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No one: I'm a new hire
  3336 votes / 11%
A few people, but I'm on the left of the curve
  6378 votes / 22%
About half of my coworkers.
  4477 votes / 15%
Most of my coworkers.
  6957 votes / 24%
I'm the longest-lived employee of all.
  1757 votes / 6%
Do you count "unemployed" as a job?
  2744 votes / 9%
I'm self-employed.
  2693 votes / 9%
28342 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • Frosty piss (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @12:47PM (#46150801)

    I'm self-unemployed, you insensitive clod!

    • Re:Frosty piss (Score:5, Insightful)

      by buswolley (591500) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @07:12PM (#46167725) Journal
      MISSING option: FUCK BETA. Fuck Beta a second time.
      • Re:Frosty piss (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Common Joe (2807741) on Thursday February 06, 2014 @02:55AM (#46171019) Journal

        Okian Warrior agrees. He wants help to create a new site at and needs help to make it happen: []

        This shit about forcing us onto inferior technology and inferior information at a technology site is asinine. I can't believe they are going to force us onto the beta site after all of the feedback we've given them with the specific reasons about what is wrong with the technology. If they can't believe the experts in technology who are also their customers, who are they going to believe?

        For a laugh, here is an article [] written by someone at computer world and promoted at about what marketing would like to say to IT people like us. It starts off with "Chief marketing officer David Perry knows exactly what he needs from his organization's IT department" and goes downhill from there. Dice, take note that this article is so full of holes, we could tear this article apart in our sleep yet you are just like Chief marketing officer David Perry. You think you know what you need to do and you are wrong because you are not listening to us.

        I agree with one thing mentioned in the article: technology people and marketing people should work more closely together. Why aren't you? Why aren't you reaching out and hearing our feedback? You have 3, 4, and 5 digit users saying very negative things about the beta site with clear logical reasoning. The 6 and 7 digit users are in full support.

        Want to stop Okian Warrior and keep who you haven't lost here? Halt production of the new website and publically announce that you're scrapping it. Fix the problems with the old site and then get feedback as how to improve the old site. Yeah, some of us are a little crass, but we'll work with you if you work with us.

        • by unitron (5733)

          I just posted to Okian's thread suggesting the possibility of a one week co-ordinated boycott to show just how many beta foes there are.

          Maybe we can call ourselves the VHS_Mob. : - )

          • I'd say a one week boycott could be interesting, but Okian Warrior posted the exact same message in several spots. (I'm just spreading the word.) Perhaps email him with that suggestion. He left his email in the message. Not sure how'd we'd organize that and have an effect.
          • Yeah, you guys should boycott. I shudder to think of how lonely and empty I would feel if none of the comment threads were about "fuck beta" and they were about the article instead. I think missing out on your company would be enough to convince me and the other complacent sheep here to join the cause.
            • by unitron (5733)

              They can be about the article any old time.

              How many chances do you think we'll get to keep Dice from turning this place into SlashingtonPost?

        • by fafalone (633739)
          As a 6-digit user I resent that. The beta is terrible and needs to be entirely scrapped.

          And the absolute worst part is this bullshit they're feeding us about how they're listening to our feedback and making incremental improvements. It's fucking insulting. 99% of commenters seem to want the thing gone entirely, but they're not listening to us. They're shoving a horrible design down our throats and completely disregarding everyone that doesn't agree with them.
        • by Ol Olsoc (1175323)

          >For a laugh, here is an article [] written by someone at computer world and promoted at about what marketing would like to say to IT people like us. It starts off with "Chief marketing officer David Perry knows exactly what he needs from his organization's IT department" and goes downhill from there.

          Ever wonder how we got milkshakes that you have to eat with a spoon?

          Ever wonder how Ketchup got so thick that you have to take up lifting weights to shake it out of the bottle?

          Ever wonder how Cars come out, then become bigger, wider, longer, and so many other "'ers" that they have to bring out a new car because people actually wanted the old one?

          Ever wonder how an operating system could become changed so much that it isn't recognizable, and doesn't function well any more?


          And Marketing alwa

      • Missing Option: Looking for work since my company shuttered. For some reason, everyone stopped visiting our website.
      • Better: make a new poll
        (a) keep beta
        (b) trash beta
        at least we'll know what everyone thinks about that
      • by fafalone (633739)

        How's about a poll about whether or not to go forward with beta? Then you can show us just how much everyone loves it and only a tiny minority wants it scrapped entirely! Tiny incremental improvements will change all our minds right!

