Employers just don't invest in employees like they used to.
Well to that I took the advice of one of my former, now retired by choice at an early age coworkers, take every dime you can from the company.
401k put in the maximum amount they will match
employee share matching plan, put in as much as they will match
chance for training or conferences, take it all
business travel, take it
vacation, take it but carry over as much as you can
tuition reimbursement, get that advanced degree
Even if your employer doesn't offer all of those options take what ever they do and make use of it.
But here's something else to consider...they act like you're getting some fantastic deal because the shows and episodes don't expire, but seriously, how useful is that? I mean, it's great that they don't expire, but how often do any of us go back and watch stuff more than once?
Said someone who obviously doesn't have small children.
Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long