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  • Salary/bonus structure

    130 81.76%
  • Health insurance and benefits

    95 59.75%
  • A cool Aeron chair

    24 15.09%
  • A big monitor/sweet computer

    73 45.91%
  • Flexible dress code/work environment

    105 66.04%
  • Vacation/sick time

    96 60.38%
  • Great place to work - fun/exciting

    112 70.44%
  • Challenging/exciting projects to work on

    105 66.04%
  • Paid moving expenses

    40 25.16%
  • Other (please specify in thread)

    13 8.18%
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    for me its all about the Aeron chair Seriously though a good relaxed (yet productive) atmosphere makes a big difference to me. In a team environment the group should feel welcoming, and I'd prefer if the people were a little quirky... not a bunch of monkeys sitting at workstations. If I see mohawk hairdo's, nice tattoos, bell bottoms etc I feel like I'm in the presence of creativity... a bunch of suits on the other hand, makes me feel like I'm at a republican convention. Of course this would apply to a job involving creativity like design / development, sales and consulting jobs I would have a different expectation of the co-workers (not nearly as cool)
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    I read recently that women rate relationships at work higher than salary, although I don't know how accurate the survey was. It does make sense though - you don't want to spend half your waking hours with people you don't like.

    In the UK, we're finding a huge increase in the number of companies offering unpaid sabbaticals as part of the benefits package - which I strongly approve of!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pachey View Post
    I read recently that women rate relationships at work higher than salary, although I don't know how accurate the survey was. It does make sense though - you don't want to spend half your waking hours with people you don't like.

    In the UK, we're finding a huge increase in the number of companies offering unpaid sabbaticals as part of the benefits package - which I strongly approve of!
    I am not a woman, but I would say that I value being happy more than my salary. I have worked at a job where I was miserable, and it's no way to live.

    There is no reason to spend that much of your life being unhappy. I probably make less than I could working in a big corporation, and I'd likely have better "benefits" (like health insurance, retirement plans, etc.) but that kind of work environment is not for me (not right now anyway).

    I prefer the freedom and flexibility of smaller companies.

    I think allowing an unpaid sabbatical is a great benefit -- you just have to make sure you can do without a member of your team for an extended period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beley View Post
    I think allowing an unpaid sabbatical is a great benefit -- you just have to make sure you can do without a member of your team for an extended period of time.
    The risk being - the longer they can do without you, the less they need you, the more at-risk is your job.
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    Not necessarily - especially since your employer could probably be sued if you were fired for taking a sabattical they said you were entitled to.

    There are limits, and won't always work in all jurisdictions, but eh.

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    It's not being fired straight away, but when management gets wind that you're not really necessary, they will very well consider losing you. When your boss tells his boss how he cut costs, he's going to be one happy man. It's not a good situation to keep building up to.

    What I've seen some people do is bring in temp replacements themselves.
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    A good company is that one that gives you challenging projects and both sides(inlcuding you the employee) play the game?
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    Pay is important. I pay for my own health, investment, life insurance. I can buy my own chairs. Pay and some flexibility on work schedule. Like friday leaving a little early to have a weekend vacation. Working remotely is also very nice as it saves money for travel and time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cascadingstylez View Post
    i see Java developer positions for 22k a year, to me thats underpaid.


    I know people that can't spell 'java' that make more than that.

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    I would say that the people and the task of the job are what would make me consider being hired by a company. At my current job (my usual 8am-5pm) I have:
    1. Awesome co-workers that get along with each other and we spend more time laughing than working
    2. Challenging coding projects that are always making me think outside of the box and learn new things
    3. A boss that lets me come in a little early and leave early as long as I ask.
    4. A boss that lets me take the project where I want instead of being told every little detail of what can and cannot be added (Even though on select projects this does happen but very rarely)
    5. Great pay and generous raises (5% per year)
    6. Freedom to wear what I want as long as it is not jeans and the shirt has a collar (Usually a polo shirt or a dress shirt without a tie)
    7. Uses new ideas that my crazy mind thinks of
    8. The feeling of being needed (I went on a 2 week vacation and people were excited that I was back to fix their problems instead of my boss fixing them. Let me tell you they saved them up for me. )

    That is what perks I look for / want.
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    Brandon - This is a great question and it's something that so many small businesses go through. People who are looking for full-time employment are very different than the contract/freelance group, and you'll generally need to offer a decent package of health care (look into HSA), some kind of 401k, and a nice workstation (which is actually not expensive in the grand scheme but designers in particular will react to a fancy chair that looks like a tennis racket and a couple of big screens).

    All of our full-timers work from home since we don't have an office anymore so we don't really have to worry about that kind of stuff, but if there is one thing that has kept people on-board it's the fact that we offer significant opportunity for growth and future earnings.

    I'm not just talking about raises and bonus. We basically work with employees to try and get them to increase their value over time so that they can generate more revenue for the company and earn more overall. This is especially true when you hire people as design/technical resources and they wind up being leads or project managers.

    This is a win-win for everyone because as employees gain new skills and experience they are more productive and more profitable to you so they should be able to get paid more.

    If you offer potential employees a standard set of benefits along with the opportunity to increase your salary 35% in 24 months by stepping up the plate and doing a great job, you'll be getting the employees who are really serious about their career and want to grow. That is worth a lot!

    The opposite seems to be true, too: if you offer TOO many little perks like free lunches and fancy chairs you start getting employees who are overly concerned with those details and may not by the right fit.

    Back when I was managing a physical office full of web developers, we did the same thing with flex-hours: we offered new employees SOME flexibility in their hours but not much during the first year. Each year, as they advanced (hopefully) they would get increased flexibility and if they were a proven resource they could be working 80% at home in 2 years or so. Of course, these were largely entry-level people and each case is different.

    Don't forget to think about what your company is looking for long term, too. This goes both ways - it's not just about what you offer them!
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    Flexible start time (8-9-10 even 11 sometimes.....) was the most appreciated aspect of one of my better jobs. I did work 12 hour days usually so it works both ways, I wouldn't expect to be able to start late unless I was also working late.

    For me the most important thing is for my contribution to be recognised; even a simple "thankyou" for working long hours goes a long way.

    I find that the financial incentives pretty much even out across the industry and are not the biggest motivator for me. If you want to earn more money become an investment banker or improve your skills/specialisation.

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    I am looking for such a job which is of good working conditions,good salary,good environment.Beyond this i want to be contribute much for that job.I will ready to do hard work for that job.

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    I hope to be getting more flex hours in my next job.

    Is there such a work schedule that falls between freelance and full-time work? Something like letting developers work at home most of the time and just report about once a week to the office. I know this is common in the insurance and mortgage job sectors, but seems like it would also make sense in web technology.


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