        So where's the poll? Oh that's right, having a >90% against it will make the opposition even more clear, and get the casual users wondering why something so horrendously unpopular is being shoved down everyone's throat.
    • by legojenn (462946)

      I outlasted Cowboy Neal.

  • Data says (Score:5, Funny)

    by mhajicek (1582795) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @12:47PM (#46150803)
    Less likely to outlast coworkers if reading Slashdot...
  • Phd (Score:5, Funny)

    by Extremus (1043274) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:15PM (#46151075)

    I am a phd candidate working in an university lab, you insensitive clod.

    Outlasting my co-workers means something completly different around here.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Infiniti2000 (1720222)
      That might be the last time you have a decent job that isn't being a teacher somewhere.
    • Re:Phd and Labs (Score:3, Informative)

      by WillAffleckUW (858324)

      Have to agree. Many of those I outlasted have gone on to teach at Stanford, various other universities, and/or set up their own labs.

      But I'm doing core courses to get ready for my own PhD.

      A word to those not doing PhDs - get job experience NOW while still in school. You will really wish you had.

      And if doing a PhD, start lining up post-doc positions BEFORE you get your PhD. You will really wish you had.

    • by buswolley (591500)
      As am I. Senior at last.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You don't want to do a postdoc... do something, anything else. It is absolutely the worst type of job you could get (I don't care what field it is). I've been a professor and I've been a government grant manager. I know how academic sausage is made, and it's not pretty. The lives and livelihoods of senior grad students and postdocs are gambled for big results, but they very rarely see the pay off, it will go to the faculty mentor almost without fail. Senior faculty, no matter how nice and well intentioned,

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I am a porn actor.

      Outlasting my co-workers means something completely different around here.

    • You insensitive clod. It means something completely different for us giggolos as well.

  • Golden handcuffs (Score:5, Insightful)

    by LunaticTippy (872397) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:29PM (#46151241)
    I feel a little trapped in my job. Pay is OK, hours are 9-5, and in my mid 40s I'm scared of trying something new that might turn into 60 hour weeks or go belly up.

    I've been through enough pointless death marches and had enough employers go under. Sometimes I think about pursuing something more exciting or lucrative but stability wins out for me when it comes to paychecks.
    • by DeTech (2589785) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:35PM (#46151355)
      Sometimes the lifehack is doing what you don't mind to have time to do what you love.
    • by cayenne8 (626475)

      Sometimes I think about pursuing something more exciting or lucrative but stability wins out for me when it comes to paychecks.

      Why not try to do things on the side, on your FREE time, to make some extra $$.

      Try thinking of things you enjoy doing and try to monetize might work out and you could then change to work for yourself.

      You ain't gonna get rich these days, working for someone else....

    • by Krneki (1192201)

      So start some projects after your regular work.

      The internet is vast and infinite!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:38PM (#46151401)

    I am the lost employee! Paid but forgotten!

  • by bziman (223162) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @01:59PM (#46151711) Homepage Journal

    At my first company, I was the sixth employee, and we grew to over a thousand. By the time I left after nearly ten years, all of the people who had been there before me, including the founders, had all gone, along with nearly half the rest. (When the founders bug out, that's a sign it's time to move on!)

    At my second company, even though I was there for five years, it was a small company, and only a handful of old-timers left, and only a handful of new-comers arrived.

    Now, I've been at a HUGE company for almost exactly one year, but I don't personally know anyone who has left the company in that time. Though I've heard about some ex-employees who have come back.

  • by clarkn0va (807617) <apt DOT get AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @02:00PM (#46151733) Homepage
    I just reported on this, so I have pretty good information on it. I am in my fifth year of service, as are 52 others here. With 486 total employees, that puts me somewhere between the 22nd and 33rd percentile for longevity.
  • by gman003 (1693318) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @02:05PM (#46151823)

    I've got seniority (by duration of employment) over all but three of the people in the company, meaning I've "outlasted" about 70% of the company. However, only a few have ever been fired or left the company - one developer was quit-fired, one administrative assistant left for family reasons and maybe a quarter-dozen interns finished doing their time and found employment elsewhere (just as many interns found full employment with us - that's how I got in here).

    So if "outlast" means "been at the company longer", I've outlasted everyone without a C-level title, and even one of those who have. But if it means "how many people have been fired before you", the answer is "not a lot".

    • So few people get fired around at my job that I didn't even think of that possibility. It's a fairly laid back job, even if the pay isn't phenomenal it think it's a good deal. Some people leave for a higher-stress higher-pay environment, but I'm not too interested in something like that.

