IT Employment

Poll: How do you feel about your job?

Bad economic times affect workers in more ways than layoffs. Many people stay in jobs they don't like because there's nowhere else to go. Take our poll and tell us about your current situation.

We've talked a lot about layoffs and tips for dealing with the aftermath. But another offshoot of bad economic times is that more people are staying put in jobs that they don't necessarily like because they fear unemployment, or they fear moving to a different job that may turn out to be worse than their current position.

A good many people are even taking cuts in salaries and benefits to stay where they are. I'd like to take an informal poll to see where you guys are in this respect.

About

Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

16 comments
ckulins
ckulins

I can't vote cause I'm un-employed :-(

dalmei
dalmei

Crisis and pressure eventually help companies purge the incompetent and paper pushers out. The problem is that before the "eventually" happens, you have to deal with incompetent, under skilled and overly aggressive people who are trying to hang on to positions that they are not competent to fill.

JimInPA
JimInPA

I love my job but my boss is an incompetent a$$ and most of my co-workers are back stabbing weasels. The clique mentality is alive and well here. I left here once before and I ended up coming back. My last exit interview I met with the director of the department and the director of human resources and they said they were unaware and wished I had talked to them sooner. I gave it some time and then came back and you know what? It got exponentially WORSE! Fortunately for me tomorrow is my last day, unfortunately I am leaving a dear friend behind who is now left to deal on her own :( etu

LocoLobo
LocoLobo

I like my job. But my organization is selling our building and splitting us up. I still have A job, but... I understand the reasons for our move. Spend dollars tomorrow to get a dime right now. But we've spent almost twenty years in time and money building a better lab. Soon it will be gone. Giving that up hurts. I still like my job, but...

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

is a great example of sheer optimism. [i]Crisis and pressure eventually help companies purge the incompetent and paper pushers out.[/i]

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

A lot of similarities. I'm stressed out most of the time, and can't wait to retire (I'm eligible the end of this month), but I'm staying because of my best friend, who would be saddled with most of the work should I leave. When she decides to leave, we're both leaving at the same time. [edit because my boss reads these forums too :) ]

Curious00000001
Curious00000001

I have a great teamlead and overall like the team I am in. I also love my overall profession but I absolutly hate the job I am doing now. For now my reason for staying is because I enjoy my team and to learn as much as I can before I go insane. The scary thing is I think most of the others (atleast the ones who deserve their jobs) feel the same way. If any of the core leave it is going to be like rats off a sinking ship.

robert.anderson
robert.anderson

I love my professions and my job. My company is flexible with my schedule which is nice and I am not micromanaged. I hate the business decisions the company is making, hate the H1-Visa employee we have who is way overpaid and creates screw ups all day long that I have to fix, hate the fact I am way below average on the pay scale, and hat ethe fact even more that I don't make half of the H1-Visa employee because as my manager stated... I am an American citizen and they have to pay him that much according to gov. regulations. Other than that, my life is swell.

davidt
davidt

I had to pick "I hate some parts of my job" because I had to take a 10% pay cut to stay here. But other than that, I love it.

ardz_dhy
ardz_dhy

It's crazy actually, this is hell, though i like it here, lol, it's because of my office mates that seems to be making my day great in the office. I can do whatever I want here, same with someone who previously made a post, if i'm lazy, i just stay in the IT room, if there's a problem, gotta fix it right away then goes straight at the office doing whatever comes to my mind during those boring days. Man, if it weren't for those office mates of mine, I've been long gone from the company. Anyway, enjoying work is the best way to work. No stress and all, everyday is great. (well sometimes boring)

MikeG3b
MikeG3b

"is a great example of sheer optimism" In your dreams, perhaps. It's been my experience that middle-managers use a wave of layoffs as the opportunity to purge "troublemakers", meaning, people who might be promotable, who are so good they've got lateral or vertical mobility within the company, and so on. Most layoff decisions are based on either of two things: reducing head count, or reducing payroll. That means that, very often, the most vulnerable people are in the lower and upper tiers. The lower end people are often easy to replace, and the upper tier people (often) make too much money to keep on the payroll. IMO, it's a rare manager who actually lays off pople based on "incompetence" or being a paper-pusher. There's nothing like having half of your workmakes fired to turn an lazy, incompetent worker into a very busy bee.

Darltk
Darltk

I like the career field but I do not like the place I work at. I have a micro managing boss that I report to and there has never been any room for promotions. It is usually a bad experience going into work because you never know her mood. The place I work has a lot of buddy and nepotism going on. Living in Michigan, I am glad to have a job however, I feel this job is a dead end. I have been trying to find another job but in Michigan it is difficult. I have a masters but I am going for an MA in education and getting a cert in networking to keep my skills up to date. I have always tried to improve myself to have control of my own destiny but this job makes me feel like a failure.

AbsolutelyNot
AbsolutelyNot

I like what I do, I have some leeway with my schedule... BUT--- Promotion opportunities are about nil unless one is literally willing to sleep with someone higher up. Wages are artificially low for the agency workers, but the contractors are paid twice or more as much for doing a lot less. NSPS sucks! I stay around for two reasons--I need a job because I am addicted to things like shelter and food AND there is ONE benefit that I keep when I finally do leave if I put in my alloted time (and I am too close to walk away now).

Barshalom
Barshalom

My job is okay. I'm an IT Manager at a rural hospital that is growing (we are near a major metro area near the coast of Georgia). I do wish the pay and the retirement benefits were better, but overall I am happy with my career in IT. I get to try and improve on things here, and that is fun. Since I'm the highest IT person here (IT Manager instead of CIO), I see this as a setup to becoming a CIO or CTO somewhere else that should command my 17 years of experience in IT.

Editor's Picks