that's plenty enough for me.

          But if you have them...be prepared to sacrifice for them, that is parental responsibility..something I see being shirked way too much these days.

          Congrats..sounds like ya'll ARE a responsible set of parents.

  • Not interested (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 08, 2012 @11:15PM (#40587777)

    I am a machinist. I could find a better paying position easily, but I chose to stay where I am because it's a 10 minute commute, against traffic, the shop is air conditioned and my hours are fairly flexible (this helps when you have kids). I could find a job that pays 25% more pretty easily, but the added commute and the other (invisible) benefits I listed are worth more than that to me. It's a matter of picking what's important to you. The other side of the equation is adjusting your living expenses to yourself really chosen income.

    • Re:Not interested (Score:5, Interesting)

      by reason (39714) on Monday July 09, 2012 @02:26AM (#40588775)

      Likewise. For me, it's not so much about the benefits as the work. I'm a research scientist. I could get a 50% pay increase by going into consulting, but I'd be doing less interesting work, and in a more stressful work environment.

      Then, too, are lifestyle issues. To switch jobs and stay in my field, I'd need to move to another city. So before any other considerations, my spouse would have to agree to move with me... which would mean he'd have to be satisfied he could find a good job in the destination city as well. Besides that, we'd both have to agree on the desirability of the new city (I'd like to move to the tropics; he thinks it's already too hot in our cool temperate location. I'd like to move to a city a little bigger than where we live now; he'd like somewhere about the same size, if not smaller). And then, we'd have to agree that it was worth uprooting ourselves and our mortgage and establishing a new social circle.

      So after all that, realistically... double my current pay and we'll talk.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      As an engineer in a non-air conditioned shop, I can tell you that we lose guys all the time to other shops with air conditioning. We have a huge shop with high ceilings, so air conditioning it may not be practical. On the other hand, portable individual air conditioning units exist which blow a 6" duct of cold air onto the worker, and we don't even have those.

      I don't have to deal with the heat, being in a (mostly) air conditioned office, but the penny-wise, pound foolish attitude of my employer is discour

      • Yeah, my choice wasn't on the list. The list seemed to focus entirely on money, but what would make me want to change jobs would be an opportunity to do something interesting.

        I finally categorized that as "other benefits," since working on interesting projects is a benefit.

        • Agreed, heavily money-weighted here. I'm working helpdesk at an outsourced IT services company in the middle of London. The commute and the pay are fine, but if I can do something about the killer hours, the arsehole customers and the cow-workers/PHB, I'm gone. Speaking of which, I have an interview to get setup for later this week, as quietly as possible.....

          • by Dogtanian (588974)

            If I can do something about the killer hours, the arsehole customers and the cow-workers

            Ha ha... silly typo there. *Everyone* knows that it's "cow-orkers"...

            Though personally, I've always wondered what orking a cow involved. I'm not sure I want to know- if it's really unpleasant, this *would* explain why you want to leave your current job... ;-)

    • Exactly (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 09, 2012 @08:37AM (#40590197)

      I just can't understand why a person would even consider a 2-hour commute, let alone a half-hour commute. That isn't free time. That time is part of an obligation, time that would be yours if it wasn't for the obligation. The commute is part of work, not seperate from it. If you work 8 hours a day with a 2-hour commute each way, you aren't working 8 hours a day -- you're working 12 hours a day. It doesn't matter that you can play with your smartphone or look out the window. The bottom line is that you wouldn't be there if it wasn't for the obligation. The commute isn't your time -- the commute is your employer's time, yet he doesn't have to pay for it. Every minute of your commute -- even if it's only 10 minutes, you are working for free.

      I suspect this is something most people don't realize or even consider until at least age 35.

      • Re:Exactly (Score:4, Interesting)

        by CubicleZombie (2590497) on Monday July 09, 2012 @01:25PM (#40593831)
        I was stuck commuting by train 2 hours a day and it forced me to start reading books. I was never a reader before that. Within a couple years, I finished the entire sci-fi section at the library. Other then being a very expensive way to commute, it was pretty nice.

