1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Your job, is it worth it!

Discussion in 'Serious' started by Mr Happy, 31 Mar 2010.

  1. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    27 Dec 2002
    Posts:
    11,987
    Likes Received:
    586
    Job: Principal Strategist. What... shut up, that's a real thing. I was at the top of the consulting architect food chain previously. Had an in-place promotion a year ago but there was nothing official to be designated as. So Principal Strategist was what we came up with. Makes for a good introduction to clients, because I can claim my remit as just about anything depending on the scenario. "Oh, it just so happens the challenges you are describing are exactly what I'm in the business of fixing"
    Pay: All the Haribo I can eat
    Is it worth it: Yeah. Last year some weird and shady stuff went on that got to me, but in the grand scheme of things, still worth it.

    The actual job is (was) one of pre-sales consulting for a silicon valley software company. My remit was influencing certain clients IT strategy (see, so the title is at least relevant) to ensure our products were relevant and sticky.

    Primarily due to aforementioned weird and shady stuff though (and also because being at the top of my previous food chain, I needed a new food chain), I'm moving to a different part of the business. Title TBC but it won't be as daft a title as Principal Strategist, sadly. It will be a similar gig to before fundamentally, but one step divorced from the sales cycle with more influence on the product side of things. It's been a move I've been pondering for a while, so definitely looking forward to it.
     
  2. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

    Joined:
    20 Nov 2005
    Posts:
    10,275
    Likes Received:
    613
    Must be a ****in' lot of Haribo to keep you in AV gear!

    On topic;

    Job: "Technical Engineer" is what it says, but that's a load. I've not got a degree in Engineering.
    Pay: About 20% under the regional average for this role.
    Is it worth it: Nope. I work for a pair of self interested arseholes who reckon it's fair to pay peanuts, expect overtime for no additional pay, and claim they can't afford **** when they're buying themselves new cars left right and centre. While complaining at us, the staff, that they're making less than they were this time last year (Not recognising that three or four large customers have gone in said 12 months as the reason..) and that somehow being our fault. The people who aren't sales. While they are. Is it normal for sales to work half days every day of the week?

    They also have absolutely zero idea how to handle people. Employed a new lad recently, and have been on his case non-stop for a variety of reasons - My favourite of which being that he doesn't do the washing up.

    A task that was not in the job description. And has never been asked of him.

    Apparently there's a requirement for mind reading somewhere that we've all missed.
     
    Last edited: 29 Jun 2018
    Weekly_Estimate, Big Elf and MLyons like this.
  3. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    27 Dec 2002
    Posts:
    11,987
    Likes Received:
    586
    SSAV love their sweets. Pop in to the shop, do the secret handshake whilst palming a Moam Stripe to them and you're in.
     
    liratheal likes this.
  4. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

    Joined:
    23 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    10,445
    Likes Received:
    1,106
    Atm No PC == No job so... no, not really worth it right now.
     
  5. Canon

    Canon Reformed

    Joined:
    19 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    2,961
    Likes Received:
    246
    Job: (1) Acting as a consultant and relief staff (this comes included in my salary and I don't have a real job title with it being so bloody niche) (2) Commercial/HGV Fleet Management (3) Chef of varying grades
    Pay: (1) x (2) x (3)
    Is it worth it:
    (1)
    For obvious reasons^ no, however in the past the pay has been relatively good for the work carried out, as once it's done it's done. Just picture the last episode of kitchen nightmares you happened to catch, I can tell you now Gordon isn't acting up for the camera, it's frustrating as hell to see people make flailing attempts at a business in a sector which unfortunately these days is just considered a given for school drop outs and not much more. I don't want to ruffle any feathers here but I'm currently employed in this capacity by a christian couple, they are turning down potential employees based on political opinion, religious belief, tattoos, even in one instance the fact that someone used a swear word on Facebook and I can't get it to stop. I always feel looked down upon around their friends simply due to not subscribing to their faith. Every single time I come to their premises something else has been reverted to what they originally had been doing, rather incorrectly. Without going into details, I have had to explain very slowly the dangers of particular chemicals and where they are used in relation to food, then repeat myself several times. I have however chosen to step away from this case, as despite my detailed projections they would rather continue on a downward slope of sales, whilst complaining that they can't afford to hire more staff whilst paying me. I made the mistake of doing an interview for a news feature and now feel the need to contact the journalist and ask nicely for that to be lost.

