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Old 07-24-2015, 12:17 PM
Location: Planet Telex
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OK, so what factors contributed to the best job you ever had?

Was it the type of work you did, the pay you received, your great co-workers, etc? Or a combination of all these things? "Best job" is pretty subjective and depending on one's own personal situation in life, it can vary. Feel free to explain all the good in all its glory.
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:32 PM
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Pay and good benefits are nice of course, but I've found it's the little things that made my best job the best job. The people I worked with, the trust and autonomy given to employees, the flexible work schedules, the free food and parties held often. Another nice perk is if your job allows you to work on new problems each day instead of doing the same old thing day in and day out. It keeps the job exciting.

For me: culture >>>>> money+benefits

edit: as I've had very high paying work but was miserable because I hated the company I worked at.
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Old 07-24-2015, 02:41 PM
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It was really easy, I never had to work overtime, and the people were really nice and laid back.

In retrospect it was the best, but I complained about how easy it was at the time.
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:09 PM
Location: southwestern PA
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Raising two kids.
Lousy wages, horrid overtime, no sick days or vacation.... and loved every minute.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:55 PM
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It was the type of work I was doing and the people I did it with. It may not happen often in life, but once in a while you'll get the chance to do something fantastic with some really fantastic people. When that happens, everything just sings. You don't want to be anywhere else. Then eventually the project is winding down and people are moving on. It really becomes different. Once upon a time I was the first person assigned to a project, and eventually a few years later, literally the last person out as we handed it over. When you put your soul into something of that scale, it's a strange feeling the last time you walk away and say goodbye to people you practically lived with and may not see again.
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Old 07-24-2015, 05:34 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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For me it's my current job, started there in 2009. Besides making more money and better benefits than ever before, the window office on the waterfront, and great co-workers and subordinates, what makes it the best is the constant challenges. With a high level of responsibility, and constant complex issues, there's never a dull moment. I rarely have to work more than 40 hours, but don't have time to watch the clock or be bored. With many changes including major reorganizations, system upgrades, and the boomer turnover starting, it looks like the fun will continue for at least the next 5-6 years.
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:29 PM
Location: East Bay, San Francisco Bay Area
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I've had a few "great" jobs and basically, I had these benefits:

1/ Great management
2/ Appreciated by your management and team
3/ True teamwork; the team accepted responsibility for both successes and failures
4/ Flexible schedules, as long as deadlines and schedules were met
5/ Defined performance expectations; no guesswork
6/ Regular feedback about performance (good or bad)
7/ Free or company subsidized lunches
8/ Work from a remote office at least part of the week
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Old 07-24-2015, 08:44 PM
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My best job? Well, my coworkers had a lot to do with it. Let's face it, people can make or break an organization. Also, the entire atmosphere was nice. No high pressure, no micromanagement. I did things the way I wanted, and that was that.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:31 PM
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The boss. If they are you on your side, you can't ever really be miserable or fail.
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:06 AM
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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About 60K a year on straight time. Wasn't bad money at 25.

Since then, I've come to realize how polluted my occupation is ridiculously low paying jobs. I would change professions entirely before I accepted a $15/hr job offer. I don't know how anyone could even offer that with a straight face. I think the burger flippers are even advancing to that in some parts of the country.

I seriously think some employers have lost their marbles.
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