        Now my office is in the suburbs, one mile from home. More than a few of us would take over the janitor's job before we'd commute into the city again.

        My wife is having our baby tomorrow morning and that's changing my point of view about commuting. I'd basically do anything to support the family. Doesn't matter how far I go or what I do. Especially if it means she can stay home and be a mother for as long as she wants to.
      • by Chrisq (894406)

        I just can't understand why a person would even consider a 2-hour commute, let alone a half-hour commute. That isn't free time.

        I agree, but the only people I know who do that length of commute have not done it by choice. They commute from areas where the one high-tech employer has closed down, and they have kids in school coming up to exams, mortgaged houses with negative equity, a spouse with a higher paid job in the area, body buried under the patio, or something else that makes moving difficult.

    • by Zadaz (950521) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @01:59AM (#40599695)

      My first thought was "Where are the quality of life options?"

      It's 2012. If you're capable of reading Slashdot, you probably make enough money to be comfortable. Hell, most people below the poverty line in the US have air conditioning, satellite or cable TV, a mobile phone, a computer, and more than enough healthy food available. That sounds pretty comfortable to me.

      So the hell with more money. Give me life, fucker!

  • about five minutes

  • Mainly because I assumed this would mean moving to the private sector, and so having less vacation and worse benefits.

    But really, it would depend on the circumstances. If the offer was for some awesome, interesting job - it might not take much of an salary increase at all.

    • by dubbreak (623656) on Monday July 09, 2012 @12:43AM (#40588369)
      I chose 30% because that's pretty much what I left for (once you consider lost benefits of my new scenario, dollar for dollar wage-wise it was more). Thing is I would have left for the same or less for a company that I felt was run better. I like developing software not politics, running around in circles, spinning my wheels or waiting on decisions (when any decision would be better than indefinitely delay).

      Bigger $$ made it easier for me to jump out of my comfort zone and take a bigger risk (going off on my own, hiring a sub-contractor etc). Now I'm free to be the one who makes the mistakes and I'm loving it. My health has actually improved significantly due to a drop in stress (which would have been worth the leave alone). Of course I was also lucky to have a wife that makes a healthy wage so if things didn't pan out we'd still be able to pay the mortgage and feed ourselves.
    • I'm fairly happy with my current job and with the people I work for. And I'm working at a moderately stable company - most of the interesting offers I've seen the last few years have been with startups (i.e. expect to work there about 2 years before they collapse), and I'm old enough that it takes longer to find a job, so I'm relatively risk-averse, and doing the startup-to-startup job hopping game is tougher than when I was 25. Of course, if we start laying people off next year, as we've done some years

      • by arth1 (260657) on Monday July 09, 2012 @09:03AM (#40590395) Homepage Journal

        And I'm working at a moderately stable company

        This matters. I would not jump ship for even a 100% pay increase if it meant going to a job with a medium or higher risk of losing it through no fault of my own.
        In today's job market with an official unemployment rate of 8-10% (and a real rate around twice that), having a stable job with decent benefits in a non-volatile company is a godsend.

  • by Token (5605) on Sunday July 08, 2012 @11:19PM (#40587803)

    My mortgage is paid off. I get a pension from my last job [there for 23 years]. I can commute to work in 10 minutes, and I like the work and the people there. My wife makes six figures at her job... Nah..I don't need another job, even if it did pay a lot better. What would I buy? More toys? Ho hum.

    • Very true. There are not many jobs where you can be part of a major scientific discovery. I was going to say that you could not pay me enough to want to change jobs but that's not true. If you paid me enough that I could work for a year or two and then go back to research and live at CERN using the savings for the rest of my life I'd be happy to do that...but to earn that I've have to be a bank CEO and I hope that I'm honest enough never to be a candidate for that type of job!
    • by Ryanrule (1657199) on Monday July 09, 2012 @07:15PM (#40597555)

      When your wife is making 100K, you can't say its not about the money. You already have the money.