    (2) When it's good it's really good, it was always a step down for me but it was something I wanted to learn, when I'm left to my own devices or chatting to a driver that's come back happy from his last visit but I'd always rather be on my own, radio on, scuttling around under the trucks. I do it less and less now and it's another one that's being temped now, I have been warned about the health risks involved and I don't know if I can benefit enough from this career path or enjoy it enough to warrant it, I've had days stacking super single truck tyres that have left me in agony for the next week or even the odd puncture repair, the vulcanizing glue will give me unimaginable headaches, the "man-up, lad culture" in this industry tends to keep a lid on the health risks being openly spoken about. Back is as bad as I need it to be... these things aren't light.
    [​IMG]

    (3)
    It's amazing how much a head chef deep in the **** during a busy season will pay for someone that can walk in and follow his menu at a moments notice, and it's the most satisfying thing out there, sometimes hot, sometimes painful, always crazy hours but it pays well, especially with a national shortage of staff. Managers of local restaurants that think they have the capacity to also run a kitchen will also pay ££££ for someone to come and fix a menu or step in when all of their staff have walked :lol: I can see myself going back behind a desk and using the education I paid for rather than the result of winging it massively for the last few years soon, for a change of scenery more than a lack of well paid employment or enjoyment.
     
  6. Anfield

    Anfield Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    15 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    4,520
    Likes Received:
    290
    Job:
    Al Capone's shadier Cousin (a.k.a. selling Corporate Software Licenses at an outsourcing specialist for that kind of thing)

    Pay:
    Slightly above min wage + bonus and commission that are big enough to justify abandoning the concept of morals (and give HMRC an orgasm)

    Worth it?
    I'm dumb, ugly, have a messed up knee and zero education, short of becoming a drug dealer or fleecing audiophiles it was the easiest way out of poverty, so yes.
     
    Mr Happy, Mister_Tad and MLyons like this.
  7. creative

    creative 500rwhp

    Joined:
    23 May 2014
    Posts:
    422
    Likes Received:
    27
    Oh I have no interest in ever returning to the UK... the 10 years will be at my current job. I just wish I had moved to this country sooner.
     
  8. Byron C

    Byron C *psst!* This guy is a loser!

    Joined:
    12 Apr 2002
    Posts:
    5,333
    Likes Received:
    535
    A bump!

    Just over two years since I updated...

    Job Title: Data Engineer*
    Salary: £much more than it used to be
    Worth it? ...Well, that's hard to say. On the whole, probably yes.

    *Strictly speaking a data engineer is more than just "database dev with a fancy title", but right now I'm just a database dev with a fancy title.

    This place is... disorganised, to say the least. It's definitely been a positive experience since throwing off the shackles of That Massive Bank With The Animal-based Logo; the freedom I've experienced here would never happen at... that place. Before we decided to go fully-cloud based, I spent about two weeks designing and prototyping a PostgreSQL multi-node cluster with failover, replication, node recovery, and point-in-time backups - back at that place I struggled to even get access to a SQL box at some points. Lots of uncertainty right now though; project I was working on for over a year is now officially dead in the water, some restructuring happening, and the future for my team is unclear. No jobs - at least at our level - are at risk, but what we're going to be doing and what we're going to be working on is not clear at all. There have been many many stressful moments this year on the project I was working on, and to see all that thrown away is disheartening to say the least.

