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Old 07-03-2019, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Murphy, TX
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Most Employers I have come cross seem to get most performance with least cost to company for an employee. For example, eliminating free Coffee, water, broken HVAC, facilities, low raises, more work hours etc. It obvious the Employers are there to improve their bottom line.

I have heard there some great employers out there but I honestly think they almost non-existent. It usually won't make financial sense or help their bottom line.

Which leads to be wonder if anyone has actually come a cross an employer that work very hard to keep their employee happy. They take employee complaints seriously. For example, if say I need new super fast computer for work, they immediately get me one. And/or they give large raises plus happy to approve tons of vacation.
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Old 07-03-2019, 11:51 PM
 
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I wish such employers exist. If they did the CEO's bonus check would go down and that's why they're rare.
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Old 07-04-2019, 12:13 AM
 
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My wife's current work place. A small mom and pop operation with around 25 employees. My wife's been getting good raises every single year since she started working for them. She's never had this kind of raises before. All the managers in that company have been with them for over 10 years or more. All of them make good money they refused to quit because they know they can't get another job that pays as well as they are currently being paid.



The owners seems to spread the wealth. My wife and I been to the owners' home, it was around 2500 sq ft. Nothing fancy, just an average home, so that tells me they weren't hogging all the money.
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Old 07-04-2019, 12:39 AM
 
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When the boss asks "As your boss, what can I do to keep you happy?"
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Old 07-04-2019, 02:14 AM
 
Location: on the wind
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Define "happy". Getting free coffee isn't it IMHO. It is a lot more meaningful than that.

A very wise manager I had once often commented:

"It isn't my job to keep you happy. It IS my job to help you keep yourself happy."
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Old 07-04-2019, 04:16 AM
 
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Most Employers I have come cross seem to get most performance with least cost to company for an employee. For example, eliminating free Coffee, water, broken HVAC, facilities, low raises, more work hours etc. It obvious the Employers are there to improve their bottom line.

I have heard there some great employers out there but I honestly think they almost non-existent. It usually won't make financial sense or help their bottom line.

Which leads to be wonder if anyone has actually come a cross an employer that work very hard to keep their employee happy. They take employee complaints seriously. For example, if say I need new super fast computer for work, they immediately get me one. And/or they give large raises plus happy to approve tons of vacation.
I have never seen a company pinch so hard they would eliminate coffee or not fix a broken HVAC unit. It takes over a year to train any new person into the type of job I have. We don't want experienced people to leave. Keeping people happy is best for the bottom line.

I've worked a lot of overtime this year (averaging 50-55 hours/week for nearly two months). I was told by multiple people above me to slow down because I would burn out, and was given 4 extra vacation days this year as a thank you.
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Old 07-04-2019, 04:17 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I wish such employers exist. If they did the CEO's bonus check would go down and that's why they're rare.
What does one thing have to do with the other?
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Old 07-04-2019, 04:20 AM
 
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Where employers work very hard to keep employee happy?? No.

Where employers even cared about keep employee happy?? Not really.
Some places give lip service to it, others don't even bother with that.

If you're "happy" that's fine. But even if you're not, you're there to get your work done. Or find another job.

I've had a boss say point blank, if you don't like it here, this may not be the job for you. (Even as she said work hard and there could be advancement here.) Now I ask you (sarcastically of course) who with any modicum of self-respect would appreciate being talked to like that? The boss was honest. But that doesn't mean the way she said it was appreciated.
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Old 07-04-2019, 04:53 AM
 
Location: plano
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I worked 38 years for such a company. Safety was always first . Key to. Safety is knowledgeable focused employees and best practice ways to do all tasks. Contractors told us they built in higher cost for our safety standards and processes. They expected those standards to change. They did not

Top performing employees were paid well above the competition offered and benefits were great with a generous 401k match AND a company paid retirement plan. Poor performing employees were separated appropriately and solid but slower it average performing employees enjoyed the safety and strong ethics policies as all did and we're getting the same great industry leading be edits. The middle of the road performer made good money too

They listened to employees with good ideas focused on helping the employee do their job. Cavities were top flight and directors and executives were rotated quickly so politics in s group were minimized. The staff worked hard it was their nature when the environment was tailored the way I described.

They are in an industry looked down on these days and only hired top 5 to 10% of graduating classes in leading engineering degrees. Their culture was not for a so some of these accomplished grads left on their own in first five years due to bad match with the culture.
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Old 07-04-2019, 05:16 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Which leads to be wonder if anyone has actually come a cross an employer that work very hard to keep their employee happy. They take employee complaints seriously. For example, if say I need new super fast computer for work, they immediately get me one. And/or they give large raises plus happy to approve tons of vacation.

My employer* gets a lot of it right, but some rules can't be bent. Vacation is based on length of service, period. No one has the authority to grant more for any reason. If I can prove a need for equipment, whether upgraded computer or expensive lab item, I get it with no problem. I needed a double monitor and an expensive ($12K) piece of simulation equipment a while back. No problem, both were provided quickly. If my office chair is broken or compromised somehow? A new one appears within days. But, I have to prove the necessity for these things -- I can't have them without a valid business reason.


Large raises? Yes, they do this when necessary, either due to outside competition or exceptional business performance. My largest was about 22% during a year competitors were raiding our workforce. Other years I tend to average 2-5% with a decent year-end bonus (also contingent on an exact formula based on our overall profit/performance).


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It takes over a year to train any new person into the type of job I have. We don't want experienced people to leave.

This is the issue in our workplace. It's very hard to replace folks and we deal with a shortage of qualified people all the time. My job (when I applied for it) required at least a graduate engineering degree, 10+ years of verifiable experience in guidance software, flight controls, robotics, or AI (combined, not in each), and "strongly preferred" a Commercial Pilot's license.


So our managers try pretty hard to keep everyone happy. They're bound to stay within the limits of corporate rules but they do what they can.


*Disclaimer: I retired recently, so it's not really "my" employer anymore.
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