I Hate My Job – What About You?

Don - February 7, 2007

I have never worked for a company, punched a clock or had someone (other than my wife) to report to – job wise – since I graduated from college. I’ve owned several businesses and been in sales. Some of these jobs have provided great experiences, fun times, and a real feeling of job satisfaction.

My wife and I opened a bridal store 6 years ago. It’s been a challenge to say the least. Bridezilla is not just a word they’re real…and mothers can be even worse.

I’ve dealt with problems in my other businesses. I’ve had employees from hell, demanding customers, and product problems. Bridal is worse. Add to that mix a wife who is very creative, (actually designs wedding gowns for an international company) is fantastic at purchasing beautiful gowns for the store – but has never been involved in business before – has no employee management experience – has never had to meet payroll, or accounts payable – and I’m married to her!!!

I’m committed to a couple more years, and then we’ll sell it!

As I’ve looked back over my careers, businesses, etc. I guess I’d have to say that about 2/3rds of the time I’ve been quite happy to very happy about my job.

How do the rest of you feel? Do you really love your job? Are you just marking time until the right job comes along? Are you frustrated? How do you really feel about your present employment circumstance?

19 Comments »

  1. I enjoy my job. I’m a librarian at a community college and I feel great in helping students and professors get all the information they need and desire. I’m loving my job because I’m at the forefront of the push to bring Internet2 to this community college. Internet2 is the future. My job is a 9-5 M-F with one evening a week. I get to spend a great amount of time with my family. My job is fairly stress free. I can go home and not necessarily need to go into my cave for a while to destress. I can immediately take on playing with my infant girl. Does my job pay me gazillions of dollars? No. It is enough though.

    Comment by Dan — February 7, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

  2. I started a business while I was still in school and that was the happiest time I ever spent working despite the 80 hour work weeks. The problem was that my wife hated the time commitment and so when we decided to begin our family I was ordered to cut back or sell the business. I had a standing offer at the time so I took the money and went to grad school. Now I work in finance for a very large public company and I’d describe my work primarily as doing time until I can start another business which my wife won’t let me do until all the kids are out of the house. I guess you could say I work for my wife and that where my paycheck comes from is purely ancillary.

    Comment by endlessnegotiation — February 7, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

  3. I hate my job. It’s boring, offers no career advancement opportunities, uses very little of my natural talents and provides no real challenge. I keep working here because I need money until something better comes along. Given I’ve been here six years and have applied for dozens of jobs, I am beginning to doubt I’ll ever leave.

    Comment by Kim Siever — February 7, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

  4. On the plus side, I do make more now than I ever have.

    Comment by Kim Siever — February 7, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

  5. I wouldn’t mind at all doing lab work (molecular biology/genetics) for the rest of my life, as long as I had a fair amount of control over my work and I wasn’t just following orders. I don’t have much passion for it, but I’m satisfied with it. The problem is the money. They don’t pay grad students enough to support a family. What’s worse is that the road to a career in academic science is long and it takes a long time until you do make a decent salary relative to the amount of education it requires. So when I graduate I’m probably going to take a job that I don’t like as well–either boring industry research or maybe something in patent law–so that I can own a house before my kids move out. I don’t mind, though. My daydreams are about having a house and hobbies and spending time with the family and have nothing to do with a career.

    My dad spent his whole working life doing menial work for little pay. He retired as a janitor at the age of 72. Whenever I have a job that’s less than ideal, I’ll have that to remind me that it could always be worse.

    Comment by Tom — February 7, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

  6. I came to the conclusion one day that the reason bars and alcohol (and other mood altering substances) exist and are so popular is because most people hate their job(s).

    Comment by Mark N. — February 7, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

  7. I really like my job and the people I work with. I’m a web developer for an advertising agency (I was actually about to do a job-related post, maybe I’ll hold off now). The only thing I have trouble with is my commute—at least an hour each way, usually in horrible traffic. And how late I get home—after 7:30pm.

    I’d much rather be home fulltime with the kids, though.

    Comment by Susan M — February 7, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

  8. One of the best jobs I ever had was doing sales and motivational seminars for Century 21 Real Estate in conjunction with selling Real Estate sales training materials. I got tired of the travel, motels, resturant food and the drunk realtors…but it was good.

    Comment by Don Clifton — February 7, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

  9. I’m self employed, and love it. I’m not cut out to be an employee. I was good at it, but miserable…

    Comment by Sue — February 7, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

  10. It is possible that I will quit my job of 8 years tomorrow and start my own company. I don’t hate my current job, but I’m very excited about the opportunity that I have to be my own boss.

