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Old 04-01-2008, 12:19 PM   #41
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I'm not totally thrilled with my job, but this thread is making me realize those things about it that I appreciate/enjoy.

I telecommute full time so no commuting expenses and get more sleep than the average person b/c of this arrangement. Also, no office politics (for the most part).

Full paid health benefits for me and my family.

DC salary paid in North Florida cost of living.

Most of my work is developing ideas and implementing them, both of which I enjoy.

I'm off at 1:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays and get to watch my daughter during that time, so that she doesn't have to go to day care. Every Monday and Friday, while everyone else is at work, she and I do things like go to a state park, museum, library, park, or just walk around our property. Feels I guess a little like ER.

37.5 hour work week with no expectation to work overtime, although I usually do a few hours over.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:08 PM   #42
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1. Cheap cafeteria

That's about it folks.... I'd say good healthcare coverage but we just switched plans and now it's Empire BCBS and they're pretty sh*tty....
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Old 04-01-2008, 04:15 PM   #43
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"Alternate work week" - adjusted 70 hr pay periods with one day off per payday Feb-Oct!
No overtime (good and bad)
I get to be myself (very to the point) with my clients (Veterans) without having to be overly PC - not that I am rude, just honest!
Get to help my clients through this unemployed/transitioning phase of their lives - very rewarding
Have a positive effect on people
Good bennies
Pay is enough for me to live on
They let me buy my active mil time towards their pension system!!! (11.5 years!)
I can retire with pens & med/dent/vis at age 50 (reduced dollars, but full bennies)
Majority of co-workers are cool
Office is midway between my place and BF's
Convention leave (5 days)
6 weeks paid military leave per calendar year
Enough sick days, I can take a mental health day (such as today to work on USNR stuff)
My involvement with Veteran organizations is "work related" - so get to go to all the good stuff. yehaw! (I'd be doing this anyway)
They automatically increase my pay once a year - sometimes twice
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:52 AM   #44
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I'd say good healthcare coverage but we just switched plans and now it's Empire BCBS and they're pretty sh*tty....
If you just switched, how do you know that? :confused:
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:56 AM   #45
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If you just switched, how do you know that? :confused:
We switched January 1, 2008. I have had about $1,600 in medical expenses out of network so far in 2008, and after a $300 deductible they reimbursed me $345. My old insurance would have reimbursed me around $1000.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:27 AM   #46
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I get to design stuff, and then the company pays to have it built
4.5 weeks of vacation each year
The pay is good
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:47 AM   #47
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That's one of my favorite items from the list called, "What I no longer find at MegaCorp." It was mutually beneficial as employees could take shorter lunches.... For years after I stopped working at MegaCorps I would seek out company-sponsored Cafeterias that were open to the public albeit at a high price. Within walkable range, they have been gone for maybe 10-15 years. One of them is now a Noah's bagel shop which is very relaxing, love it. Where do you find company cafeterias in this day and age? I hear that Silicone Valley companies have great chefs.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:52 AM   #48
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That's one of my favorite items from the list called, "What I no longer find at MegaCorp." It was mutually beneficial as employees could take shorter lunches.... For years after I stopped working at MegaCorps I would seek out company-sponsored Cafeterias that were open to the public albeit at a high price. Within walkable range, they have been gone for maybe 10-15 years. One of them is now a Noah's bagel shop which is very relaxing, love it. Where do you find company cafeterias in this day and age? I hear that Silicone Valley companies have great chefs.
We just moved into a brand new headquarters at 7 WTC. One of our floors was designated to be a cafeteria, which is quite reasonably priced and quite good, considering the other options in the area. we even have a foosball table in the sitting area, which I find highly unusual for a New York financial firm...

When I was at E&Y we moved into a brand new headquarters in Times Square and the vote was overwhelmingly for a cafeteria rather than a gym. I must say, the food was great there too and quite reasonable...
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We just moved into a brand new headquarters at 7 WTC. One of our floors was designated to be a cafeteria, which is quite reasonably priced and quite good, considering the other options in the area. we even have a foosball table in the sitting area, which I find highly unusual for a New York financial firm...

When I was at E&Y we moved into a brand new headquarters in Times Square and the vote was overwhelmingly for a cafeteria rather than a gym. I must say, the food was great there too and quite reasonable...
Sounds wonderful. It's probably worth every penny they pay for it and it's a plus for their reputation. I remember an old law firm that was legendary for it's bocce ball court on the roof. They couldn't take it with them when they moved.
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Sounds wonderful. It's probably worth every penny they pay for it and it's a plus for their reputation. I remember an old law firm that was legendary for it's bocce ball court on the roof. They couldn't take it with them when they moved.
That would be so cool! I agree it's probably worth every penny. The time people take for lunch gets cut in half, and people are motivated to go there since they can save a few bucks every day vs. the outside.
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I love my job because I have had the opportunity to develop and build something important, and my organization really appreciates my work.

But the pay, benefits and working conditions are not great and some of my best staff are moving on. I think it might be time for me to move on too. I am now looking for an opportunity that would combine the best of both worlds......while realizing that the grass is often not greener on the other side.
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