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Old 04-23-2008, 01:32 PM   #41
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An established company that manufactures stuff usually has a product line mix that can be categorized as follows:
  • rising stars: new products being introduced to the marketplace (the company's future)
  • cash cows: existing money makers (the company's present)
  • dogs: former cash cows to be obsoleted someday (the company's past)
  • problem children: products that aren't commercially successful (heads will roll if they can't be turned around)
The rising stars, cash cows, and problem children are the most stressful because they are in the spotlight. These areas are the fertile ground where corporate politics thrives the most.

The dogs are the least stressful because they will gone soon (which means they are the least likely to be on someone's political radar screen). FIRE-seeking people biding their time until they are ready to pull the trigger might enjoy this area of the company sandbox if they want to reduce their stress level while working for Corporate America.
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:03 PM   #42
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An established company that manufactures stuff usually has a product line mix that can be categorized as follows:
  • rising stars: new products being introduced to the marketplace (the company's future)
  • cash cows: existing money makers (the company's present)
  • dogs: former cash cows to be obsoleted someday (the company's past)
  • problem children: products that aren't commercially successful (heads will roll if they can't be turned around)
The rising stars, cash cows, and problem children are the most stressful because they are in the spotlight. These areas are the fertile ground where corporate politics thrives the most.

The dogs are the least stressful because they will gone soon (which means they are the least likely to be on someone's political radar screen). FIRE-seeking people biding their time until they are ready to pull the trigger might enjoy this area of the company sandbox if they want to reduce their stress level while working for Corporate America.
There's a ton of truth in that. I was split between a rising star (with some potential to be a problem child), and something between a small cash cow and a dog. I stayed with the latter and dropped the rising star work, and the stress is very low. Plus I know the technology well so there's not much to learn.
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