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Ever had a job you liked?

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I like job where i can take resposibility. I can always answer for actions i've taken.
I'd say:
1. i liked to work in Moscow State Uni and the company that was attached to it. I worked really hard but most of it was very rewarding and i made lots of friends and met some very eccentric and interesting people (in corners of Natonal Health Ministry building ), the salary sucked as one might guess...but i did not matter
2. i worked in Japan. I did not like job until my boss relaxed and gave me reins. Overall it was pleasant experience and i still think that Japanese people are most wonderful people. And i mean it. Japan is great country!!!
3. I've come to hate work in US. Unfortunatelly i can't be very specific because...
- i was made to do all the dull things that i predicted would fail, when they did, i was to blame;
- national diversity is great but, people, nowhere as in US you will meet such hatred to other nationals, and i mean not Americans to other nationalities , but i noticed that some nationalities don't like each other and once got met in US they want morally obliterate each other and i had some of that too... it was worst of all
Guys, tell please what jobs you had what you liked and why. What jobs are appealing: salary-, respect-, intellectual- ?
I'd put
2. salary
just give it a try
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I like my job Operation Engineering Consultant.
1. Respect means a lot of things for a lot of people.
2. Salary and bonus ties in with your performance.
3. I am in Southern California and northern California, my vendors are in China, Taiwan, Singapore and clients are in US, Holland/Netherlands??? (I am sure about dealing with Dutch).
I customize my job descriptions because I have a versatile background with diversify industries and sizes. I owe it all to my college days major in Electronics Engineer and high school in Civil Engineer Assistant Intern. Now, I am looking back engineering well serving me in array of career up and down. Companies are willing to take me in and train me, I am not so sure if I have graduated in different discipline non-engineering.
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I had one job I really hated. Their management style was "Management By Intimidation" (and I don't intimidate easily). Every time I though I was beginning to adapt, they'd slap me around again. I got a good review, but every item in it had a "but ..." attached. Coincidentally or not, their contempt for employees also matched their contempt for their customers. I discovered this firsthand as several years thereafter, I had the questionable honor not only becoming one, but also of recommending their product to our own customers. Lest you think it's all sour grapes, our customers also complained about them. We went that route primarily because they'd bought the company/product we'd been using. When it came time to look at a major upgrade, I pitched them and went with a competitor. Who, alas, wasn't a whole lot better.
On the other hand, I also had a job I really loved. It was doing device-driver design for MS Windows at the device-driver level on some cutting-edge technology that's now very popular. The pay was excellent, but that was just icing on the cake. Working conditions were much better, I got to play with the neatest tech, and we were producing a really good product. Unfortunately the whole thing got killed when management had a falling out with the money people over control.
My two top-priority items are
#1 having fun
#2 decent working hours
#3 making a good living wage
I don't explicitly count things like being treated with respect, because if you're treated like dirt, you're not likely to be having much fun anyway.
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I had one job i really hated, it was a multinational, funny thing was, i noticed there was a lot of nepotism there. Your progress in that company depended on who you knew not what you could do. Not suprisingly the company is doing very badly now, i knew the company was bound to implode.
Conversely, i had a great internship when i was doing my grad degree, the company was into face-recognition technology, yes, computers that could recognise human faces!!. They had great stuff going on..i would have stayed but they required me to get a Phd in neuroscience...
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I'm on the fourth day with a new employer. I don't really like what I'm doing right now (gathering specs for the reporting function for a huge mainframe-replacement project). But I think I'm going to enjoy the company itself. I like what I've seen of the management thus far....
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