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It is not the pay

by The Chad In reply to IT morale drops to all-ti ...

It is the fact that we're being asked to do more with less, disrespected at every turn, and basically told to "suck it up."

...and we will, as long as the economy sucks. Once things start improving, then MANY, MANY people are going to switch jobs.

Right now, you don't dare rock the boat or refuse to do any scum-sucking thing your PHB tells you to do, but that is a temporary state...

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Will there really be a lot of job switching?

by RexWorld In reply to It is not the pay

I hear where you're coming from, I worked for a scum-sucking CTO once. But realistically, do you think people will switch in droves? I mean, so many IT folks have now lived with this uncertainty for the past couple years they may feel it's safer to just stay put. Even when the economy picks up for IT folks.

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I totally AGREE!

by capabel In reply to It is not the pay

I totally agree!! I took a job about 8 months ago with very well known large finance company that has received numerous reward for being one of the best companies to work for. I was hoping to avoid the your listed way of treatment of IT staff. Well it seems to be WORSE! They recently laid off a lot of local staff and centralized to a few larger support offices only.
The problem now is you have half as many support staff with twice as many issues. Also now we have to support India where they decided to outsource about 800 jobs which should have been filled in the states!! Majority of the staff are currently looking and about half of them have already left. The attitude of the company is I could care less, because now I can fill the position at a reasonably less rate. When will companies learn that it's a short term cost savings that will end up in a long term issue. A lot of the major partners are also leaving the firm, because it's making everyone's job tougher and more stressful. Day to day task like e-mail are going down more often, because un-skilled IT staff are in over their head causing serious outages and issues.
Not sure if there will be any IT staff here with more than 5 years experience in the company once the economy picks up!!

WILL WORK FOR NOT $$$ BUT RESPECT!

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I totally AGREE!

by capabel In reply to It is not the pay

I totally agree!! I took a job about 8 months ago with very well known large finance company that has received numerous reward for being one of the best companies to work for. I was hoping to avoid the your listed way of treatment of IT staff. Well it seems to be WORSE! They recently laid off a lot of local staff and centralized to a few larger support offices only.
The problem now is you have half as many support staff with twice as many issues. Also now we have to support India where they decided to outsource about 800 jobs which should have been filled in the states!! Majority of the staff are currently looking and about half of them have already left. The attitude of the company is I could care less, because now I can fill the position at a reasonably less rate. When will companies learn that it's a short term cost savings that will end up in a long term issue. A lot of the major partners are also leaving the firm, because it's making everyone's job tougher and more stressful. Day to day task like e-mail are going down more often, because un-skilled IT staff are in over their head causing serious outages and issues.
Not sure if there will be any IT staff here with more than 5 years experience in the company once the economy picks up!!

WILL WORK FOR NOT $$$ BUT RESPECT!

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yesterday?s technologies

by furl12 In reply to It is not the pay

When the economy starts improving? The recession ended TWO YEARS ago and the current worry is about the economy becoming too hot.

You?re not interested in more pay? That?s good. One point of view says that this whole fiasco was about lowering pay for IT workers. I wouldn?t worry that you?ll need to be coy about accepting a pay raise any time soon.

You want respect? Be careful that you don?t get what you?re asking for, which will certainly be seen by exectutives as more rah-rah speeches, saccharine slogans, cheap plastic ?rewards?. And SMILE when you accept that mass-produced ?Certificate of Appreciation?, because it?s all you?re going to get in this industry from now on.

For myself, I no longer pay any subscriptions to professional organizations (IEEE?), technical magazines (Goodbye, Dr Dobbs) or spend my evenings and weekends ?keeping up to date? on my own time and dollar. As long as the fool company I work for pays my 6-figure salary, I will do what my contract calls for and not one iota more. This isn?t an attitude, it?s BUSINESS.

?Respect?, on either side, isn?t part of the bargain. Stop trying to revive the dead. We have a future we need to start designing and it doesn?t involve buggies, television sets or IT. Those are yesterday?s technologies. Leave them to the third world.

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