  • by techno-vampire (666512) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @02:07PM (#46151859) Homepage
    I selected that I'm unemployed, because it's the least wrong answer. The right answer is that I'm retired, but I can understand why that's not showing up on a Slashdot poll.
  • Golden handshake (Score:5, Interesting)

    by hambone142 (2551854) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @02:53PM (#46152707)
    After 35 years, they made me an offer I cauldn't refuse. Fourteen month'salary in to my 401k to retire. I did and have no regrets.
    • by bidule (173941)

      they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. I died and have no regrets.

      That'd what I read...

  • by Average (648) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @03:03PM (#46152861)

    Let's just say... I picked up my 3-digit Slashdot ID on the same floor that I work right now (some department re-organizations later). And I still work with several people that predate me.

    Sadly, inflation-adjusted, I also still make about what I did in the 1990s.

    • I picked "Most of my Co-workers", even though that's not quite right, but it's how I think of it. The original company I started with in 1999 was acquired by another in 2003. And although there are 300+ people in the combined company, of the 50 or so people in the original company, it's down to me and one other guy left. In the original company there are probably about 10 - 20 folks with earlier hiring dates earlier than myself.
    • by Jon Abbott (723)

      I picked up my 3-digit Slashdot ID five jobs ago.

    • Sad, but not uncommon. I discovered the same thing was basically happening to me and I job hopped some. I'm a little greener than you with only about 12 years of experience, but (adjusted for inflation), I was making about the same as when I started.
  • Some left, laid off, and even a few died (recent one, who was a project manager (PM), was on Christmas 2013 day). :~(

  • by Bigbutt (65939)

    Really hard to say. I don't keep track of the employees in the company. I've been here a bit over 6 years. Many of the old timers seem to think I've been here longer. My co-Sr Unix admin has been here for 20 years.

    This is the first job I've worked at where I've done the same thing for 6 years though. The previous job I worked on two different contracts. The one before that was for the Olympics in Greece. Before that I was at the Government Agency for 13 years but changed actual jobs 5 or 6 times (contractor

    • Similar boat here. Six years in the same position. Outlasted every single manager/director, including an average of a new president every year. It's starting to getting too restrictive to work there. Golf shirts are out, button downs with a tie. They want me there at 8:00 instead of 10:00 flex. Web based punch clock instead of the honour system. No more overtime or lieu time. 37.5 hours a week instead of 40. They're turning it into a job!
    • There seems to be a strong perception, I think, that you're still "fairly new" until one day something happens and you realise that you're the old hand. There's rarely a point where you feel about half way between the two.

  • With 40+ engineers, we have no turnover at all. (One guy left a couple of years ago, but he's back). But then we live in a resort area, work in a recession-proof business, and are all semi-retired, old-farts.

  • I'm a fixture... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ackthpt (218170) on Tuesday February 04, 2014 @08:36PM (#46157285) Homepage Journal

    ...Like the plumbing.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Ahh, dude- too much shit is just passing you by :)

      Speaking as another fixture I've outlasted two (and am likely to outlast the third) of three companies I have worked for in my 20 year career!

    • by Osgeld (1900440)

      shat on and then forgotten?

  • Year 15 here (Score:4, Insightful)

    by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @12:43AM (#46159013)

    I'm kind of a stick in the mud, though - I was at my previous job well over a decade. I do like my job overall, and while the pay is somewhat less than I'd make on the outside (I'm at a university), the benefits are definitely better than in the private sector.

    I have interviewed elsewhere a few times, and have had a couple offers; but, as a middle aged guy with a family, stability and benefits end up trumping a better salary for me.

    • I am in a similar situation, but only 12 years. The people above me are getting near retirement age, but lots of folks stick around until their seventies around here. I have a side business and work part-time, to keep the interest level up and reduce unreasonable demands on my time. And do volunteer work with high school kids, doing robotics. That's fun.
  • I worked in a central city public library that was closed down after a major earthquake in our city. Several of our team have retired after 20+ years on the job, others moved overseas, or were transferred to suburban or temporary libraries. I am now one of the most experienced in our team after nearly 16 years in my position. In the meantime, several new staff members have been employed that I know little to nothing about. Once our new central library is built in about 2017, it's going to be a strange f

  • Many of my coworkers have outlasted companies.
  • I am the outsourcing manager, you insensitive clod!
  • by codeButcher (223668) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @09:32AM (#46161497)
    At my current workplace, I've outlasted my manager's patience.
  • I was the last of 2 (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Rob the Bold (788862) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @01:54PM (#46163937)

    At one job a while back, I got on a sinking ship just as it hit the iceberg. Somehow -- mostly by happening to be working on projects that would most be missed in the short term -- I survived 8 rounds of layoffs over a seven-year period. By the time the company's assets, technology (such as it was) and trademarks were bought out by a competitor, I was one of two left out of over 350 salaried and hourly employees in three locations. In the end, I personally ripped up the carpet we'd put down in the office, because the landlord didn't want it left after we moved out. They did give me a generous "stay till the bitter end" bonus, so I was okay with it.

