What degree of job security do you enjoy?

Scale of 1 - 10. 1 being a virtual foot out the door, and 10 being I’ma retire here.

I may be paranoid, but I think I’m maybe a 5, and that sucks. It’s like being in a sustained state of indecision.

I’ve been in financial services 21 years… 14 with my current firm. I’m a consistently strong performer, and my reviews reflect that. I’m a leader, and people like me. That all said, I should feel secure, but I don’t.

This firm is like that show “Survivor”… never know who will be voted out next. I’m convinced there are trap doors under all the desks. It’s less a matter of “if”, but more that of “when” yours drops open.

The worst part is that performance often has nothing to do with it. It’s politics and money. It’s not enough to be a strong performer, you have to play nice, and hope your salary doesn’t jump off the balance sheet come purge time.

You mean you’re not an actual Stuntman? I suppose that would be even worse for job security, though.

I’m a non-tenured college instructor, so in theory, I could be dropped any academic year if they decided they didn’t need me. But I’m in a specialty that is very hard to hire (too many better-paying industrial jobs), so I suspect that I’m sitting at around 9.5 on your scale.

I’ve been here (land surveying company) nearly 20 years now, I know the ins and outs of everything that goes on… half or more of our output is produced with software I created myself. I’m the go-to guy for any and all technical questions, software help, design decisions… you name it, my fingers are in it, whether it is field surveys, drafting, or GIS work. In addition to that, I’m the lead remote pilot, the data processing guru, and also the in-house IT specialist.

The sad part? If I could figure out how to go someplace else, I would in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, I have no college degree, and now I’m getting older, which makes finding a place to go nearly impossible, it seems to me. I’d love to live in a place that shares my values even a LITTLE bit, rather than the black beating heart of Trumpistan.

  1. I’ve been here 17 years, got between 2-3 years more til retirement. They need this position. They don’t necessarily need ME, but I’m small potatoes so why bother?

Since I’m on 6 month contracts and they will only extend for two years I’m pretty sure my job will end at the end of October 2020. Maybe they’ll extend it to the end of the year but that’s doubtful. Or maybe at some point between now and then they’ll decide to not renew any contracts and the whole lot of us will be hittin’ the bricks. After a big deadline around March next year I’ll start looking because it takes longer and longer to find work as I get older and fartier. I’ll be lucky to find something before my last extension runs out. So, low score for individual job security but a tick higher because industry-wide (pharmaceutical clinical research) chances are I’ll get hired somewhere else. Overall 2.5 maybe.

10, as I’m one of the owners. (and I’m not too far from retiring)

6/7. I’m confident that the owners would keep me before pretty much anyone else, but I work in a creative company. These babies goes bust all the time, and whilst I’m pretty up on the company performance, you never know the complete picture. That, and they could easily decide to sell in the next few years, then who knows.

6/7 for me too. The company is doing great. Many of my coworkers have been around here for 20+ years. HOWEVER, the work is project work at clients and the software I work with is contracting in the marketplace. So, at the end of my current project I’m not sure where I might go next or if they’ll have anything for me. I’m really not interested in ramping up on a new product at this point.

If I could retire I would, but I need about one more project to get there. They are not known to lay people off, but you never know! If that were to happen it would really mess up my plans.

About a 9. I just hit my ten year anniversary. But I’m trapped on night shift with no way off. So, I’m job hunting next year.

8, at least in terms of the institutional stability. I work for a city government, and have made it past my probationary period, so I’m pretty difficult to fire at this point. But people have been laid off in the past, and I would suspect that’s by performance modified by seniority.

But barring some kind of 2008-level economic crisis, that’s very unlikely to happen.

I’d say that it’s more likely overall that I’d get fed up for some reason, or get some kind of once-in-a-lifetime offer and bail from this job, than they’d get rid of me.

I’m a teacher in California with 32 years in. They are of mixed feelings about having to replace me, as I teach a subject that is semi-hard to hire for if you want both skill and stability. OTOH, if they hire a recent grad they can get them for half the money they have to pay me.

That’s what worries me most.

  1. Technical skills in a maintenance field. They are always short staffed. Barring a person trying to score brownie points and reporting a questionable safety decision (breaking an imaginary safety barrier - one that is defined as* too close*) I am pretty much in a position to glide into retirement in 7-10 years.

I have an ex-brother-in-law who was an overnight disk jockey for about fifteen years. I don’t know for sure that living on the wrong side of the clock is what drove him insane, but it surely didn’t help. Good luck on your hunt!

  1. I’m self-employed, and at my age no one would hire me anyway.

I guess I’m an 11 as I’m retired.

Probably about a 4.

I work in advertising, and one of the truisms about the ad industry is that if you haven’t been caught up in a layoff, you haven’t worked in the industry for long enough. So, that said, for most people at most ad agencies, if they were to ever give an answer above about a 7 to this question, they’re either in a very unusually stable position in the field, or they’re delusional.

My team is doing great, our clients love us, and we have a high potential for winning a lot more business from one, if not both, of my primary clients in the next six months. However…we learned last month that our parent company is looking to sell our agency. So, depending on who winds up being the buyer, it could be amazing news, or it could be horrid news.

Me too. We’re the definition of only going when we die on the job.

Now when I was working I had developed, designed and 80% coded a system that was essential to my department. When I told them I wanted to retire, my boss proposed I work one day a week so it wouldn’t fall apart. When that proved against company rules, they decided to pay me five days a week for working one day a week. I did that for four months during the transition.
A year later they shit-canned the whole product line, so it wouldn’t have lasted, though when there were rumors of lay-offs before I left I volunteered to get laid off. I would have made off better financially that way.

3-4. They told us a few years ago they were going to switch to the 20-70-10 principle, and we all qualified as “underperforming” because we’re not team leads (there’s only one team lead for the 14-person team…). I’m also one of the most experienced people on the team and therefore the most expensive. On the other hand, one guy just gave notice on Saturday and didn’t bother to showing up for work yesterday, so that makes me look a bit more reliable than him. I’ve been waiting for the axe to fall for a few years now.

I hope you don’t teach math. Or reading comprehension. :slight_smile:

I am a solid 10. 32 years on the job, retiring in 4.

In those 32 years I have not seen a single person in my role laid off. And if it did happen, I could get a new job the next day.