  • Make me an offer (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mcmonkey (96054) on Sunday July 08, 2012 @11:29PM (#40587865) Homepage

    18 months ago, I was solidly "What, and leave all my friends behind?"

    Then all my friends got laid off or contracts not renewed. Well, my technical friends. So now I'm the lone tech guy in a sea of Business Analysts, and my manager-of-the-month introduces me as the all around tech guy.

    My job search is on the back burner as I complete a Masters degree, which means I'm not reaching out but I do return calls (which come daily, thanks to the lay-offs which dispersed my friends so I now have contacts at most of the companies hiring in the area).

    While I'm looking for a 10% (at least) bump, I voted one single penny.

  • Depends on location. You don't move across the country for 10% or even 30%. I recently moved a few states over for about a 50% raise.

    I would switch a job that doesn't require the uprooting of my family for less than 10%. I would even take a pay cut if the job brings more satisfaction in and out of the workplace.

  • I just came from unemployment, and my new job has better benefits, pay, and I enjoy it much more than my old job. Even if it didn't have that list, I am just happy to be working full time again, after being bounced around like a prison bitch in temporary work for a year.

  • Screw that (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I'm a public servant who works in Defence (not the US DoD though, hence the 'c' instead of an 's'). My primary specialty is FPGA work, among other things. I'm not paid as much as I would be if I was working in the private sector, but from what I've seen around me it'd take a significant pay rise for me to want to leave, for the following reasons:

    (1) I work reasonable hours, with a reasonable level of flexibility. Almost everyone else I've seen in Engineering in the private sector works very long hours. I li

  • As a CS student with a part-time sys-admin position, I'd need a good pay bump, stability, and plenty of benefits to get me to abandon school. As for the sys-admin position--well, that's why I'm a CS student on the software development track.

    • by vuo (156163)
      Exactly. I voted 30%, but don't you overinterpret it. I'm also employed by the university, and that means that 30% more pay only gets to the smallest generally expectable pay for the same sort of job with other, non-univ employers. But, I can finish a doctoral degree, and Dr. is always a Dr.; so, I'll stick with this job and hope that the 0.1% unemployment statistic stays as it is.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'm one of the 8%+ of Americans without a job, you insensitive clod.

  • by QuietLagoon (813062) on Monday July 09, 2012 @12:28AM (#40588275)
    ... it is more about the quality of the management I have to report to. You can pay me all you want, but if I have to report to an ignorant asshole, I'll pass on the position.
    • by srussia (884021) on Monday July 09, 2012 @02:26AM (#40588773)

      ... it is more about the quality of the management I have to report to. You can pay me all you want, but if I have to report to an ignorant asshole, I'll pass on the position.

      Say goodbye to the Vice-Presidency then.

    • by cc1984_ (1096355)

      This. I would have ticked the option "It's not about the money." As long as I make enough to get by other factors (commute, hours of employment, holiday, work environment) would play as important a factor as salary on deciding to move from where I am now.

    • Me, I'm quite the other way around. If you earn 50% less than current average wage for what I do AND report to an incompetent manager... I would switch to working for another incompetent manager if money is good. I also spend 9 hours a day working but I prefer having enough money to live a bit better rather than be poor and have a great time with my manager. My manager is not as important as my family.

  • by Tau Neutrino (76206) on Monday July 09, 2012 @12:34AM (#40588303)
    7) The passing of time (I'm free-lance contractor).
  • Are we such a bunch of whores that $$$ and insurance are all we care about?

    • by 1s44c (552956)

      Not all of us.

      I voted 'one shiny penny' because I'd love a new challenge. If more money is on offer I'll take it though.