    When I tell the story, people compliment me for being such a valuable employee to get kept around through all that, and I have to admit to the fact I mentioned above: at each layoff, I just happened to be doing something that the management didn't want to scuttle because the current bets were on it. Pure chance. Somebody had to be the last guy to be let go, and that guy was me.

  • I am a coal miner you insensitive clod

  • If you consider just current employees, about half started before me and half after me. But if you consider everyone I have worked with at this job, probably close to 4/5 have since moved on to other jobs. Since most people here either stay all the way till retirement, or for just a few years, without much middle ground, the second measure will continue to grow much faster than the first.

  • While the company is long out of business, I've outlived quite a few people from the department I worked in at the second job I had.

    We had seven people, and five have died. Vehicular accidents and cancers...

    If I had a tinfoil hat I'd suspect someone was bumping off those of us who read the white paper on our software's undocumented parameters. So I'd better watch myself.

  • I have been here for nine months. "Here" is the national R & D institute of Austria. I was the very first in the institute's long, loooong history to initiate a 100% FOSS project. It went wonderfully well - until some dinosaur of a manager felt insecure by my project's success and succeeded in getting me out of the door. March 31 will be my last day. And boy, am I happy - the bureacratic bullshit, the love for numb and mindless processes: 9 months were enough to make me yearn back for true industry env

  • by Mascot (120795) on Wednesday February 05, 2014 @06:32PM (#46167251)

    At my current place of employment, no one has ever quit or been fired. Every hire is still here.

  • I have been doing IT for over 15 years, but my current job is my first corporate job. I define corporate as having a publicly traded stock.

    I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised by how often middle and senior management gets fired around here. Having come out of the SME world where it seems like nobody ever gets let go, it is refreshing to see dead weight getting the axe. I never like to see people lose their jobs, but to be honest, there is not one person who I have seen leave in the company in my

  • I got replaced by Slashdot Beta. He took my position, and now he's going to take my wife and kids.

    Slashdot Beta ruined my life!!! /sob

  • does it ever occur to you that your role in life is to provide market research to some corporate holding company by describing the demographic you best fit into?

    or do you take a more active role, by answering incorrectly to poison the statistics?

    I mean come on, at least entertain us with a CowboyNeal option.

  • I've been in this specific industry (a narrow niche area of specialty chemicals) for sixteen years now, and have been with my current employer for ten years. During my first few years here, the company's summer picnic included a guessing contest around the question of the average age of the employees working at HQ. At that time, it was an astounding 62 - many, many employees across most departments dated back to the earlier family-owned days of the company, and little hiring had been done in many years.


  • select
    count(*), decode(sign(emp_id - 16562), 0, 'me', -1, 'past it', 1, 'noob')
    from employees
    where emp_status = 'A'
    group by decode(sign(emp_id - 16562), 0, 'me', -1, 'past it', 1, 'noob')

    more "noob" than "past it"'.
  • A good follow-up question would be whether this makes you happy or sad.

    Frankly, the jobs where I "lasted" the most time were some of the ones I enjoyed the least.

  • The Dance is getting harder and harder. Got to keep up with skills, but one has to balance it with life. I find it harder and harder as I get older. Life keeps aiming at derailing work. They might be good or bad events...but they are still distractions from improving work. That said...I will take all the distractions my 20 month old can toss my way.
  • So I start work and a month later someone that has been there 10 years leaves. Did I out last them? Or do I only out last them if they started at the same time or later and leave before me?

  • At my previous place of employment, I had trouble writing out my "goodbye" letter to the team remaining, as most of the good stories involved people who not only weren't there, but no one left even knew them.

    That might be a sign, btw, for any managerial types, to worry about your staff turnover. Just sayin.

  • No, really, it was. And I'm a little weirded out by the timing of this poll.

  • I became a regular employee of the company I work for just this week, making me the newest in one sense.

    I've been contracting for them since 2009, which would put me in the middle of the pack.

    I started working for the company that merged into this one way back in 2003, and I'm the only one who used to work for that company still left, as well as having been at one or the other longer than most employees of the current company.

  • Retirement.

    I no longer have to care.

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