This will be my last tech job I swear...the market is seen as an expense and is no longer fun once the procurement types get involved. The small tech company I work for survives off the cast-off contracts of the big guys, (Hitachi, Dell, etc.) We are the blue collar IT force doing cluster moves, experimental installs of blades, hardware repair, and administration. There is no advancement only nepotism. But after 7 years of working here, I found out how to make it work for me. "No raise in 3 years!"....no problem I'll run my errands on the way to site. "Can't afford overtime!"......I'll take another three weeks of paid time off in the form of comptime and add that to my three weeks of paid vacation. "You get no respect from the management!"....That's okay, the customers appreciate someone who actually gives them customer service and doesn't fuck their ass like CSC or the big competitors. And to be honest, my boredom causes me the most problems but that's all in my head. Jump for another ship with shinier sails...Nope. I'll live modestly off my 45k a year and will ride the titanic until it goes down. There's always gas station management for a back-up plan.