I have been very negative about my job lately. In fact I’ve even posted about applying for other positions. At the end of the day my job is not terrible and could certainly be worse. I realize I am better off than many of the people I went to High School with and I’m thankful for that. In the spirit of the approaching new year, and not being so negative all the time, I thought I would post some of the reason I like my current position.
- I get to work remotely. This is the absolute biggest benefit there is for me. When I drive in to work my commute is brutal. I could spend anywhere from 3-5 hour commuting round trip. Not to mention that I’m much more productive when I work at home. I have a problem with sounds distracting me when I’m trying to concentrate. When you’re in an office environment it’s almost impossible for there not to be a distraction.
- I get experience working with customers in all different types of business. I basically work with one product but when it comes to businesses I get to work with a diverse group. This also means I get to interact with people at some of the top companies in the world and get my name out there. This gives me an opportunity to have a network of people who know my work that can vouch for me if I’m looking for a position in the future.
- Job security. I work for one of the largest tech companies in the world. I’m in a group that is just at the beginning of what is possible and we will be growing for the foreseeable future. While some groups within the business are being affected by layoffs, my group is immune for the moment. A bit of stability is nice in the current market conditions. As far as job security goes the tech industry is still very strong.
- I get paid a decent amount. Compared to the area I live in I make about 2-3x the average salary. That’s not bad for a someone in their 20′s with an Associates Degree. It’s also nice to know that I will be paid the exact same amount each month. I’ve always wanted to not have to work for a company but I’ve also experience the ups and downs of income when you run your own business. Boom and bust is not that much fun.
- Tuition Reimbursement. My company has a program that offers to pay up to $5200 per year towards schooling. I’ve heard it’s much more difficult to get approval for this type of thing now, but the program still exists. Since I’ve applied for other jobs and been denied based on my education I might have to take advantage of this program. The only stipulations seem to be that you have to maintain a satisfactory level as far as job duties go. You have to be employed for the entire length of your school plus two additional years. If I could get approval for this it would basically guarantee I would stay with the company for another 5 years.
- Benefits. They were much better when we were a startup, but they still aren’t as bad as they could be. Health care is expensive but at least I have decent insurance.