Salary - What is it really like?

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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:54 PM

I got my first developer job through a friend of the family who was an accountant at a web shop; after 8 months, it was pretty clear that that job wasn't for me, and I started looking at other companies in the area I'd like to work for. I went to lunch with the principal of one of those companies, and left him with a USB stick full of code samples - in the next 2 days, I was putting in my notice at the first job and starting at the second.
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:55 PM

View PostHyper, on 26 Feb, 2009 - 03:50 PM, said:

Now how did you all get these jobs.

Resumes and knowing people. For me, I got my foot in the door because of my father who knew the head partner of the firm, but what got me the job was my hobby programming (thanks DIC!) and my desire to keep learning. There's a lot of stuff I do and know now that I had no idea on how to do or didn't even know existed two years ago. For instance, slipstreaming Windows and making live CD's of XP.


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Secondly, do you enjoy working where you work?

Yes and no. I enjoy the challenge that the technology and project requirements give me, but I hate dealing with some of the people I have to work with. The benefits are decent, the commute is short, and the pay good enough. All in all, it evens out and I know that pretty much anywhere else I go I'll have the same problems but with different faces.

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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 26 February 2009 - 07:39 PM

View PostHyper, on 26 Feb, 2009 - 04:17 PM, said:

You mis spelled "waste," you spelled waist, as in a body part... and ok!

You may think it was a mistake... but I knew what I was talking about :) Sometimes you've got to put your back into it... sometimes you've got to put your hips into it too.
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:07 PM

Oh... I get it! A bad pun! :P
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 27 February 2009 - 06:34 AM

View PostHyper, on 26 Feb, 2009 - 03:50 PM, said:

Now how did you all get these jobs.


Normal process, interviews. I actually got an early job as an administrative assistant with a small consulting firm. They wanted to do PCs, and promised to send me out, but first I had to do the grunt work for a while. I eventually dealt with clients. At some point, a client wanted to keep me and I was happy.

View PostHyper, on 26 Feb, 2009 - 03:50 PM, said:

Secondly, do you enjoy working where you work?


You must enjoy where you work, though too many people don't see it that way. You spend nearly a third of your life working, after all. I've known a lot of people who make considerable salaries and are miserable. No amount of money can fix miserable, no matter how it seems when you don't have it. If you do what you like, you'll be good at it. If you're good at it, hopefully people will pay you what you're worth.


FYI to those aspiring to self employment: If you ever plan on owning your own business, working as the right hand for someone who does own the business is exceptionally educational and I'd recommend it. I'm too lazy to want run my own business, though I've done it once. I far prefer to happily program and let someone else handle the minutiae of everyday paper pushing. But knowing how things work at that level will only help in whatever job you do.
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 27 February 2009 - 07:13 AM

View PostHyper, on 26 Feb, 2009 - 03:50 PM, said:

Now how did you all get these jobs.


I snagged my job by submitting a resume and portfolio and being the only semi-knowledgeable applicant the company had in two years. I went through 3 interviews, all the same day, and was assigned a take-home test project with one week to complete. I submitted the project 3 days later. Within 20 minutes, the company called to offer me the position.

View PostHyper, on 26 Feb, 2009 - 03:50 PM, said:

Secondly, do you enjoy working where you work?

I enjoy what I do. Not the company I do it for.
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 27 February 2009 - 09:33 AM

Sheesh...I think I have it pretty good, because by most of these salaries, I'm overpaid! I am in a high-cost area of the US (New England) though.

I was a hobbyist, working in the medical industry in something totally unrelated, when I got laid off in mid-1996. I started sending out resumes but wasn't getting any real bites, so I took the chance to go to a prestigious local school's certificate program in Unix/C/C++ Programming so that I could use that to get my foot in the door somewhere (I do have a Bachelor's degree, but it's in Chemistry/Biochemistry, not CS). The class was easy for me, but when I think of some of the people who got their certificate there also...***shudder***. I got a job in tech support at a start-up at the end of 1996, worked my way into QA, then Development. I've worked in a grand total of really two jobs since then, although the companies changed. I'm not a job hopper, obviously.

I have it pretty good where I work. It pays the bills and gets me the benefits I need.
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 27 February 2009 - 01:48 PM

View PostBenignDesign, on 27 Feb, 2009 - 06:13 AM, said:

I enjoy what I do. Not the company I do it for.


Does your company kill children or dump toxic waste into the ocean?
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 27 February 2009 - 02:18 PM

Mine kills animals for sport.
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 27 February 2009 - 02:25 PM

View PostMrWobbles, on 27 Feb, 2009 - 02:48 PM, said:

Does your company kill children or dump toxic waste into the ocean?


Nope. They chain us to desks in a dark, dank, windowless basement and scream, "Code faster, code monkey, code faster!" while simultaneously beating us with blunt objects and leather whips.
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 27 February 2009 - 02:29 PM

Job Title: PC Services Consultant
Salary: 37,775
Hours worked (per week): 41.5 (Unpaid half hour for lunch)
Days worked (schedule): Mon-Fri,
Shift times (schedule): Flex time. I work 8am-4:30pm
Vacation days: 18days with 3 floating holidays
Sick days: Same as vacation days
Personal days: Same as vacation days
Location (State is fine): Baltimore, MD
General living expenses in area (just rent is fine): 1 bedroom 1 bath small apartment = $600/month but parents own the apartment, normally around $1500
Education: Working on BSIT/SE
Years of experience in field: 12
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 02:35 PM

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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 27 February 2009 - 03:25 PM

Job Title: Senior Unix Systems Programmer
Salary: ~53000
Hours worked (per week): ~40
Days worked (schedule): Mon-Fri, + Loose on call structure
Shift times (schedule): 7am-4pm
Vacation days: 20, with 8 holidays
Sick days: bit less than 20
Personal days: 1
Location (State is fine): Socorro NM
General living expenses in area (just rent is fine): 2bed 2bath house = $350/month
Education: BS CS
Years of experience in field: 4
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 27 February 2009 - 05:09 PM

Job Title: Programmer Analyst (Contract 4yrs)
Salary: 35k + taxes
Hours worked (per week): 40
Days worked (schedule): 5
Shift times (schedule): 8AM - 5PM
Vacation days: 7 days every 6 months.
Sick days: 7
Personal days: 3
Location (State is fine): Lake Villa, Illinois
General living expenses in area (just rent is fine): Apartments 1 bedroom from $500 - $900.
Education: Multiple certifications.
Years of experience in field: 2
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Re: Salary - What is it really like?

Posted 03 July 2013 - 03:31 PM

Job Title: Programmer Analyst
Salary: ~80,000
Hours worked (per week): 40 (Unpaid hour for lunch)
Days worked (schedule): Mon-Fri,
Shift times (schedule): 8am-5pm
Vacation days: 1/month
Sick days: 1/Month
Personal days: none
Location (State is fine): Salem, OR
General living expenses in area (just rent is fine): 3 bedroom 2 bath house = $850/month \
Education: Bacholers of Technical Managment
Years of experience in field: 8

Applied for open position, interview, standard.
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