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Old 01-11-2017, 06:53 PM   #61
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...A work environment where my bosses tossed out phrases like 'world class' and 'excellence' right and left...
Oh, yeah. At my former company, employees were supposed to be excellent and world-class performers.

But The pay scale was carefully analyzed annually and adjusted to the industry median.

"Striving for mediocrity" I used to call it.

No, I don't miss the place. Co-workers, yes. Working there, no.
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:29 PM   #62
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I worked for a non-profit. They did something I didn't agree with and I just gave a 6 weeks notice and quit. That was the first time in my life that I could actually quit a job without having another one to go to. I knew I had enough funds to last the rest of DH and my lives. That was almost 7 years ago.
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Old 01-12-2017, 07:27 AM   #63
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For me it was the technology. Rather than saving labor, it increased my work load as management used it to enhance the company's online presence -- and eliminate others' jobs. As a former co-w*orker used to remark, "Every upgrade is a downgrade."

After a new, particularly migrane-producing platform was rolled out, I slogged through for a few months until a buyout offer came around (they were pretty regular annual events).
Yes- this is happening for me too. Company just eliminated an important data field on my desktop. When I called to ask where it had gone, I was told that "customers didn't want that information" What does a customer care what is on my desktop? Besides that, clients ask for that information all the time and now I have to go through 17 steps to find it. AARGH.
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:15 AM   #64
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FAs a former co-w*orker used to remark, "Every upgrade is a downgrade."
Yes! I worked with computers for 36 years. It used to be we'd all look forward to an upgrade. Faster, easier to use, useful new features, etc.

Now every new version is slower, takes more steps to accomplish anything, is bloated with useless features, and includes a lot of changes "for change's sake" so customers think they're getting something better.

Frequently, advanced capabilities and features that full-time users rely on is removed to "simplify" the system for beginners. Beginners write the reviews and will complain if there's too much functionality they don't yet understand.

I don't know exactly when that change occurred, but it was certainly a "signal" to me that the job wasn't fun anymore.
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:24 AM   #65
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Now every new version is slower, takes more steps to accomplish anything, is bloated with useless features, and includes a lot of changes "for change's sake" so customers think they're getting something better.
+1 Or, as I frequently remark to DW, (who used to be a Software Developer), "AAAAARRRRGHHHH!"
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:40 AM   #66
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Several for me, but top 2:
1) Working in Manhattan, it wasn't feasible to run lunchtime or before work. Running in the dark, when I got home, flat-out sucked. So, I wasn't running much and that bothered me a lot.
2) By NYC commuting standards, I had a good commute. Nevertheless, in the last year or so I started to hate even that "good" commute.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:19 AM   #67
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The two jobs I left, the main signal was that I found myself singing The Animals 'We've gotta get out of this place' on my way from the parking lot to the building or just sitting in my car in the parking lot.
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:17 PM   #68
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The things getting under my skin these days are:
- W*rking in a matrixed org where there are few deciders and many
approvers.
- Being handed projects where I have all the accountability but no
authority.
- Leading projects where I have to beg others for funding from their
Budgets and I have none of my own.

Just a few....
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Old 01-13-2017, 12:38 PM   #69
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I enjoyed my job, loved my co workers and my last boss was the greatest. I always had a "date" to retire, due to retiree health benefits. My boss asked me to work on call to help with projects and I agreed. However, the last six months before retiring, I stopped sleeping well, BP went up and I knew I could not go back. It only took 2 months for sleep to improve and blood pressure to go way back down. My body knew what my working brain did not at the time. Work was not good for me!
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:02 PM   #70
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Over 15 years I watched the company attitude go from "startup", where individual productivity was first priority, to BIG, where "process" was more important than productivity. Middle managers were more and more isolated from the negative effects of their decisions, so they made choices based on what gave them a bigger bonus. Anyone working for a big company is probably familiar with this. The change happened slowly, like boiling a frog, so we got used to it.

But what put me over the edge was working through the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2014, fixing bugs for a software release that I later learned no one wanted. Previously our VP had declared that "all deadlines would be met", even if they made no sense. Some other idiot had set the release date for Wednesday after Memorial Day, and testing started Wednesday before. Anyone with half a brain could have foreseen the consequences. No one was willing to change the schedule when they realized that customers weren't interested in the new feature. I realized that management was broken, and it couldn't be fixed from where I sat.