    • Not whores, wage slaves. [wikipedia.org]


      Were I given the option, I would trade this ultra-competitive, abusive rat race for a pastoral lifestyle without a second thought.
  • If I had to go from my last job to emptying bedpans, it would have taken a heck of a lot more than a 50% raise. If it's judging bikini contests, sign me up.

  • I work in Germany (Score:5, Interesting)

    by guyxero (980739) on Monday July 09, 2012 @06:02AM (#40589521)
    As an American working in Germany, it's hard to give up such a comfortable job. I'm paid well enough that my wife doesn't have to work, I set my own working hours, every overtime hour is paid out or taken as comp. time, I get six weeks vacation plus 13 bank holidays, unlimited sick days, and I actually enjoy my job! I dread the day I return to the US for work. It used to be about the money, but now I have a son.
  • by GospelHead821 (466923) on Monday July 09, 2012 @06:30AM (#40589629)

    I voted "benefits" but I'm not really interested in the dental plan or the 401K. My wife and I are trying to move from Minnesota to North Carolina for a change of climate and to be close to family and friends. She just finished her degree this Spring, we have no kids yet, and I'd like to go back to school for an advanced degree as well - so unless we want to be tied down here for another 2-4 years, NOW is the time to move. I don't want to take just any job; I definitely want something that doesn't look like a hole in my work experience. But if I could find work in my field and the location was right, I'd take a 25% pay CUT.

  • If I have enough to pay my bills and enjoy myself in my downtime, I don't worry about my income. Much more important is *having* downtime, and of course, the work environment itself. I'm sure many of you wouldn't take a doubling or tripling of your pay if your new job title was "Active Directory Desktop Support Tech, Tier 1". There are some things I detest so much that I won't do them for less than a jump deep into seven-figure land. Most of what I do, I'm happy to do from five-figure land, as long as t
  • I know it's easier said than done, but why not start your own company? Hang your own shingle? Granted you'd need an idea and work some long hours to start, but once you get going, wouldn't you rather do what you love and not look over your shoulder for approval from a boss?

    • by tompaulco (629533)
      I know it's easier said than done, but why not start your own company? Hang your own shingle? Granted you'd need an idea and work some long hours to start, but once you get going, wouldn't you rather do what you love and not look over your shoulder for approval from a boss?
      Well, unfortunately, you have to be wealthy to start your own business, which means you have to work hard to get that money or inherit it or something. Contrary to what you might see on TV, banks don't loan based on good ideas or a soun
  • by Lumpy (12016) on Monday July 09, 2012 @07:44AM (#40589911) Homepage

    Fastest way to get a raise, Start shopping for a new job. Screw being loyal to your job, they are not loyal to you.

  • ...become a market research firm? Probably always!!
  • A mix of benefits, existing friends in actual or future job, how much increase, challenges in the new job, etc. Is not just one of those factors, but all of them, and probably some others too.
  • by coldsalmon (946941) on Monday July 09, 2012 @09:31AM (#40590729)

    I was expecting the poll to be about how much of a pay cut you would take to work at a job you enjoyed more than your current job. Or does everyone on Slashdot already work at their dream job?

  • Pay, fringe benefits, people, loyality, closer location (35 miles for the current job), my high paid time off (PTO) hours and rates, hours, risks, economy, etc.

  • How about (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Gonoff (88518) on Monday July 09, 2012 @10:07AM (#40591263)

    Who about those of us who actually get less than we could elsewhere but get a lot of job satisfaction?

    To annoy certain people, let me explain where I work. I work for the British National Health Service. I have been told that I could get more money in some other jobs but I really enjoy working here and believe in the idea of universal health care. I do not work with patients. I work in IT and am here to help the people who do look after patients.

    We get less than 1/3 of the money per patient that your health 'care' systems do. I like to think that I am doing my part to make all this work and hope to stay working for the NHS for a long time. I am not a hippy and would love to be rich. I just think that there are more important things.

