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Old 03-27-2008, 10:04 PM   #21
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Really? Cool! What kind of dog, and is it a part of your job to interact with it?
He's a 20-30 lb. mutt who comes to visit us. His owner used to be employed at the office. She left, but the dog kept coming. We shower him with affection and treats.

It's not part of my job to interact with him, but it doesn't look bad if the boss catches me playing with the dog, either.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:06 PM   #22
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Things I like about my job are -

1. I can work part-time (no bennies) and make a great living
2. I get to help people recover their independence after an injury/illness (i.e. walking, getting out of a chair, etc.)
3. I get to wear scrubs, too!

Number 2 (if and when it happens) sounds better than anything I ever did. Lucky you!
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:14 PM   #23
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Ok. enough of the "I hate my job threads"

I really LOVE my job because....

1. free office supplies
2. group health insurance
3. social interaction
4. dont have to worry about a SWR-money magically shows up in bank account every 2 weeks
5. internet
6. per diem
7. vacation days

feel free to add to the list...
The other day I told my DW that I was feeling sad. She asked why. I told her I realized that now that I am FIREd I will never have any more paid vacation days.
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:06 AM   #24
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1. I have a 35-hour work week and I never have to stay late.
2. I have an excuse to read for two hours every day (on the train)
3. Free coffee and tea
4. Gets me downtown every day in an interesting area--way better for lunchtime walks than the area around my home
5. Next year, I get to go to Hawaii (state #48!)

...my job would be way more awesome if we had a cat, though.
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Old 03-28-2008, 06:24 AM   #25
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1. i'm not there anymore.
2. it gave me the opportunity to save enough in my TSP 401(k) and a 5% match do i could FIRE at 48
3. it gave me a deferred pension and a survivor benefit to pay my bills
4. it gave me survivor health benefits
5. it gave me job security
6. i'm not there anymore. <echo effect>

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Old 03-28-2008, 10:01 AM   #26
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Good stuff:
1. I own the place so when we do well I make dang good money.
2. Have great employees and I finally arranged it so I can work as little or as much as I want to without it falling apart when I'm gone.
3. When we are busy it's fun and exciting.
4. Cars are cool.
5. It's a charge to sell something to someone, especially when you have to gently talk them into something that they didn't originally come looking for but really fits their needs/budget.

Bad stuff:
1. I own the place so when we don't do well I don't make any money, and lose money sometimes.
2. When it is slow it is boring, tedious, and the employees start getting nervous.
3. We are a small company and have no HR department, so I get to hear all the employee issues and deal with their various problems.
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Old 03-28-2008, 11:27 AM   #27
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I really LOVE my job because....
feel free to add to the list...
Can I get back to you on that? It'll take me awhile to come up with something..............
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:08 PM   #28
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I really LOVE my job because....
...of the lifetime medical benefit it offers retirees (the only way I know of to be sure I can afford the best possible medical care if I should develop a major illness)

Anything further would equate to singing about how beautiful gilded my g--d--- cage is. I don't really care about the occasional pennies and courtesies thrown to employees. A job is a job is a JOB, and once I get my lifetime medical I am SO outta there.

DREAMING of retirement more, every day...
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:09 PM   #29
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Really? Cool! What kind of dog, and is it a part of your job to interact with it?
Feeding, walking, and cleaning up after it??
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:31 PM   #30
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Can't say I really love my job, but it's good therapy to count my blessings:

6 weeks paid vacation
work from home, flexible hours around core day
good health coverage
bonuses and 401K matching
kind and easy-going boss
smart co-workers
ethical, best-in-class company
decent pay, though progress up the corporate ladder stopped years ago
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:07 PM   #31
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I get to view my investments and it's related to my job. The boss asks equity market related questions all the time.

Has a defined benefit plan and retirement medical.
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:43 PM   #32
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Their office is my office: (1) I can get by with a cheap dial-up internet connection at home. (2) It's a place to receive packages, the UPS guy knows me by name. (3) Occasional "free lunch"!
Ditto for me.
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:45 PM   #33
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* Occasional free lunch.
* The office has a dog.
My wife takes our dog to her office almost every day. I would dearly love to have our dog with me at work, but there's absolutely no way...
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:18 PM   #34
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Number 2 (if and when it happens) sounds better than anything I ever did. Lucky you!
Thanks (to you and to the OP for starting this thread) - it's good to remember why I originally went into this field. Sometimes all the other baggage (financial pressures, supervising minimally motivated assistants, etc.) can weigh me down.
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A. Work load is optional
B. Get to teach others with a similar passion
C. The classroom is outside and only in session on warm sunny windy days
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Old 03-28-2008, 10:51 PM   #36
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Old 03-29-2008, 10:08 AM   #37
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On days when I'm just not feeling it I can sit there surfing the internet for hours and get paid for it.
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:40 AM   #38
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*great health coverage for whole family, no premiums
*i can create my job description
*great vacation and sick
*very understanding when kids or child care are sick
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:18 PM   #39
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--I get to engineer plumbing systems for construction projects and create something out of nothing.
--I get to use my attention to detail and prior industry knowledge to check every possibly aspect of the system and make sure everything's complete (e.g. didn't leave out a rough-in for an ice machine, or took into account how a pipe would actually be installed in the ceiling).
--Somewhat flexible hours (start anytime after 6am, put in your 8 hours, can work through lunch, etc.). Don't have any plane travel - have to drive a company car once a month (average) to a meeting/jobsite visit.

When you consider the benefits, they actually aren't all that great:

--company pays health insurance at 65% of the premium (but I have my own high-deductible individual policy -which is still cheaper than the 35% I'd pay, and equal to/slightly better).
--company pays 100% dental (still qualify even though I don't have the medical)
--Start with 2 weeks paid vacation, 2 sick days after 1st year. Vacation stays at 2 weeks for 1st 5 years, then adds one day of vacation for every year after 5 years. Can accumulate up to 2x your annual vacation allotment, and up to 10 sick days.
--After 1 year, you qualify for a profit-sharing plan. Amount of annual company contribution is undefined.
--one good thing is the fund choices in the 401(k): several Vanguard funds (Wellington, S&P500, Small Cap, and a Bond fund), along with some American funds (fair/decent expense ratios) and some Wachovia Fund-of-Funds.

I just started my new career right after Thanksgiving 2007, and my coworkers aren't the best (somewhat immature/unprofessional), and my boss can be a real jerk at times...since I'm looking for a potential Mrs. MooreBonds out of town, there's a good chance I might be moving to another city in the next few years, so I'm hoping there'll be some opportunities with another company that might have a better environment and better bennies (if Mr. Market starts behaving, I might not have to worry about working for too much longer....)
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:45 AM   #40
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Well.... Let's see

1. Access to a lot of market data (Bloomberg, Thomson, M*) for free
2. Company car
3. Lots of free food
4. I get to learn from a lot of other people's financial mistakes.
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