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74% of IT pros are happy with their jobs?

By sMoRTy71 ·
I was reading an article over on eWeek called "Building the Perfect IT Person" and I noticed an interesting statistic:

"74% = Portion of the IT work force happy with their jobs in July, up from 71 percent in June, according to Hudson Employment Index for IT Workers data released Aug. 2."

74%? That seemed high to me, especially based on a lot of the comments I read here in our forum :)

Do you think that number is accurate? Do you consider yourself happy in terms of your career?

BTW, here is the link to the eWeek story:
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2002881,00.asp

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Maybe happy to HAVE their job?

by jdclyde In reply to 74% of IT pros are happy ...

I am personally happy with my job.

I set my own schedule, choose my own projects, don't have someone breathing down my neck, and make a decent wage.

They also have tuition re-embursement of $2500 a year (which is one semester for me) so they removed my cap completely. I just have to pay for the books.

Thirsty Thursdays the CEO is at the local bar, and buys the rounds for any and everyone that stops in.

Sure, I don't make as much as if I was for a major tech firm, but the small family business (only about $50 mill) is the way to go for work environment.

People like to grip, whine and complain. If a higher percentage really hated their jobs, they would get off their arses and get a different job. Simple. The number sounds good to me. B-)

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Yep, Thankful is more likely

by scott365 In reply to Maybe happy to HAVE their ...

I'm happy with my current job, but I've been in the IT trenches before when I wasn't allowed to have a life unless my life revolved around work.

I, like jdclyde, am in a company where the feel is family owned even though it's a somewhat large staff. People are more thankful for my services and the top dog says my (and other IT staff) workday starts at 8a and ends at 5p with exception of a few long weekends rebuilding servers.

As for me, I'm happy to have a good job with good benefits.

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Happy to have a job ... wish I had Phoenix pay

by Too Old For IT In reply to Maybe happy to HAVE their ...
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Agreed...happy to have ANY job in IT

by jck In reply to Maybe happy to HAVE their ...

Am I happy with my job? No, but it's better than being unemployed. And, I've seen a lot of shops in good ole boy Corporate America trying to "streamline operations" to reduce the number of IT while still retaining top-heavy management numbers.

As for getting off your arse...

It's not as easy as you think sometimes. I have been fully qualified for jobs here and abroad. Fact is, I can't afford to make trips for interviews 50-100 miles each way once per week because of the expense and the fact I'd run out of paid leave to do so.

And, I can't afford to go back to school and get a degree. That takes money and with all the tax and insurance hikes lately...making it on government pay went from okay to difficult.

You have to understand, jdclyde. The place you work is an exception...not the rule. Most IT shops are severely understaffed and/or overtasked. You have a posh job. Don't let that make you think everyone has it as nice as you. I've had 2 bosses that would go drink beers with the staff. The others preferred to go to the country club in their Merc or Jag and hobnob with other elitists.

Lucky my current boss is a good guy...or...I'd have gone to working double shifts at Home Depot and quit this place. The work environment has gone from good to sucks in under 2 years with some recent hirings.

Anyways...stay where you are and retire from there...you got it good.

As for me, I'm still looking to go to a small company in Ireland where I can actually work and have my efforts appreciated by more than just my boss.

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posh job?

by jdclyde In reply to Agreed...happy to have AN ...

We have 100 end users, spread around the state. There are three of us to cover the hardware/software, but I end up as the primary in most cases. the shortest drive is an hour and a half, each way. Yesterday was three hours each way.

I am the only network guy.

I am the only security guy.

I am the only inhouse trainer.

I do the lions share of finding new ways to do things, and test equipment.

My co-workers, one spends most of her time with the phone system and the other programming (cobol).

There is a lot on my plate, but I do it well so people give me a lot of elbow room to handle things.

Most people have a problem because they end up working for a poorly trained boss that thinks they need to babysit and micromanage you. I could not live (happily) like that, but I could make do if it was the only way to pay the bills.

The family business will usually have the higher job satisfaction than the big corporations or the government work. The pay just isn't always as good. I could make about 1/3 more if I was willing to move to Detroit or Lansing, but money isn't worth more to me than family and friends. If I can make it buy comfortably without moving, I will. I DO drive an hour each way to my office. Next year I am going to see if I can telecommute more.

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yes...posh *job*

by jck In reply to posh job?

Your freedom makes it very posh compared to a lot of people.

If I called you posh...that'd mean well-to-do...if I said posh ****...that means someone used "protection" in regards to intercourse...but...a posh job is luxurious...mansions are posh too.

As for duties?

I currently serve over 140 employees in my department directly at 7 different sites ranging from the tech savvy to field workers some of which barely even know how to power on the computer, and peripherally another 250+ employees from other departments within the government but outside of mine who access my databases or my software.

I am the only Microsoft or Linux developer writing apps for my department. Plus, that makes me the only person who can document my software and train everyone who has to use it.

I am the technical backup to my boss, who administrates the Unix server and billing system software.

I am the only MS/SQL, Oracle or Sybase database person in my department.

I am the "go-to" tech contact to get information for anything from memory sticks to digital cameras to routers to LCD monitors to barcode scanners.

I am a purchasing technician of sorts, because I can tell people where to go to get the best government and retail pricing for items...even the purchasing department people.

I am solely responsible for the development and interfacing of our location software to the State of Florida's locating designee organisation.

