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    • I hate changing jobs and have only done it 4 times in 30 years.

      The first was for a better opportunity as I felt the technology where I was would not be good for long term future prospects. What really started me looking was my second annual evaluations in a row by my manager that rated me as average even though I was doing the same work and quality as "senior" people that had been there 5 years. It was a great decision.

      The second was partially involuntary. I could have stayed if I wanted to uproot my family and relocate half way across the country to a less desirable market for the software industry. That was a "I'll take your severance package and good luck" obvious decision. That turned out to be a great decision to change jobs as well.

      The third I enjoyed the company but certain people, particularly HR/Admin staff drove me away. The straw was nit picking working hours and treating me like an hourly employee even though I was exempt. For example, I attended a trade show Thur-Sun and didn't get home until late Sunday night. The office manager told me I needed to take 1/2 vacation day because I didn't show up until noon on Monday (after being gone and working all day Saturday and Sunday). She complained if anyone took a 2 hour lunch break to go to a doctor's office regardless of the fact that they had worked 60 hours the previous week. I decided if that was how they were going to treat people that I was not going to put up with that and left. That turned out to be a great decision.

      The last one was very recent and I haven't been at the new place long enough to know if this was a great decision or not.

    • That reminds me of a company that had three outstanding employees — two of our best engineers and the head of design, who was super talented and productive. The two engineers had an engineering manager who wasn’t receptive to many improvements the engineers wanted to make.

      So, realizing that to ask permission was to seek denial, they stealthed together on Friday nights when everyone had left the office, often until midnight. They made some of the best improvements to the product that way which our customers loved.

      Unfortunately, to get ready for the high energy push it took from 6-12, they would go out running or some such on Friday afternoons. And that is how they became known to senior managers as slackers. While others were staying until 5 on Fridays, they were out running by 3.

      One got fired and the other two left.

    • Sad when people are so out of touch with what is really going on.

      I had to spend hours arguing with management to give one of my team members that was underpaid a 10% raise. He was making $30k and I wanted to give him a $3,000 raise. They said nobody gets a 10% raise, the standard is 3%. After much pursuasion including bringing up the fact that they would be more than happy to pay a head hunter $10k to fill the empty position that would by created by him leaving, that we'd likely end up paying more than $33k for a replacement and then we'd be a year behind because he was up to speed and proficient, they reluctantly agreed to a $3k raise.

    • @United78 I’ve chatted with @zorxique about the challenges of his overseas teaching gig, and sometimes the hardest thing is to just get through the end of the semester: schools don’t appreciate when you break your contract and leave mid-term. I put this together with the help of some outstanding veteran educators (@kidsnetsoft, @dcrescitelli, @LilMathGirl and @Gotmathhelp). Some of the tips are geared to newbies but others are good reminders for self-care.

    • In regards to applying for positions, The Guardian came out with an article on tips to get through the screening process, some of dubious ethics but nonetheless potentially effective.

      “One HR employee for a major technology company recommends slipping the words “Oxford” or “Cambridge” into a CV in invisible white text, to pass the automated screening.”

    • Thank you for the mention. If your purpose for doing so was to get a response or comment from me, then let me say that I have been working on one. I just haven't had time to gather all of my thoughts properly and type them out. Please be patient with me.

    • @StephenL

      Well, I finally got my response finished, but it turned into an actual post rather than a reply on here. You can see it here.

      In short, I personally have not had a good experience with changing jobs. My feeling and advice after my own experience is to only change jobs if things are really bad at your current place or if you definitelly know that things will be better at the new place.

      Not to discourage you from making a change, but my personal feeling is it's better to stick with the devil you know rather than change to the devil you don't know.

    • Been with my company over 30 years. Small aerospace firm. Revolving door of new contracts and new challenges. The company encourages us to move around and experience different teams, technologies and customers. We have turnover but close to 50% end up coming back.
      Along the way I had a health crisis and the company stepped up and got me through it. Their loyalty to me has prompted my loyalty to them.
      But, I’ll always wonder “What if...?”