    On the other hand, I work with some great people (some of the most talented people I've ever worked with) and I've worked with some great tech over the last 17 months. The office environment itself is pretty damn neat too, they've not long finished building a massive chillout area with: 65" TV, Xbox One, Wii U, table tennis, pool table, and dart board. Plus there's a fairly well stocked free beer fridge that gets opened every Friday afternoon (which would be great if I didn't have to drive :thumb: ). Oh yeah, and there's the small matter of the £4k pay rise I had just to carry on doing the same job.
     
  9. bawjaws

    bawjaws Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    5 Dec 2010
    Posts:
    3,277
    Likes Received:
    290
    I was hearing just yesterday that data engineering and data science are The Next Big Thing (TM) in financial services.
     
  10. Byron C

    Byron C *psst!* This guy is a loser!

    Joined:
    12 Apr 2002
    Posts:
    5,333
    Likes Received:
    535
    Yeah it's been that way for a few years now... My job title might be Data Engineer, but I'm basically a jumped-up DB dev :grin:
     
  11. David

    David RIP Tel

    Joined:
    7 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    12,968
    Likes Received:
    2,069
    I work for a charity, so it's definitely worth it.

    The money is crap, mind.
     
  12. KayinBlack

    KayinBlack Currently Rebuilding

    Joined:
    2 Jul 2004
    Posts:
    5,434
    Likes Received:
    273
    Job title: Published Author/Primitive skills expert/Seminole warrior (not all it's cracked up to be)

    What that means: I can live like the Native I am, off the land and survive to write about it. And I make a lot of stuff to preserve old techniques.

    Pay: This gig is costing me money.

    Is it worth it? You have no idea. Don't recommend earning the warrior title if you like living in society but nearly 20 years ago rules were different but the preservation of history is utterly fulfilling.
     
  13. VipersGratitude

    VipersGratitude Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    4 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    2,914
    Likes Received:
    335
  14. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    4 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    11,783
    Likes Received:
    1,480
  15. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Joined:
    27 Dec 2002
    Posts:
    11,987
    Likes Received:
    586
    Marketing Manager, 1%... little do they know how straightforward and repeatable this lark really is.
     
  16. sandys

    sandys Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    26 Mar 2006
    Posts:
    3,001
    Likes Received:
    86
    Electronics Engineering.....84%, I'm engineering the end of my engineering career....Ooops, I've not thought this through.:duh:
     
    Mister_Tad and Gareth Halfacree like this.
  17. MrJay

    MrJay You are always where you want to be

    Joined:
    20 Sep 2008
    Posts:
    1,288
    Likes Received:
    36
    1st & 2nd line IT Support Tech.

    Money is good for the area/job, work for a nice medium/large sized business. Good working environment and benefits.

    Could do with being a bit more active though, don't like sitting on my arse.
     
  18. Bazz

    Bazz Bit of everything geek

    Joined:
    7 Oct 2009
    Posts:
    1,687
    Likes Received:
    129
    Job: Computer Support Technician (24/7 roster)
    Wage: 40% TAX is a B*****
    Is it worth it? The day to day jobs are totally cr@p, but the new projects coming online over the next year or so is what makes the job worth while (that and the money of course)
     
  19. LennyRhys

    LennyRhys Oink!

    Joined:
    16 May 2011
    Posts:
    5,759
    Likes Received:
    285
    Ooh it's two years since I posted here. I've since graduated and have been working part-time for a local game development studio, and I'll be starting full time in January.

    Job: Concept Artist (currently contract)
    Salary: Lit
    Is it worth it? Yarp - I get paid to sit and draw pictures all day. It's an amazing job and I love it, even though there are times I wonder if I'm able to produce the goods (it can be really challenging work).
     
    MLyons likes this.
  20. deathtaker27

    deathtaker27 #noob

    Joined:
    17 Apr 2010
    Posts:
    2,067
    Likes Received:
    112
    Job: DevOps Engineer
    Wage: High.
    Great job, get to sit and automate everything
     
    Byron C likes this.

Share This Page