I am the primary Crystal Reports person in my department, e.g.- I get to modify 200+ of my boss' reports to the new billing system database schema that he's done in the past several years...before 4 October 2006...lucky me, eh?


We don't manage our own phone system or computer network. Otherwise, I'd probably be doing that too. The commission centralised that at the main office complex along with physically hosting email servers and DB servers there.

The only thing I don't do full-time that is done here...is manage PC technical issues or Unix system admin. I'm a backup to others on that stuff when they are out sick or something.

Plus the biggest thing of all, I'm accountable to 58,000 paying customers whom we serve. If my data is not correct, accessible or I'm not here to answer questions as fast as they want...you know what hits the fan.

So yes...you do have it posh in your IT role...compared to a lot of people. Your flexibility and freedom to choose that you mentioned about makes your job a rareity in IT.

I used to have a job like yours. Computer Services Section Head...multiple locations...around 100 users...2 hour drives to fix things...jack of all trades job...designed and procured $250,000+ of system and network upgrades...two of us doing all the work. And, I didn't get to set my own schedule then...and, I was only making $27,000 a year too...which I guess was okay for a 27 year old.

Now, I'm Senior Programmer. Technically, I sit only under my boss, the department asst. director and the department director, within my department...and the commissioners at the governmental level.

Now...I don't get to choose anything other than when I need to go to the bathroom and when I get a cup of coffee.

Like yesterday, I arrived at 7:10am and I didn't get lunch or a break until 4pm yesterday. At which time (because I had revamped 6 reports and upgraded and tested 4 pieces of software), I went home.

Your job is nice...just ask how many people here get to set their own schedule, choose their projects, etc.

Honest man...you got it made compared to most...freedom of schedule...choice of work...freedom from a boss over your shoulder...a boss who buys you booze...etc.

yes...posh was a good term. Your job is pretty darn posh. :)

BTW...what's the mileage reimbursement up to nowadays? $.36 per mile?

Count yourself as lucky man...you've got it made.

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AWAY peasant!

by jdclyde In reply to yes...posh *job*

Had I only known before! ;\

Reimbursement is ONLY $.35, but the government does I believe $.49, so if I keep track of the total mileale and subtract what I get from work, I can claim the difference on my taxes! Both going to the other locations AND going to school. (did I mention they are paying for me to get my POSH BA in network management?)

Yes, it is a good place to work, and thankfully I make a good bit more than 27.

Just wish I could get a company car!

My boss will be retiring within a year, and things could change very quickly around here. I will be applying for that job. I would let go of some of my duties to be able to perform the management side, but I would keep the network/server/security parts. You know, the fun stuff.

And actually, it is my bosses boss that buys the booze every thursty thursday. B-)

Was not aware everyone has it so badly? Or do people like to have a more structured day?

Beautiful sunny day, just got done with a joy ride to another location for a few small jobs. Time to fill out that expense report!

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Typical IT

by jck In reply to AWAY peasant! :p

1) Is not mobile. Most companies like to locate personnel with their equipment in a single location and do as much server-side as possible (saves money).

2) Does not have bosses buying booze unless they get to write it off as business-related.

3) has "standard hours"...which you are required to be there. Although, they will hire you salary so that you are required to work more than that to meet deadlines. But, they don't have to compensate you for it.


I did the supervisory/management thing 10 years ago. It's not my kinda thing, at least in the environments I've been in since then.

I can't go into a meeting an tell my bosses "I need these things." and be told that I don't. That rides up my butt worse than any underwear could ever.

If I am put in a job to run something, I'm gonna know what my people need...what they want...and what they'd like. If I say "We really need new network hardware." because our routers have been dropping out regularly and are out of warranty, we need to replace them. I don't go crying wolf.

If they know better than me, they should just fire me and guess at what my people need. It'd be more cost-effective and have the same result.

Anyways...yes...the bulk of corporate IT:

1) is droll
2) is repressing
3) doesn't usually want you to further your education unless it's on your time and your dime.

This is the first place I have worked that paid me to go to a training course on their time and put me in a hotel and gave me meal money. Everyone else has expected me to do it myself, or held it in-house at noon and gave us $1.40 lunches and said that was a "working lunch".

Anyways...congrats on your company. I'm looking for a company like that...in Europe. Hopefully Ireland, but England or Scotland or Holland or Italy would do. :)

(Then I could drive an air-car and not be laughed at for being environmentally conscientious. )

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What would have made it all perfect

by jdclyde In reply to Typical IT

we ALMOST bought out a competitor that is about three miles from my house! :_| I could have moved my office there and rode my bike to work!

5 minutes to work instead of and hour. Wow, that would have been cool. It fell through and now could never happen. Damn monopoly laws! X-(

Being a programmer also is very differnt to the type of support. You HAVE a set project that has to be in. I started here as a cobol programmer, doing the y2k re-write of our legacy system. 850 programs accessing 900 datafiles, all intertwined. That took a year and a half of being locked in my cave. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Now the only programming I do is html for the Intranet.

Good luck at being more like me! A noble endevor! B-)

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haha...right

by jck In reply to Typical IT

If anything, I'm ahead of you...

I've already been in your shoes...I learned the lessons...and got out of management.

I'm looking for that kind of company...not to be like you.

(So when is your boss retiring and where do I send my resume? )

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