How many companies have you worked for?

Non-investing personal finance issues including insurance, credit, real estate, taxes, employment and legal issues such as trusts and wills
Topic Author
BradJ
Posts: 312
Joined: Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:06 pm

How many companies have you worked for?

Post by BradJ » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:16 pm

I’m 34, currently working for my second company (10 years at the first, going on 3 at my current)and currently mulling making another move. I actually don’t like moving around, but my current company has a rather slow culture and I’m looking for a more fast paced environment. Out of curiosity, how many companies have you worked for?

Gardner's Son
Posts: 20
Joined: Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:43 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Gardner's Son » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:20 pm

I've just worked for two in my 30 year career as a teacher. Perhaps three, if you count the company my wife and I started on the side...

tigers174
Posts: 12
Joined: Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:24 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by tigers174 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:24 pm

I'm 36 and have been with the same company the entire time after college.

TheHouse7
Posts: 508
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:40 am
Location: Washington State

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by TheHouse7 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:29 pm

10 and I'm 31
"PSX will always go up 20%, why invest in anything else?!" -Father-in-law early retired.

HEDGEFUNDIE
Posts: 2762
Joined: Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:06 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by HEDGEFUNDIE » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:29 pm

#6, age 33

Over 11 years have increased total comp from $75k to $250k. Job hopping pays off!
Last edited by HEDGEFUNDIE on Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.

stocknoob4111
Posts: 631
Joined: Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:52 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by stocknoob4111 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:31 pm

45, current is my 7th company in a 20 year work history

Bb073084
Posts: 25
Joined: Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:24 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Bb073084 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:34 pm

34, currently with my 5th employer post college

Barsoom
Posts: 155
Joined: Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:40 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Barsoom » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:36 pm

Only 1 since college, and I'm 60.

-B

stoptothink
Posts: 5747
Joined: Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:53 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by stoptothink » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:37 pm

37 and I'm on my fourth "real job". Between ages 15-29 I worked at probably two dozen different companies as I put myself through school. 4th year with my current employer and I fully intend to retire from here.

User avatar
jfn111
Posts: 1055
Joined: Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:42 pm
Location: Minnesota

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by jfn111 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:38 pm

Started Post college life with J C Penney's in 1978. (Many pre and college era jobs). Switched to Mega corp in 1979 and worked there 33 years. In retirement I've worked for 2 real estate companies.

Rudedog
Posts: 76
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:15 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Rudedog » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:40 pm

I'm 62, just retired. After I graduated college, I worked for six companies.

LawEgr1
Posts: 156
Joined: Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:34 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by LawEgr1 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:43 pm

In 10 years since graduating with first degree - 5

In 4,5 years since second degree - technically 3. One was six months. Was too boring.



Second degree is completely unrelated from first so really the only data points meaningful are the ones post secobd degree. Fully anticipate I'm not done yet

Jack FFR1846
Posts: 9496
Joined: Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:05 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Jack FFR1846 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:44 pm

5 up to the end of first college degree
4 as a technician
2 including co-op during Bachelors
10 Masters onward
21 total not counting work/study, temporary jobs while in college, or running my own businesses

I'm 62.
Bogle: Smart Beta is stupid

livesoft
Posts: 66975
Joined: Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:00 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by livesoft » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:50 pm

2 after college, then retired.
Wiki This signature message sponsored by sscritic: Learn to fish.

trustquestioner
Posts: 111
Joined: Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:50 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by trustquestioner » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:51 pm

I’m 35, on job #5.

To maximize comp in big companies, you have to switch jobs every few years.

Traveller
Posts: 721
Joined: Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:47 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Traveller » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:52 pm

1 since college. I'm 49.

User avatar
Quercus Palustris
Posts: 53
Joined: Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:31 pm
Location: Maryland

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Quercus Palustris » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:53 pm

5th company since age 15, now 37. Been a contractor for the last two corps, so the jobs themselves have been pretty varied.

I'd like to make it to 10 years somewhere, but that's fairly uncommon (and some argue means the company is taking advantage of you - like trustquestioner says).

pasadena
Posts: 333
Joined: Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:23 am
Location: Washington State

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by pasadena » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:56 pm

I'm 44, and on job #8 post-college (#1 and #4 were with the same company, #2 lasted 3 months).

Changing jobs is often the best way to boost both your career and your income.

Topic Author
BradJ
Posts: 312
Joined: Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:06 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by BradJ » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:58 pm

For those who have had multiple jobs before 40, have you ever left a good paying, safe job for another opportunity that was riskier?

gailcox
Posts: 426
Joined: Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:18 am
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by gailcox » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:02 pm

I"m in the minority here. I've worked for the same company for 36 years and I'm 58 years old.

