Longest duration you've been at one company?

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  1. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    Hi,

    Just curious to know what's the longest amount of time you guys have been working at one particular company for.


    I'm a relatively new kid in the field. I'm almost one year in, will be a year next month, and I already have interviews lined up for potential employers. Reasons I'm interested in leaving: better pay, better benefits, closer to home.

    I recently thought about this topic and all of my friends that I met as an undergrad and in grad school left their first job within 1-2 years for jobs that pay a lot more, 10% or so on average.

    Another guy that was in my class last quarter, who is in his early 30s, also said that he's never worked at a single firm for more than 3 years.

    I know the hindsight is that it looks bad to a potential employer if you've been at a firm for just a year because they will probably think you will jump ship on them sooner than later too.
     


  2. globetrotter

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    5 years
     


  3. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Currently seven years at my current organization and I just started a five year contract with them on Jan 1 this year so I'll have 13 years in by the time this contract runs out.
     


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    20 years. Changed jobs, and cities, last year. Caveat: I'm a tenured academic.
     


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  6. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    Wow, what made you guys stay for such a long time?

    I'm assuming you guys got a raise of some sort at least once a year, in addition to other pros.
     


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    I'm coming up on the two year mark - this is my first job out of college. I had a chance to leave a month or two after starting, but after promising me a 30% raise, the final offer was less than 10%.

    All in all, I'm happy I stayed, at the very least, I should get promoted this year, but hopefully I can take a new job within the company. Plus my company has agreed to pay tuition reimbursement.
     


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    Kai Senior member

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    15 years
     


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  12. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    At some point in your life a job becomes about non-monetary issues almost as much as monetary issues. I could easily make 100-200k more per year if I changed jobs but it would entail a whole bunch of bullshit I don't want to deal with, i.e. longer hours and extensive travel, and would probably be a less stable position than what I currently have.
     


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  14. Lord-Barrington

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    I work with a number of people who have 15-25 (and sometimes more) on the job, sometimes at the same place. Their reasons are almost always due to stability and I understand them. Switching jobs every two years is great when you're in your twenties and have no kids, but when you're in your thirties or forties and trying to raise kids, own a home, and keep your relationship afloat, changing jobs left and right becomes quite unappealing.

    I can't see myself staying at the same place for 10 or 15 years but I imagine my tune will change when I take on responsibilities beyond myself.
     


  15. wj4

    wj4 Senior member

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    You guys bring a very valid point of stability.

    My friends, myself included, are still pretty young. I'm even contemplating about relocating after I wrap up the 2nd master's.


    You guys don't get bored of your job due to repetition though? Or do you truly love what you do? I read in an article that an average person switches careers 3-5 times.
     


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