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At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

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No one: I'm a new hire
  3336 votes / 11%
A few people, but I'm on the left of the curve
  6378 votes / 22%
About half of my coworkers.
  4477 votes / 15%
Most of my coworkers.
  6957 votes / 24%
I'm the longest-lived employee of all.
  1757 votes / 6%
Do you count "unemployed" as a job?
  2744 votes / 9%
I'm self-employed.
  2693 votes / 9%
28342 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
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  • Golden handcuffs (Score:5, Insightful)

    by LunaticTippy (872397) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:29PM (#46151241)
    I feel a little trapped in my job. Pay is OK, hours are 9-5, and in my mid 40s I'm scared of trying something new that might turn into 60 hour weeks or go belly up.

    I've been through enough pointless death marches and had enough employers go under. Sometimes I think about pursuing something more exciting or lucrative but stability wins out for me when it comes to paychecks.
  • by DeTech (2589785) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:35PM (#46151355)
    Sometimes the lifehack is doing what you don't mind to have time to do what you love.
  • by techno-vampire (666512) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @02:07PM (#46151859) Homepage
    I selected that I'm unemployed, because it's the least wrong answer. The right answer is that I'm retired, but I can understand why that's not showing up on a Slashdot poll.
  • Re:Phd (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Infiniti2000 (1720222) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @03:33PM (#46153263)
    That might be the last time you have a decent job that isn't being a teacher somewhere.
  • by Valdrax (32670) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @07:20PM (#46156525)

    I'm in the same boat. I work great hours, have weekends off, great pay and no motivation to continue climbing anymore. I don't want to switch jobs because my current job of 5 years is comfortable and I still get new challenges all the time that keep me from getting bored.

    I don't understand the problem. The only thing I see in your statement that can be construed as a negative is "no motivation to continue climbing anymore," and I frankly don't see the negative in that. If you are comfortable, well paid, and kept interested, then why would escaping the rat race be a bad thing?

    Or are you just bragging about how awesome you have it?

  • I'm a fixture... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ackthpt (218170) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @08:36PM (#46157285) Homepage Journal

    ...Like the plumbing.

  • by Lotana (842533) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @10:35PM (#46158213)

    That way lies burnout. Do something unrelated to work in your free time, lest you lose your passion.

    I speak from experience :-(

  • by leonardluen (211265) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @11:24PM (#46158547)

    it still applies, "Outlast" just has a slightly different meaning.

  • Year 15 here (Score:4, Insightful)

    by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @12:43AM (#46159013)

    I'm kind of a stick in the mud, though - I was at my previous job well over a decade. I do like my job overall, and while the pay is somewhat less than I'd make on the outside (I'm at a university), the benefits are definitely better than in the private sector.

    I have interviewed elsewhere a few times, and have had a couple offers; but, as a middle aged guy with a family, stability and benefits end up trumping a better salary for me.

  • Re:Phd (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @11:08AM (#46162299)

    You don't want to do a postdoc... do something, anything else. It is absolutely the worst type of job you could get (I don't care what field it is). I've been a professor and I've been a government grant manager. I know how academic sausage is made, and it's not pretty. The lives and livelihoods of senior grad students and postdocs are gambled for big results, but they very rarely see the pay off, it will go to the faculty mentor almost without fail. Senior faculty, no matter how nice and well intentioned, are not there to help you out. You will be used and discarded. Go find some young (untenured, tenure track) professor and ask for career advice. That person will tell you to go get a job in industry or government until you've done enough to switch directly to a tenured faculty position; that is, if being a professor is what you want to do.

    Getting a PhD is nice, but anyone who is telling you to get a postdoc is not doing you any favors. Get out there and actually start getting credit for your work. You may think you are, but the people with the money are giving credit for your work to your professor.

  • Re:Frosty piss (Score:5, Insightful)

    by buswolley (591500) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:12PM (#46167725) Journal
    MISSING option: FUCK BETA. Fuck Beta a second time.
  • Re:Frosty piss (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Common Joe (2807741) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @02:55AM (#46171019) Journal

    Okian Warrior agrees. He wants help to create a new site at and needs help to make it happen: []

    This shit about forcing us onto inferior technology and inferior information at a technology site is asinine. I can't believe they are going to force us onto the beta site after all of the feedback we've given them with the specific reasons about what is wrong with the technology. If they can't believe the experts in technology who are also their customers, who are they going to believe?

    For a laugh, here is an article [] written by someone at computer world and promoted at about what marketing would like to say to IT people like us. It starts off with "Chief marketing officer David Perry knows exactly what he needs from his organization's IT department" and goes downhill from there. Dice, take note that this article is so full of holes, we could tear this article apart in our sleep yet you are just like Chief marketing officer David Perry. You think you know what you need to do and you are wrong because you are not listening to us.

    I agree with one thing mentioned in the article: technology people and marketing people should work more closely together. Why aren't you? Why aren't you reaching out and hearing our feedback? You have 3, 4, and 5 digit users saying very negative things about the beta site with clear logical reasoning. The 6 and 7 digit users are in full support.

    Want to stop Okian Warrior and keep who you haven't lost here? Halt production of the new website and publically announce that you're scrapping it. Fix the problems with the old site and then get feedback as how to improve the old site. Yeah, some of us are a little crass, but we'll work with you if you work with us.

  • Re:Frosty piss (Score:4, Insightful)

    by cervesaebraciator (2352888) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @04:02PM (#46177375)

    [...] not quite as bad as Windows 8 [...]

    It's built on the same design principle: If it ain't broke, abandon it for something entirely different.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor


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