I guess this got me started thinking outside the box. It was during the process of exploring my options that I realized I had enough saved to retire on. Then it was just a matter of choosing the time.
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:37 PM   #71
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OK, for those of you very close or just into retirement. What were your mental signals (beyond financial) it was time to retire.

I can't decide if;
a) I'm reaching a new level of laziness not seen before, or
b). It's time to pull the plug on work.
Yep, that's the age-old question. I don't have an answer and it wasn't particularly clear to me until mega-corp offered an incentive to leave. It became crystal clear at that point.

I had already been going back and forth between a) and b)... I knew it wasn't really laziness and I was working as hard as ever to do complete my projects at work. However, my heart was just not in it - w*rk, that is. As I said, mega-corp made it crystal clear but it was relatively clear (your answer b.) that it was just time to go.
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Previously our VP had declared that "all deadlines would be met", even if they made no sense. Some other idiot had set the release date for Wednesday after Memorial Day, and testing started Wednesday before. Anyone with half a brain could have foreseen the consequences. No one was willing to change the schedule when they realized that customers weren't interested in the new feature. I realized that management was broken, and it couldn't be fixed from where I sat.
Sounds like the big company I worked for. Same exact mentality.

Being reminded of things I DON'T miss about working always cheers me up Thanks!
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Uh, finding myself in tears 2 or 3 days a week as I parked the truck to hop onto the commuter train.
this literally was me brewer. my last months on my job I would be sitting in the parking lot crying because I did not want to go in.

that was it for me
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this literally was me brewer. my last months on my job I would be sitting in the parking lot crying because I did not want to go in.

that was it for me
Glad I got out before I got to the crying stage... singing was enough to tell me it was time to go. Definitely can identify though.
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:59 PM   #75
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this literally was me brewer. my last months on my job I would be sitting in the parking lot crying because I did not want to go in.

that was it for me
After most business trips I would also be in tears when I finally got to the parking garage and saw the truck on the way home.
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:40 AM   #76
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During my 36 years carrier I had a few jobs I hated to go to but always was able to overpower myself in order to bring in pay. Twice it was due to a bad boss who managed skilled techs but had no any training or experience in what he managed. Yet much more hated were constant nightly emergency calls in, sometimes twice in one night, driving to a plant half asleep and working with machinery (Chillers, boilers, huge air handlers, high voltage etc) because some companies had no night shift coverage yet operating 24/7 manufacturing. There were also jobs that I enjoyed to work at despite occasional calls in which were not so frequent. Yet I knew that my time was up as HVAC tech when I no longer could do it due to health issues.
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When I was no longer motivated by money. When I got more joy thinking about a future trip to Europe or Montana then looking at a bonus check.
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Old 01-14-2017, 10:08 AM   #78
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I just felt done. I'm just not as excited about the new projects like I once was. I developed a giant case of "been there, done that".

Sure there are always new peaks to climb, but they all look like the same peaks I've climbed before. Time for a change.
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Over 15 years I watched the company attitude go from "startup", where individual productivity was first priority, to BIG, where "process" was more important than productivity. Middle managers were more and more isolated from the negative effects of their decisions, so they made choices based on what gave them a bigger bonus. Anyone working for a big company is probably familiar with this. The change happened slowly, like boiling a frog, so we got used to it.

But what put me over the edge was working through the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2014, fixing bugs for a software release that I later learned no one wanted. Previously our VP had declared that "all deadlines would be met", even if they made no sense. Some other idiot had set the release date for Wednesday after Memorial Day, and testing started Wednesday before. Anyone with half a brain could have foreseen the consequences. No one was willing to change the schedule when they realized that customers weren't interested in the new feature. I realized that management was broken, and it couldn't be fixed from where I sat.

I guess this got me started thinking outside the box. It was during the process of exploring my options that I realized I had enough saved to retire on. Then it was just a matter of choosing the time.
+1

Bingo! Glad you escaped too.

Like you, things for me started well, but gradually deteriorated. The last 6 years were often bad; the last 2 years were living Hell! I'm so glad DW & I had saved enough to get out.

It's amazing reading this thread. So many of these situations also applied to my old j*b.
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