What's good and bad about your job?

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26/03/2012 at 09:28
Good, 7 weeks annual leave a year
Bad, dealing with people.
26/03/2012 at 09:32
Good: I'm autonomous
Bad: the woman I sit next to reads aloud and is moody.
26/03/2012 at 09:34

Good - I'm self-employed so more or less choose my hours and i get to work for different companies.

Bad - I don't get paid holiday or sick

26/03/2012 at 09:51


I'm mostly left alone to get on with my work
Sharing an office with a nice colleague
Very easy-going bosses
Seven weeks+ holiday a year


Moving to an open-plan office soon  
That's going to impact on my foruming!

26/03/2012 at 10:16


- Relatively relaxed atmosphere to hours/breaks/internet
- 30 days holiday


- Working with california means i can rarely leave early
- Boss is unpredictable
- Little responsibility

26/03/2012 at 10:22


  • The massive salary
  • the company Ferrari
  • the super model look alike secretary


  • The padded walls
  • crayons rather than biro
  • the funny pills I get with my coffee
26/03/2012 at 12:38

The people
Office being a mile from home
Flexible hours - coffee, cake and chat with friends over a leisurely lunchtime

Have been going through redundancies since last October, still got months of it to go.
Waiting to hear about my voluntary redundancy application has been accepted, all current applications have been put on hold fpr several weeks, so that if offered one of the two jobs I've had interviews for then I can take one of them up with a nice little redundancy nest egg.

26/03/2012 at 12:45
Good: the pay; working from home

Bad: that whole "work" expectation
26/03/2012 at 12:47

good - 4am starts

bad - 4am starts

26/03/2012 at 13:02
Good - people I work with
very flexible - part time and I can turn down work if I want, fits in with having kids.
working with kids (mostly good anyway)
fairly autonomous

Bad - pay - though I wouldn't say it's worth more
- dependent on what work there is so can be very little work at times
- no intellectual stimulation or real sense of achievement - more of a pleasant way to fill the day and get paid for it.
26/03/2012 at 13:21
Spending time with my kids
Being able to enjoy the sunshine on a day like today
I can pretty much decide what I want to do

No time off
Little conversation
No pay
Hubby expects me to be able to fit everything in, including dealing with his stuff
26/03/2012 at 15:50


  • Hours are pretty flexible - it's more about getting stuff doen than beig there 9-5
  • Intellecually stimulating
  • Reasonably well paid (well it's better paid than what I've done before)
  • Potential to travel to conferences
  • Dealing with people


  • Within this field people often end up working longer hours than they're contracted and due to flexibility this isn't monitored - it's just expected.
  • High performance expectations 
  • People can be a pain to deal with! 
  • Bureaucracy
  • Short term contract 
26/03/2012 at 16:09
Life has changed since the last time I did this and instead of working for a government agency and all the bureaucracy that goes with it I'm a foster mum so here goes:


Watching a child from a very abused background adjust and grow and learn to trust people and enjoy simple things.
Being able to enjoy the sunshine on a day like today.
I can pretty much decide what I want to do when there are no official meetings to attend.


Social workers take ages to do anything - almost a year and the passport forms still haven't been completed!
Social services wanting children to be 'normal' then putting in 'procedures' that prevent that happening.
Lots of daily form filling!

Overall lots more good than bad though
26/03/2012 at 16:17


  • location of office, 1.5 miles from home


  • everything else

But not long now...

Kryten    pirate
26/03/2012 at 16:19


After 14 years, they have just made me redundant.


After 14 years, they have just made me redundant. Hooray!
26/03/2012 at 16:28


bad: I don't have one

good: I don't have one!

26/03/2012 at 16:34


 - Dealing with people

 - 35 days annual leave (plus Bank Holidays)

 - a decent pension (for the time being anyway)

 - some early starts, 06:00, which also mean leaving by 14:30 (but not enough of them)

- showers in changing rooms, & lots of towels for when i run there

- staff discount in the canteen (& half-decent food in it! nowadays)

 - lots of lovely young ladies in Nurses uniforms

 - free Physio advice!

 - if you're ill at work, you generally get to see the Consultant, or Registrar
(a few years ago, I had my nose broken by a patient. The A&E Consultant initially dealt with me, then got on the phone for the ENT Consultant to attend, & a Consultant Radiologist to report the films!!)


 - dealing with 'scrotes' (young/old, male/female)

- crap pay

 - too many layers of management (but hey!!, it's the NHS)

- paying for a parking permit (for the odd days that I go in car) with no guarantee of a space

 - too many afternoon shifts

 - lots of crap shift start times (07:30, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00)

Edited: 26/03/2012 at 16:35
26/03/2012 at 19:44


  • Hours are pretty flexible
  • Intellecually stimulating
  • Pay
  • Travel
  • Dealing with people
  • Colleagues respect me
  • Good pension
  • Good holiday allowance


  • Managing staff
  • People can be a pain to deal with! 
  • Bureaucracy
  • Some policy changes made by govt have adverse effect on our work but we have to pretend it's progress.... until they change it back again. There's a cycle (bit like fashion) and every change is a waste of money and time. It's decreed from a govt office in London with no thought for a different environment (rural) and different financial climate. Much better to allow local decision
26/03/2012 at 20:20

I'm not working now but for my last job:


  • My second line manager
  • Contributing towards saving the lives of sick children
  • NHS pay, terms and conditions.


  • NHS politics and policies that ensured that the system was equally unfair to everyone
  • My first line manager
  • The amount of dead wood in the department that I had to carry.
26/03/2012 at 20:36

working 4 days a week


7.30am start

no work when we have a stocktake
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