User avatar
Epsilon Delta
Posts: 8090
Joined: Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:00 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Epsilon Delta » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:06 pm

Does it count if you stay at the same desk and they keep changing the name on the door?

If not 8, if it does about 17, depending on how you count names that only existed while I was on vacation :shock:, and temporary names during mergers.

User avatar
Kenkat
Posts: 4992
Joined: Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:18 am
Location: Cincinnati, OH

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Kenkat » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:08 pm

Age 55, 4 companies.

Every company I have ever worked for experienced either a merger or was sold while I was there.

balofagus
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:52 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by balofagus » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:08 pm

HEDGEFUNDIE wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:29 pm
#6, age 33

Over 11 years have increased total comp from $75k to $250k. Job hopping pays off!
Counterpoint:

#1, age 29.

Over 7 years have increased total comp from $65k to $310k. Staying put pays off!

:sharebeer

RetiredInTheWest
Posts: 16
Joined: Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:43 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by RetiredInTheWest » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:09 pm

Retired at age 50. I worked for 5 high tech companies - but the first and last one were the same.

Dottie57
Posts: 6373
Joined: Thu May 19, 2016 5:43 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Dottie57 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:10 pm

Gardner's Son wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:20 pm
I've just worked for two in my 30 year career as a teacher. Perhaps three, if you count the company my wife and I started on the side...
Same here

Ferdinand2014
Posts: 422
Joined: Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:49 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Ferdinand2014 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:11 pm

1, My own. I'm 49
“You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.“ — Warren Buffett

User avatar
tooluser
Posts: 391
Joined: Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:04 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by tooluser » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:14 pm

Six. I started at the last one 31 years ago. The last three companies were in the same sphere of business.

Young folks - get those *paid* internships and relevant work experience when you are in college. It helps you focus, know your own likes and dislikes, and results in a better match when you finally go look for that perfect job. I've worked with people right out of college who have never worked and their usual problem is that they don't know how to work.

The least stressful of the six jobs was long ago: being a janitor in a phone company building. Such good people - the employees never made a mess. I came in after hours and was mostly by myself. Swept the floors, dusted, sanitized the phones, did minimal bathroom cleaning, and marveled at the equipment in the subbasements. Emptied a lot of trashcans with pizza boxes one week when the President came through town (they were from his communications team). Saw the box that the Presidential Seal is kept in. It has its own box, a very sturdy one.

mamboking
Posts: 13
Joined: Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:15 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by mamboking » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:20 pm

I'm 51. 24 different companies. Sometimes as an employee sometimes as a contractor. I found it was the best way to increase my salary.
Kevin

theplayer11
Posts: 771
Joined: Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:55 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by theplayer11 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:32 pm

1...myself. No one has an ever told me what to do(besides wifey). Love the freedom.

User avatar
dcnut
Posts: 171
Joined: Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:00 pm
Location: Illinois

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by dcnut » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:34 pm

Started current job after a short Navy stint. I am still with it after almost 49 years. I did retire 17 years ago, but continue working part-time, and love it. Work in IT.

fourwheelcycle
Posts: 656
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 5:55 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by fourwheelcycle » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:47 pm

Three - 2 years, 3 years, 36 years. Now retired.

My wife's answer is one - 43 years. I retired before her.

quantAndHold
Posts: 3438
Joined: Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:39 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by quantAndHold » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:52 pm

8 in 30 years. The 1st and 7th were the same company.

HEDGEFUNDIE
Posts: 2762
Joined: Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:06 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by HEDGEFUNDIE » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:53 pm

balofagus wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:08 pm
HEDGEFUNDIE wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:29 pm
#6, age 33

Over 11 years have increased total comp from $75k to $250k. Job hopping pays off!
Counterpoint:

#1, age 29.

Over 7 years have increased total comp from $65k to $310k. Staying put pays off!

:sharebeer
Congratulations.

I actually believe I work with some people who have had exactly your experience. One in particular started right out of college as a front line Sales Dev Rep, cold-calling prospects. 5 years later he's the Chief of Staff to the Head of Sales, and the company stock is now 8x what it was when he started.

mattshwink
Posts: 350
Joined: Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:01 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by mattshwink » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:59 pm

A lot....earlier in my career I switched more (sometimes to advance, and sometimes to because a contract I was on switched hands).

