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Comment: Added responsibilities = added compensation (Score 2) 529

I realize this would be difficult as a first-job type, but be very careful about taking on added responsibilities without any discussion with the powers-that-be about compensation. It is very easy for a "go-getter" to take on a lot more but never be recognized for those added responsibilities.

If nothing else, annual reviews should be an opportunity for you to bring up your now changed job description. As others have mentioned, salary negotiation is a key skill. If you are doing more for the company, you should use that as a negotiating advantage.

Oh, and start saving in a 401(k), IRA (Roth or otherwise) as soon as possible.

Comment: Finding the right fit (Score 1) 529

When I started I poured everything into a shit-ass job and they were MORE than happy to squeeze more and more out of me (because recent grad + .COM bubble burst, insanity, etc). After 6 years I was completely burnt out, extremely cynical, suffering depression and anxiety issues (which I'm still dealing with.)

After I quit that hellhole I went somewhere "normal" and I had a really hard time adjusting to not having to have everything done simultaneously as quickly as possible, I got my nights and weekends back and I didn't know what to do with myself. It was surreal.

That place started to go south (after it was gobbled up by a capital investment group) so I went to my current place which is even better still.

So the lesson I would give to my younger self is that don't be afraid to keep looking around for opportunities, sometimes the grass really is greener.

Comment: Re:Those of you who are? (Score 1) 149

by The Snowman (#49816637) Attached to: Let's Take This Open Floor Plan To the Next Level

I appreciate software is different than engineering, but the collaboration, mentoring, and comorodory of an open office environment really helps build the business for us. While I do have an office

You like the open office environment, although you have your own office... how nice. Open offices are really nice as long as it is someone else dealing with being packed in like cattle.

Comment: Re: We the taxayer get screwed. (Score 1) 349

Yes, the definition of 'middle class' is somewhat arbitrary, but the percentile distibution curve of wealth is not.

There's always rich and poor, but it's the proportions.

If the top 1% rich people own 99% of the country, then there's rich and... serfs; and there's a 99% chance you're in the latter category.

Repel them. Repel them. Induce them to relinquish the spheroid. - Indiana University fans' chant for their perennially bad football team