  • I don't have a job, you insensitive clod!
  • I'm a lucky one w/ a pension still, or at least enrolled in a pension. Talk to me in 19 years when I've accrued all my points for full retirement assuming the company kept the plan alive!

    A couple months ago, I popped my head up and took a look around the local job market based on my experience (Indianapolis, IN cyber security, security architect, and cyber security compliance). Talked to a few companies, dusted off the suit to sit down w/ one, and it got tanked at the end of the interview. The SVP was

  • by toruonu (1696670) on Monday July 09, 2012 @10:39AM (#40591653)

    I'm working for a CERN experiment (which 99% of the time means what it means for me, I work at a home institute to do CERN related work). It's one of the experiments (CMS) that just announced the discovery of a new particle (likely the Higgs boson) and I was part of the gang who actually worked at least part time over the years on Higgs searches so I can claim a small bit of discovery like everyone else in the experiment.

    There's no way in hell that I'd change jobs now. Possibly from one institute to another, but I don't really see why I would as right now I have a permanent position (even though I'm only 30), ability to travel pretty much as much as I want and have a nice home for my family just outside the city. Changing institutes would mean moving to another country or permanently to CERN, which even for double the pay wouldn't balance out for me.

    It'd have to be orders of magnitude higher salary (and I'm earning much more than the average researcher or even IT expert does in my country) AND an interesting job for me to even contemplate this. And it would take more than 50% salary cut for me to even start looking for alternatives and in those cases probably as part time job so that I can continue doing what I do right now.

  • by assertation (1255714) on Monday July 09, 2012 @10:44AM (#40591721)

    I would gladly sacrifice a LITTLE bit of money for a programming job where I knew:

    - I would be working with happy people

    - I would get a lot of alone time away from meetings to
        actually code.

    - I would have the chance to learn and try new things on
        the job

    - That programmers were respected.

    - I would have a shorter to an area I like

    Those things matter as much as a small salary difference to me.

    -

  • by Smivs (1197859) <smivs@smivsonline.co.uk> on Monday July 09, 2012 @10:54AM (#40591823) Homepage Journal
    Work 24/7, look after the kids and home, don't get paid as such....wouldn't swap it for anything. In other words, yet another missing option!
  • For me, it'd take two simple demands:

    1. A tech job someplace with an actual tech sector (and preferably a tech culture to go with it).
    2. Enough extra pay to adjust for the inevitable increase in the standard of living there as opposed to the middle of nowhere, where I am now.

    I'd make the standard joke about how if I'm dreaming, I'd also want a pony, except I'm in the middle of horse country right now, making that joke more depressing than much else.

  • by OzPeter (195038) on Monday July 09, 2012 @11:37AM (#40592345)

    I'm not sure how prevalent this is in the rest of the world, but the "benefits" option seems distinctly a US phenomenon as health care is mainly provided by the company. IE no job, no health care. In other parts of the world that I know of such benefits are not tied to the job. And while I am not trying to drag this into some sort of healthcare political debate, I've always though the US model was crazy.

    • by gatkinso (15975)

      Oh I agree - I don't know why my company (which builds Lidar systems for space and airborne platforms) also sells health insurance... but that is precisely what we do.

    • Re:Benefits (Score:4, Informative)

      by w_dragon (1802458) on Monday July 09, 2012 @03:22PM (#40595183)
      Beyond healthcare there are things like insurance (travel, life, disability, injury, etc), vacation time, sabbaticals, free food, guaranteed lack of overtime, gym memberships, transit passes, housing, parental or maternity payment top-ups, free massages, and a whole host of other things that companies use to attract and retain the specific employees they want. Benefits is a large category, it goes way beyond healthcare.
  • DC area commutes are hellish. So I took a job 10 minutes from my house reachable by back roads.