I am about to start with my 15th company in 24 years of work experience (starting with a new company/job on March 25th).

foamypirate
Posts: 104
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:36 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by foamypirate » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:04 pm

Age 29. One company, 10 years. Started at 44k, now making 127k. No college degree (working on fixing that, as I do realize how incredibly lucky I have been).

runner3081
Posts: 2186
Joined: Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:22 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by runner3081 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:17 pm

Entire life? 21.

Longest stint was 8-years. Going on 4-years in current job.

Bronco Billy
Posts: 122
Joined: Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:27 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Bronco Billy » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:37 pm

I am 65. Had 3 Jobs. Got out of Vo-tech and worked 1 year at Gas station for $600 a month. Worked for the next company 33 years. My old boss hired me and been with this company 13 years. I will be done in June this year. :sharebeer
It's a POOR woman that cannot support ONE man.

cwied
Posts: 31
Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:35 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by cwied » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:52 pm

BradJ wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:58 pm
For those who have had multiple jobs before 40, have you ever left a good paying, safe job for another opportunity that was riskier?
I'm 51, on my 7th job (more if you count being acquired as a new job). I've joined risky opportunities each time (software startups). Of the 6 previous jobs, 3 basically ended in liquidations. I left a Fortune 1000 company three of those times to join the startup.

It helps that my first two jobs ended up in successful outcomes. I'm sure I would have been more risk averse with a different start to my career. For me, the return compensated for the risk and I never really had to struggle financially. On the other hand, I never thought that I couldn't get a good-paying safe job if I really wanted to, so I feel like I had a safety net.

User avatar
cheese_breath
Posts: 8622
Joined: Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:08 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by cheese_breath » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:55 pm

Long retired. Three after college, but one of them twice.

edit: OOPS, male that four. I forgot EDS. :oops: But I only was with them eleven years, so how could I be expected to remember that? :oops:
Last edited by cheese_breath on Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:20 am, edited 1 time in total.
The surest way to know the future is when it becomes the past.

bhsince87
Posts: 2380
Joined: Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:08 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by bhsince87 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:56 pm

Three. 12 years, 2 years, and 18 years. Now retired.
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace." Samuel Adams

Thegame14
Posts: 1084
Joined: Mon May 07, 2018 11:53 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by Thegame14 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:57 pm

38,

2 yrs public acct
3.5 years megacorp
2 years megacorp
4 years startups - 2 different ones
2 years non-profit

some consulting in between so 6

DonIce
Posts: 601
Joined: Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:44 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by DonIce » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:08 am

32 years old here, been working at the same company since finishing grad school (8 years).

User avatar
FrugalInvestor
Posts: 5114
Joined: Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:20 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by FrugalInvestor » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:32 am

3 significant companies with respect to experience while in college and 4 companies during my 24 year career after graduation and until retirement.
IGNORE the noise! | Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify. - Henry David Thoreau

b.lock
Posts: 69
Joined: Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:56 am
Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by b.lock » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:33 am

5 jobs, 29 years old.
I worked the same job during college for 4.5 years. I include that one because it was a real job and I could have continued to work there after graduating. I'm on my 4th job after graduating.

mancich
Posts: 630
Joined: Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:05 pm

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by mancich » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:32 am

1 and I'm 51 (30 years)

dcabler
Posts: 987
Joined: Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:30 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by dcabler » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:38 am

I'll be 58 in a couple of months. I've worked for 9 companies since college. This includes working for one company twice. It's not atypical in my industry and the need to change jobs wasn't always voluntary.

carolinaman
Posts: 3693
Joined: Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:56 am
Location: North Carolina

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by carolinaman » Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:59 am

I retired at age 66 having worked for 4 organizations: 13, 1, 5, 27 years respectively. That was a different time. It probably would be more in today's work environment. BTW, I have a great pension from the last job of 27 years.

goblue100
Posts: 910
Joined: Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:31 am

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by goblue100 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:01 am

58 yo.
3 companies
2 houses
1 wife
I don't like change.
Financial planners are savers. They want us to be 95 percent confident we can finance a 30-year retirement even though there is an 82 percent probability of being dead by then. - Scott Burns

RadAudit
Posts: 3424
Joined: Mon May 26, 2008 10:20 am
Location: Second star on the right and straight on 'til morning

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by RadAudit » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:30 am

After college graduation, 1 for 39 years. Then retired.
FI is the best revenge. LBYM. Invest the rest. Stay the course. - PS: The cavalry isn't coming, kids. You are on your own.

User avatar
topper1296
Posts: 621
Joined: Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:50 pm
Location: Nashville TN

Re: How many companies have you worked for?

Post by topper1296 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:32 am

5 since I graduated from college (currently age 45) and I've been with my current employer for over 12 years now. On a side note, I've also been in same home for over 12 years now.

Post Reply