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Ah, that family kind of feeling at the office. It's absolutely great! Alas, that coin has a flipside: what about the day I decide to move on? (Note: I'm the kind of person who NEEDS challenges, or I get demotivated and effectively stop contributing) It is going to be hard to find another place quite like the company I work at now (we're a small business unit part of a fortune 500 corp) having all the benefits of both a small company and a large corporation, and we spend a lot of good time together.
Here, I got distracted (again), but it seems to me that oftentimes finding a place that feels like home to work in comes with the price of below avg wages. I don't know about the general consensus, but I'm happy to have that trade-off of not earning as much as I maybe should so that I can enjoy my work AND my surroundings. It has even lead me to turn down job offers with at least double the pay just because I don't want to leave... Yet.
@100110111 you're not wrong, I have felt that to be the case, the one exception to me is where i work. My wife keeps saying that I am underpaid, to a point I would agree with her, I do far too much for my institution. But the money is honestly enough, the challenge is there and the place gives me a lot of space to grow and make more money. I honestly can't complain. Plus, my boss, the head of all I.T really is enough reason for me to not want to move to a different place. I really can't complain about the salary one bit, but not even for 200k would I move right now because in every other place I have worked at it royally sucked balls.
Inxentas7421ySometimes it's other stuff that makes it feel like home. My managers are all kind of dicks and the pay ain't great, but I have 100% autonomy in how I build websites. I don't have to code to enterprise standards, but I don't have to dick around with Wordpress bullshit either. Got my hours down to 32 a week and that leaves more room for being at the job less, which makes it less of a painfull slog and more of a moderate grind.