  • I work for myself. I wouldn't work for someone else unless it was short term and for millions of dollars net per year. Being self-employed, having my own business, is far better than doing someone else's bidding. If anything, I work for my customers and that is a far better relationship than employee-employer.

  • by smooth wombat (796938) on Monday July 09, 2012 @11:55AM (#40592557) Homepage Journal

    While I am currently employed in the public sector, I am looking to move on as soon as I can. I don't really care about medical benefits as I'm healthy but I do value getting time away from the people I work with.

    What I really want is a slightly better paying job so the 10% pay increase would be fine, but, as odd as it sounds, I also want more responsibility. I want to show people how things should be done as far as laying out plans, communicating those plans and implementing those plans. Where I work, it's a series of random events which are done in the vain hope that something will work with almost no communication between bureaus.

    I've even gone back to school to get another degree (Information Systems) to help fill in the blanks but that hasn't helped. So for now, I'll take whatever the yearly pay increases are until something comes along. Or win the lottery. Or write my book.

  • Same pay and benefits would be fine, but driving 50 minutes twice daily sucks, and it'd be nice to work in the same town I live so that if my kid has an emergency I can deal with it easily.

  • by repetty (260322) on Monday July 09, 2012 @12:40PM (#40593143) Homepage

    That is one fuckin' cold-blooded poll.

    What job?

  • by kybred (795293) on Monday July 09, 2012 @01:40PM (#40594081)
    Today's not been a good day at work, so I said a penny. It wouldn't even have to be shiny.
  • by Cid Highwind (9258) on Monday July 09, 2012 @03:03PM (#40594983) Homepage

    Roughly 90% closer to mountains and 1000% more snow is what it would take for me.
     
    I like my job, but the endless hundred-degree summers and the wingnut politics here have me at my wits' end.

  • by Greyfox (87712) on Monday July 09, 2012 @06:58PM (#40597431) Homepage Journal
    I think I could probably get another 15-20% pretty easily if I went back to being a "software engineer". But on the test team I'm on, I'm maintaining satellite simulator software for the test team and it is the most interesting and challenging programming I've ever done. So I'm happy being a "tester" for the foreseeable future.
  • by DaveAtFraud (460127) on Monday July 09, 2012 @08:33PM (#40598129) Homepage Journal

    Current job is only about 5 to 10 minutes from my house. It would take a lot of $$$$ to convince me to give up more of *MY* time.

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • by Vyse of Arcadia (1220278) on Monday July 09, 2012 @09:19PM (#40598421)
    Because your friends don't dance, and if they don't dance, then they're no friends of mine.
  • by TigerPlish (174064) on Tuesday July 10, 2012 @05:24AM (#40600373)

    ...I'd say that pay is important, yes -- but to me, now that I've gone through a crap environment and found a good environment, I'll have to say no money can compensate for a crap environment.

    When the job owns you, consuming your every minute, it's not worth having.

    Just my 1.6Â¥, mind you.

  • I live in farmland in the Midwest, and all it would take for me to switch jobs would be a good job near Minneapolis where my friends live, or maybe in Philadelphia with my family. I'd take a pay cut if I had to.

    I've been living alone surrounded by 200 acres of corn for long enough, I'd like to rejoin the human race. It's a shame that there are no jobs for satellite physicists in either of those big cities.

  • by zaunuz (624853) on Wednesday July 11, 2012 @04:03AM (#40611871)

    Around three months ago i found myself in a job that i hated - I spent 5 out of 10 weeks on the other side of the world, the pay was good, but not good enough to justify the frustration the job involved. I decided to leave, and my new job paid roughly ~30% less than my old one, and ever since i started i haven't regretted it for a second. In fact, i am currently on the clock, sitting in my couch at home, while my toddler son is playing with a SATA cable that belongs to him. I voted 50% pay increase, as that's what's closest to the 100% pay increase it'd cost my old employer for me to go back to them.

The number of arguments is unimportant unless some of them are correct. -- Ralph Hartley

 



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