    Comment by a random John — February 7, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

  11. I’m a flash developer. I don’t have a commute; I work from home mostly on contract work. It’s fun and I like it quite a bit; but I do miss working with people in the office. That’s the only downside, I suppose.

    Comment by Chad — February 7, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

  12. i love my job. i set my own hours, set my own pace, generally accomplish what i want when i want. oh. did i mention i’m mom to three under 3.5? heh. honestly, i DO love staying home and have no inclination to return to the work force anytime soon. this suits me SO well.

    my husband switched careers not long ago. he went from being a nuclear reactor mechanic to being a law enforcement officer. HUGE transition. he used to make loads more, but the hours and the work were just crummy. now? we sacrifice in the budget, but he comes home from work happy every. single. day. and that’s priceless. he plays cops and robbers and lives out boyhood fantasies of being a cowboy and it works for us.

    Comment by makakona — February 8, 2007 @ 12:16 am

  13. I became committed to my career choice (architect) when I was 10 years old. By that I mean I decided that’s what I wanted to do and I’ve never looked back. But architecture school does a poor job of teaching you that the most important part of that profession, as Phillip Johnson said, is the most important thing about the practice of architecture, “Get the Job.” Sales and marketing are the toughest part. After working for small and large firms for about 11 years, I finally got the opportunity to become a partner with two friends in a small firm. I hated it. All I could think about was “How do we meet the next payroll?”, or “Where is the next client?” I stopped having fun at that point. Then after losing most of my worldly possessions (no big deal!) I switched to “the other side of the table.” I now represent owners who hire architects and contractors and manage those contracts. Several different jobs since that switch have allowed me the opportunity to do things I was never able to do working in private practice. I now work a basic 40 hour week instead of the typical 60-70 hour week in private practice. I get to tell others they have to burn the midnight oil to get a project complete and I go home at the end of the day. But I also worry that I have lost my passion for the actual work of an architect because I am somewhat removed from the work. I’m far from wealthy now but my financial status is actually better now than when in private practice. And now that I work for the federal government I am anticipating a reasonable retirement. Do I love my job? No. Do I like my job? Most days. But I’m always looking for something better. Does the perfect job exist? Probably not.

    Comment by lamonte — February 8, 2007 @ 5:58 am

  14. I like being a teacher most of the time, but it varies with the school, the administration, the benefits, etc. My current school has some major morale problems. Every once in awhile I fantasize about working in front of a computer screen in my own little quiet space, not having to deal with lots and lots of adolescents (and their parents) every day, and being able to call in sick without spending an hour or two prepping for someone else to fill in for me that day. The hours are a lot longer than people realize too. A LOT longer.

    Then again, they say for frustrated actors, teaching is a great profession because you get to do a performance every day. It can be a lot of fun!

    Comment by meems — February 8, 2007 @ 6:42 am

  15. I love my job. But sometimes it really drives me up the wall. I usually work good 16-hour days, 7 days a week, always on call, never had a vacation from it or a sick day yet. I don’t get paid a darn cent, either! But all the other benefits are immeasurable. Of course I stay at home with my kids, and I have a good husband to thank who makes that possible.

    Comment by Amy — February 8, 2007 @ 7:07 am

  16. All I have to say is.. Once you have been your own boss… NO OTHER BOSS WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH.

    I used to own and run a recording studio. Doing what I loved and doing well.

    Then for some reason felt that I needed to try the Employee thing. My reason was that doing taxes and getting health insurance would be easier. Boy what was I thinking.

    Don’t get me wrong I enjoy my job and have a lot of freedom here. (I am an Account Executive for a Corporate AV company) Even though I am free to do mostly as I please as long as I perform. I have tasted of the fruit of the tree of the BYOB (Be your own Boss)

    The fruit at my current work is sweet, but I long for that delicous fruit I grew to know and Like so well.

    Comment by Ben — February 8, 2007 @ 9:25 am

  17. I am with you there Amy… my job is the best! And the great part is that no one else can do what I do but me! No one else can be my kid’s mom… but in any other job, you can easily be replaced! Not to mention the fact that Heavenly Father chose these specific children to come to me and no one else… there are a lot of great rewards to being a mom full time.

    Comment by bookwormmama — February 8, 2007 @ 9:40 am

  18. All I have to say is.. Once you have been your own boss… NO OTHER BOSS WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH.

    Ben I think Lamonte would disagree with you. SOme of us want to do the 9-5 thing and go home.

    Comment by cj douglass — February 8, 2007 @ 11:22 am

  19. I’m also with Amy. My job is the hardest one I’ve ever done, and I’ll never be finished. But I LOVE it.

    2 days ago, my husband and I added to my list of priorities. He’s pretty cute, too. :)

    Comment by cheryl — February 10, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

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