March 16, 2005

People Will Little Note, Nor Long Remember...

Yesterday was my 11th anniversary at my current job.

As with the 5th, 10th and every other anniversary, it passed unnoticed. Anyone else out there been at the same job for 11 years?

Posted by James at March 16, 2005 8:11 AM
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The two companies I was most willing to stay with for a long time both laid me off. So my record is 5.5 years.

The longest I've stayed at a company before voluntarily quitting was just under 5 years.

Posted by: Julie at March 16, 2005 10:32 AM

I think I'll easily win this one. I've been at the same company since I graduated. 15.5 years! I think the only thing that keeps me here is inertia.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at March 16, 2005 10:35 AM

Inertia kept me at my last job for a long time. 9.5 years. I've been at this job for about 6.5 now.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 16, 2005 10:38 AM

Whoops! Actually that's more like 8.75 rather than 9.5... my memory's fuzzy.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 16, 2005 10:39 AM

Wow, BOB! Even for inertia, that's impressive.

I'm thinking of switching careers. "yak herder" is looking good, but it appears I would have to move to Peru. That's a deal-breaker.

Posted by: James at March 16, 2005 10:40 AM

I want to be a nerf-herder. I can be quite scruffy-looking at times.

Posted by: Julie at March 16, 2005 10:47 AM

I will reach the 4-year mark in July, but only 2.5 of those years will be as a permanent employee--I temped for 18 months.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 16, 2005 10:55 AM

My record for staying at a job is seven years which in that case was about four years too long.

Congratulations on the stability. In our field that ain't easy.

Posted by: Mike at March 16, 2005 11:15 AM

You could be a yak herder in Tibet! But you might have to drink yak butter tea, which doesn't sound all that tasty.

Tangent alert: I highly recommend "Seven Years in Tibet." Good reading.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 16, 2005 11:39 AM

No vacation time in my current job, which is coming up on ten years. (Unless you count womb time, in which case it's getting closer to eleven.) I could do without the yearly (sometimes bi-yearly or even more) vomiting, and I believe I'm aging at an exponential rate. Nobody's offered to lay me off yet. Oh, and the pay isn't very good, which is to say it's nonexistent. I'm on call 24/7.

The payback is that when I'm really old and doddering, I might go live with them and pee on their carpets, shout at them from the bathroom that I need "help," and I will certainly require frequent baths.

Phhhbbbttt.

LOL. Right now at least three of you are thinking "THANK GOD FOR BIRTH CONTROL!!"

I'm not. I'm just joking around. :-)

Posted by: Maggie at March 16, 2005 12:01 PM

True -- if I spent 7 years in Tibet, I'm sure I'd get a lot of good reading in.

Posted by: James at March 16, 2005 12:10 PM

"I might go live with them and pee on their carpets, shout at them from the bathroom that I need 'help,' and I will certainly require frequent baths."

Are you planning on turning into a cat or dog? Who knew you had the power of transmogrification!

Posted by: Patti M. at March 16, 2005 12:10 PM

If I could figure out a way to get paid to stay home then that would be great. Patti has often said she would quickly become bored. I don't think that would be a problem for me. Short of that a career change would mean either moving to another company to do the same thing or figuring out something new to do and taking a massive pay cut. Neither is very appealing.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at March 16, 2005 12:48 PM

Yak herding doesn't pay much.

And yaks make for boring coworkers.

Posted by: James at March 16, 2005 1:03 PM

I believe my exact words were "I'd lose my mind."

What the hell would I do at home all day? Roam around the house? True, I could read all day, but I'm not sure that's realistic.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 16, 2005 1:09 PM

Ohh, Happy Anniversary James!! I didn't know.


We should all have some cake.

And ice cream.

Posted by: Sara at March 16, 2005 2:25 PM

Cake and ice cream? Back in the day, the swamp had a fridge and refreshing beverages :-)

Posted by: Jim at March 16, 2005 2:44 PM

In exactly 2 hours and 10 minutes, I will be enjoying refreshing beverages.

Can't wait. James, I'll raise a glass to you.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 16, 2005 2:50 PM

There are pleny of "refreshing beverages" in the fridge. But with this cold, I am completely turned off to certain fermented beverages.

Considering that I've had a cold or flu on and off for over a month now, my liver is getting a real respite. If you don't count all the Tylenol.

Posted by: James at March 16, 2005 3:16 PM

Wow. 11 and 15.5! Those are both impressive durations to stay at a job. My record was 4. Then they hired someone to do my boss' job and everything got significantly less fun.

Posted by: briwei at March 16, 2005 6:49 PM

Wasn't your boss doing your boss' job?

I'm guessing that therin lies a tale...

Posted by: James at March 16, 2005 7:37 PM

This month marks 1.5 years since I've had a boss. Granted, we report to the big cheese upstairs, but he's not around much.

It's nice not having anyone breathe down our necks. That having been said, it's hard not having someone directly involved who can step in when problems arise.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 17, 2005 7:52 AM

9 years is my record. Been with the current gig 3, but I work from home now, so I'll milk this one for all its worth.

I like working at home, the commute is great,and I have good coffee. Took about 6 weeks to not wander outside and play in the garden, or into the workshop to fiddle with some project.

Posted by: Bob McCown at March 17, 2005 8:42 AM

My boss sits directly across from me, maybe 12 feet away. I used to sit diagonally across from him, but I guess that wasn't close enough because he made me move.

Posted by: Julie at March 17, 2005 9:15 AM

That would drive me up a wall.

Posted by: James at March 17, 2005 9:19 AM


It remains to be seen how far away it will drive me. If the Canton thing doesn't work out, I guess I will have no choice but to look at Boston. Unfortunately most of the "Boston" jobs seem to be either north or west of the city.

Posted by: Julie at March 17, 2005 9:41 AM

Perhaps you should get extra long cords for your laptop and sit on your boss's lap, then ask if that's too close. Hint: don't wash for a few days prior to this maneuver.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 17, 2005 11:13 AM

What if he likes it?

As to my boss, he didn't want all of the bos duties. So, he wrote up a job description that contained all of the parts of his job that he didn't like and got them to hire someone for it. Nice work if you can get it.

The thing is, I was my boss' right hand guy. The new boss wanted to pick his own people and he and I never clicked.

Posted by: briwei at March 17, 2005 5:08 PM

Wow, cute trick on his part.

I wish I could do that.

Posted by: James at March 17, 2005 5:28 PM

It helps if your brother owns the company and another brother is VP of Engineering. Which is not to say he wasn't qualified. He absolutely was. I learned a ton from him and would work with him again in a heartbeat.

Posted by: briwei at March 18, 2005 2:22 AM

Actually, that's what my dad did. He was head of publications and media relations and he hated the media relations part, so they split the job in two and he got the publications/internet part.

Posted by: Maggie at March 18, 2005 11:01 AM

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