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25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby greenspam » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:45 pm

well, just finishing up 25 years here in the salt mine, started this job on july 1, 1988...
beware, youngsters, time flies when you're having fun.

btw same wife, 27 years,
same car, 11 years.
i guess when i like something i stick to it.

there are advantages to longevity on this job;
now qualify for same medical benefits even if i leave, and,
recently joined 2-comma club in retirement acct.

advice: invest early and often... it is amazing how the dough piles up over time

anyone been on the same job this long ??? just curious.
as always,
peace,
greenie.

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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Blues » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:49 pm

Hmmm...I see some parallels.

Left the job with 27 years in.
Same wife for 26 years.
Same vehicle for (going on) 12 years.

Member of the same club last time I checked. :beer
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby pennstater2005 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:50 pm

Not that long. But in the same place now for 8 years. Which is the longest for me in this particular field. I plan on here staying here long term. Great people, great place to work. Congrats on the 2 commas!
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby livesoft » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:52 pm

greenspam wrote:well, just finishing up 25 years here in the salt mine, started this job on july 1, 1988...
beware, youngsters, time flies when you're having fun.

btw same wife, 27 years,
same car, 11 years.
i guess when i like something i stick to it.

Same job 19 years. I'm not going to make it 25 years, but each time I threaten to quit, they cut my hours and give me a pay raise. :)
Same car 11 years.
Same spouse 31 years.
It's all about short-term opportunistic rebalancing due to a short-term change in one's asset allocation, uh, I mean opportunistic rebalancing, uh I mean rebalancing, uh I mean market timing.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Atilla » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:11 pm

Same job since 1991. Made it through two bankruptcies/company changes and in 1997 took my clients with me to the current employer. Four employers, but the same job. I still have clients with me since when I started - they're starting to die off or retire in some cases.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby harrychan » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:21 pm

I've been debating this. Will be 10 years in Aug. and I am 33. Most people I talk to agree that if I stay any longer it would be career suicide unless I plan on staying. For the most part, this is a great job. I telecommute 100%, decent pay and benefits. Lots of politics and layoffs but I presume that is similar in most companies in my field (IT).
This is not legal or certified financial advice but you know that already.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Devil's Advocate » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:24 pm

11 yrs at the same job. The only one I have had after my professional training. My coworker who was in charge of interviewing me knew I was "the one" when I asked her to hold on the phone while I flipped my steak. Great job, great pay, great bosses, & co workers.
LIFE IS GOOD!

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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Confused » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:26 pm

Same job since February. Longest job tenure was three years. I'm here to represent the younger generation on this forum.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby stickman731 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:29 pm

28 1/2 years same company and same site. Got acquired 2 years ago and will be moving to new location starting Monday. It was very bitter sweet leaving the site I worked at for so long. The good thing is the commute will be shorter mileage wise, but waiting to see time wise.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby JandNTN » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:38 pm

Currently I sit a 1 year and 3 months. Longest time at 1 job was 1 year 8 months. That was right out of undergrad and in public accounting. Went back to grad school and got a job after that. Left that job because I got an offer that was in the same city as my now fiancee. I plan on staying with the company but may look around within in the next few years. At 25 years of service I think my company offers a 9% 401k match.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby prudent » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:09 pm

36 years. I know people say don't stay in one place that long, but out of a company of 800 people there are 25 people who have been there longer. It's that kind of industry where the specialized knowledge isn't taught in schools and is hard to replace and the younger people who could be set for life if they stuck around tend to go other places after a few years.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby mbres60 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:15 pm

28 1/2 years on the job. I retire next year at 29 1/2 years.
spouse - almost 40 years
cars- 12 years and 10 years
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Call_Me_Op » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:15 pm

28 years on Monday. :)
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Trev H » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:18 pm

greenspam...

I started working at my current employer June 1988 (very close to your start date).

Married my one and only wife May 1990.

Bought my first and probably only new vehicle in Oct 1994 (ordered a new 1995 model) and still driving it.

I like to stick with things that are good anyway.

PS... at my employer we earn 8 hours sick leave monthly, and that accumulates with no limits, and when you retire you get paid that sick leave at your pay rate upon retirement.

I currently have a sick leave balance of 2043 hours.

