Post # 1
Just for fun – what are the two MOST important factors for you at work?
In no particular order:
2. Formal benefits (like healthcare insurance, retirement plan, relocation, stock options, PTO, etc.)
3. People, atmosphere and general work culture
4. The actual work or projects you’ll be doing
5. Location, commute and/or geography (including proximity to SO, friends and family)
6. Professional relevance (how close is this job to your field of study)
7. Prestige and reputation of either the position or the employer
8. Work schedule and flex policies
9. Other (please specify)
Also, please post your age and if you want, what state/country you live in! 🙂
Post # 2
akshali2000 : I got 3 most important things. Location, pay and schedule.
Post # 3
akshali2000 : Definitely other (purpose and being of service), people and culture, followed by the actual work I’m doing.
I gave up a good paying, “prestigious” job at a top school for one that’s less in all of those categories, and I’ve never been happier!
I live in NYC, and we’re moving to the ‘burbs to be closer to my job. It’s pretty awesome. 🙂
Post # 4
5. Location, but I’m also grouping scheduling with that. I work to live not live to work and whatever I’m doing needs to flow with the rest of my life which means NO weekends and I never want to leave after 4:30 PM. I’ve found this balance works well for me and it’s the happiest I’ve ever been, career wise.
1. and 2. are tied. I like money, but I don’t want to kill myself for it. I also live in Canada so it’s relatively easy to get most benefits for free even if your workplace doesn’t cover them. (Currently on the wait list for an MRI for a knee I MAY have tweaked and I use the university dental school for free dental.) I wish I had more to contribute to my retirement, but I gave up on that a long time ago. I know too many people who’ve killed themselves and have fuck all in terms of retirement and only certain jobs cushion you with those.
6. Is the least important to me. My career path consisted of humanities and langauges. I was fucking 17 when I entered university and I just thought learning to speak a few languages would be nifty, lol. I could care less about it now. Can’t speak 2 of the 3 I leanred, anyway.
Post # 5
Hey I’m 24 in Portland, ME! I’m an RN so my main thing first of all is hours (i like working 3 12s day shift) and general work culture! Pay of course is a close third but i would take a pay but for my day shift!
Post # 6
1. Other- getting to help people and make a difference in their life
2. Culture and work environment. I also love who I get to work and do life with!
Post # 7
Assuming that the job is already relevant to my skills/degree (#6, because that’s the kind of job I’d want to take), I’d say #5 and #3. As someone who has a crappy long commute right now in order to have a higher paying job, I’d say closer proximity to work outweighs salary. #3 because assuming you’re spending 40+ hours a week there, I’d want to be around people I enjoy and generally get along with and somewhere that I’m comfortable.
Post # 8
ana2017 : I forgot schedule, good catch! Amended.
Post # 9
1. Other- creative outlet, variety in work.
2. Team culture- would say company culture but how the team interacts varies widely within the same company
3. Advancement opportunities
35/ Las Vegas
Post # 10
This is a really tough question for me to answer as it’s all sort of a sliding scale. SAlary is important to a point but I would take a cut to about 3/4 of my current number for an ideal work environment with a better schedule and more pleasant environment. At the moment I would not take a job outside my current narrow niche but I would reconsider that in a few years once I (hopefully) have kids. I like my short commute but might make a longer commute for more money or a better work environment.
Post # 11
At this point in my life, I care most about getting paid as much as I can working a remote, flexible schedule. I’m married, almost 40, expecting our first kid, and live in a small town where my husband has a crazy schedule. My goals fit our lifestyle best. Because of those goals, I don’t care about the people, quality of work or room for advancement, which I certainly did earlier in my career.
Post # 12
You need a nice balance of some of these things. Pay is very important to me, but I have worked in a high paying job before, but HATED the people I worked with and was miserable coming home. I can say the same about having a bad manager. I personally think I could be making more money than I do in my current job and there is really no career advancement, but my co-workers are amazing (hard workers but joke around and are great to be around). I have actually met some of my best friends in the companies I made the least money, and in turn have been happier, so I consider people more important than pay. The benefits are good at this company too, so that balances out the lower pay.
Post # 13
Other: work life balance. I value leaving work at work.
Post # 14
Schedule & People.
I left my old job because of those reasons. I saw my husband maybe 10 hours the entire week because we had opposite schedules.
Post # 15
At this point work life balance and basic pay. I need health insurance so that too.