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View Poll Results: Rate your job satisfaction
Love It 59 46.46%
Hate It 13 10.24%
Not my ideal job, but it's OK 34 26.77%
It pays the bills 14 11.02%
Other 7 5.51%
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Old 12-18-2007, 01:49 AM   #1
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There are a couple of threads regarding jobs here on HBT, but I don't know if anyone has ever started a thread on job satisfaction. As much as we all groan about work, I'd bet that some of you actually enjoy your job. I'm curious to hear likes and dislikes, as well as why you feel the way you do.

To explain what I do, I am in the US Navy and my job is Submarine Sonar Techician (might sound cool to some). What I do underway on a submarine most of the time is stare at computer screens making sure we don't run into anything or vice versa. When the submarine is in port, I'm on a computer taking care of admin.

I'm currently on shore duty, training submarine crews to stare at computer screens to do the above job. So now I watch people staring at computer screens, or spend time in front of one myself entering data on performance or taking care of routine admin.

Honestly, I really don't like my job at all. I'm here only because I didn't prepare myself to get out earlier in my career, now I'm close to drawing a retirement check, and the pay is pretty decent. Regardless of how I feel about my job, I still try to do it well. Other than the separation from home and the routine BS of everyone at a higher paygrade having the ability to tell you what to do, my job isn't really difficult, just not rewarding in the least bit.

My dad always told me growing up to "make my living with my mind, and not my hands," and since I grew up during a major technology boom that probably seemed like sound advice to him. But I actually enjoy a job where I can see the end result. I would enjoy being a mechanic, farmer, or construction worker so hopefully I'll be headed to a more labor intensive job in the next few years.

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Old 12-18-2007, 01:59 AM   #2
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I said 'Not my ideal job, but it's OK' even though I do love most of my job. 3 days a week I work from home doing computer programming (the part I love) and the other 2 days a week I do crap admin/help desk work at the office (which I hate). So I get a 1.25hr drive to and from the office 2 days a week but the other days I get to work from home.

The reason I don't say 'I love my job' is that my programming projects don't get extended by 40% to account for the 40% of the week I lose on trips to the office.

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It takes a determined person to work from home. I'd probably end up in the forum all day and not accomplish anything.

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I chose "love it" because, when I'm doing my primary job, I really dig it.

The red tape, paperwork, office sitting, pencil pushing, desk driving, keyboard thrashing, crappy bosses, political garbage, additional tasks, and pissy attitudes that come along with having a government job make me hate it sometimes.

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I LOVE my job. I work part time managing a Lifeline program for our county and surrrounding counties. I love everything about it- the pay, the hours, the clients, the involvement with geriatric patients. Today, I was able to make a real difference in someone's life. I can't believe the hospital pays me for this- I'd pay THEM to get to do this. (But don't tell them that!)

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It takes a determined person to work from home. I'd probably end up in the forum all day and not accomplish anything.
I love programming so it's not that tough for me. I've been doing it since long before I got paid for it (I'm even writing some brewing software now, just because I feel like it). But you're right, sometimes I'm on HBT a little much.
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:06 AM   #7
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It pays the bills and it's been that way for 23 years.

But can't complain about the job security until the boss dies. then it's anyones guess what will happen to the company. I figure at that point, I'll be too old to be very valuable on the job market and so I'm trying to save enough to make it as a Wal-Mart greeter some day.

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I've got a job that is the perfect combo of mind and hands. I use high tech test equipment to troubleshoot defective equipment and I'm an integral part of the design and implementation of the new. I don't actually sit at the desk selecting and ordering the equipment, but I have to modify the designs so they work in real life and then I implement them. The equipment is air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. Most of the time.

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It takes a determined person to work from home. I'd probably end up in the forum all day and not accomplish anything.
YOu just described my life.
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I chose "love it" because, when I'm doing my primary job, I really dig it.
Yeah, but Yuri, you have one of those jobs they make shows about on the Discovery channel. The rest of us ordinary mortals have to make do with reality. The only thing cooler than what you do is that guy who travels around the world reviewing and rating resorts. He doesn't go incognito so they know he's coming and they know he'll be bringing the TV crews.
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