I work from a home office, so even if quite sick (cold, virus, upset stomach, etc) I can usually still work.

Hope my health holds out until retirement and I collect on that nice leave balance payment.

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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby mcblum » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:35 pm

forty-six years and counting. It is my co-workers,from all over the world, that make my job enjoyableI When I hit fifty years,will re-acess....
That will probably be it. Marty
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby west coast cpa » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:03 pm

Just celebrated 34 years on the job, fast approaching 36 years of marriage, 11+ years on my 2002 X5 & 2002 S430, and embarking Sunday on a 39-day cruise. Life is good, thanks to The Bogleheads!
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby nodenuff2 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:11 pm

41 and 1/2 years Same company and same wife 43 years.6 cars none new also have 2 commas thinking of going early next year
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby joe8d » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:14 pm

I worked 42 years with the same company,retiring only when they closed operations here.I am now approaching 7 years with my retirement job.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby yosh99 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:24 pm

I was "severed" along with the other 50 year olds after 29 years at a large multinational. For the last 11, I've been doing the same job, but independently so I've been doing what I'm doing for 40 years. I've another four of five to go before I retire.

Married 35 years.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby etarini » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:32 pm

I hit my 28th anniversary at my job in May...it's been a wonderful ride, much better than I ever expected...

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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby sherwink » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:42 pm

38 years, married 30 years.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Kalo » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:12 pm

I've been working on and off at my current client for about 6 or 7 years I think. With other clients and one regular job in between. Just had a call today from my agency with another possibility. The message said they thought I would be wrapping it up at the current client in a couple of weeks, which was news to me but is possible. They only use me as long as the work holds out, but have always called me back eventually.

Longest I've ever held a regular job is just under five years. Have done that several times.

I'm grateful that 401k's were introduced shortly after I started working. Allows for portability of retirement savings. Plus I feel like I'm less likely to hose it up than an employer would be with a defined benefit plan. Another advantage of changing jobs regularly is that I've been able to move all 401k funds to Vanguard, except for what's in my current plan. So the majority of my retirement savings are at Vanguard.

Hope to semi-retire in about seven more years and then fully retire about four or five years after that. This will depend on Mr Market, among other things.

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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Texashorns » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:20 pm

Same job coming on 34 years, same wife 33 years
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Texashorns » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:20 pm

Same job coming on 34 years, same wife 33 years
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby goldendad » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:46 pm

Job 27 years. Wife 36 years.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Sheepdog » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:53 pm

15 years retired.
38 years engineer and factory management.... 26+ of which was with my last company as factory/plant manager.
53 years married to the same girl.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby 22twain » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:53 pm

Same employer for 28 years, same wife for 25 years (as of a few weeks ago). Until a couple of months ago it was the same car for 13 years, but then it got totaled.

But my wife can beat me: same employer for 36 years, same car for 23 years. She's now looking to replace the car, but hopefully not the husband.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Blues » Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:32 am

The replies in this thread make for some interesting reading and food for thought. I hope it will not be overlooked by some of the younger members.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby yukon50 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:07 am

1 year

Just got a layoff notice. It will be my 3rd layoff since I started working in 2006. Also, I got laid off in 2008 when the market was crashing and I really wanted to be buying equities.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby BHCadet » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:03 am

Wife 27 years.
Job 31 years.
Cars 14 and 9 years.
Retirement... next year
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby ray.james » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:44 am

Congratulations greenspam

As a young engineer...I am looking in awe :shock:
I was sure to leave my first company until manager changed and now it is a happy work. I think we should have new thread...on what makes a job great and grass just looks greener other side.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby ofcmetz » Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:36 am

Job 14 years
Wife 13 years
Truck not so long.
Showing up at the donut shop at 5 am to get them hot out of the oil is an example of successful market timing.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby soaring » Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:59 am

three jobs in life: first 15yrs, second 3 yrs, third and final 25 yrs.
wife 40 yrs
cars: yrs 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 10, 14, 3 and growing older
but after retirement at 53 moved and bought homes 9 times (three times across country) in last 10 yrs trying to find where wife wanted to settle. :(
She finally found it. :D . Edit: was in same home 17 yrs prior to those moves.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby DaleMaley » Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:28 am

Job 34 years.
Wife 35 years.
Truck 14 years.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby mike143 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:30 am

Will be 10 years in May, unusual for someone my age (30).
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby The Wizard » Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:59 am

Just retired this spring after 40 years on the job with same employer.
I guess I was just too lazy to look for improved situations by job hopping...
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby ruralavalon » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:08 am

Same wife for 45 years :) . Raised four children.

Three jobs since completing school:
1. 10 years;
2. 5 years; and
3. 25 years.
I almost always enjoyed the work I was doing.

Owned three homes:
1. 9 years;
2. 25 years; and
3. 7 years.

We have never bought a new car, only used.

Now retired about 2 years.

Kalo wrote:I'm grateful that 401k's were introduced shortly after I started working. Allows for portability of retirement savings.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby DAK » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:18 am

Same job 3 years.
Same wife 4 years
Same car 10 years.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby jeffyscott » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:22 am

28 years in the only post-college job I have had. In the 8 years prior to that I had at least 8 jobs, so that gives average job tenure of 4 years. I'd always heard that the average person changes jobs every 4 or 5 years, so I guess I'm pretty average on the job hopping :D .

Only one spouse and will be 30 years of marrige in a few months.

Cars are only 8 and 6 years old.

16 years in house we had built.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby user5027 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:47 am

32 years, counting full time after college. 35 years if you count co-op (internships). Yes the same place and no I am not related to anyone.

29 years of wedded bliss.

29 years in "same" house. We totally reconstructed/expanded after child number two, 24 years ago.

Vehicles
2001 Ford F350 (company vehicle, does that count?)
2003 Saab 93 (wife)
1991 BMW 325I (the thing won't die, is fun to drive and we get inquiries to sell several times a year)
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Simplegift » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:54 am

Fascinating to read the job tenure of many Bogleheads. Many who have posted are well beyond the national averages and could even be considered outliers:

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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby arthurdawg » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:54 am

I was starting my freshman year of high school 25 years ago!

I've been at my current job for 7 years... I spent an extra 10 years training after med school, takes a while to get out.

Same wife for almost 15 years... my current vehicle is 7 years old, but I do have my trusty Ford Ranger that I bought 14 years ago!

I don't get sick leave, but have missed exactly 2 days (vertigo to bad to stand x2 spent the day in the bed both times... several years apart) of work since starting my residency in 2000.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Sheepdog » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:22 am

Simplegift wrote:Fascinating to read the job tenure of many Bogleheads. Many who have posted are well beyond the national averages and could even be considered outliers:


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


That Bureau of Labor Statistics on median years of employment tenure would mean more if it did not include those as young as 16. It would have been more meaningful if the survey was for those older than, say, 35 years.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby JohnnyO » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:27 am

Great thread idea:

Same job for 24 years
Same spouse for 22 years
Investment strategy: We balance our income to be able to enjoy life now but have a secure retirement in the near future. I also try and put enough money in retirement that we are almost living on what our net retirement budget will be already. Neat trick, won't cause too many changes in the near future. 8-)

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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Simplegift » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:30 am

Sheepdog wrote:That Bureau of Labor Statistics on median years of employment tenure would mean more if it did not include those as young as 16. It would have been more meaningful if the survey was for those older than, say, 35 years.

Good point, Sheepdog. Here's a look at job tenure by age group of workers:

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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Jazztonight » Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:48 am

1. In my profession 37 years
2. With the same company 30 years
3. I am retiring in four weeks :happy
4. Second wife--together for 31 years
5. I also have a parallel career (music) that I will continue to pursue for the duration 8-)
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby minesweep » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:24 pm

greenspam wrote:well, just finishing up 25 years here in the salt mine, started this job on july 1, 1988...
beware, youngsters, time flies when you're having fun.

I’m at the point in my retirement where time flies even when I'm not having fun.

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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Tyrobi » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:45 pm

I'm in early 30's group.

Same job 6.5 years.
Same car 7 years.
Same spouse 6 years.

No desire to change and I'm happy to stay the same.
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Re: 25 years today (how long u been on the job ???)

Postby Candor » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:43 pm

I'm approaching my 20th year in a couple of months. Funnily enough my manager made a big deal of me hitting 20 years LAST year and I didn't bother to correct him so it will be interesting to see what happens this year. :D
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