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Excluding the (not tech related) temping I did during school/after graduation my entire professional career's been with my current employer; I'm coming up on my 9th anniversary here. We're a contractor so I haven't worked on just one thing my entire time; but the rapid turn over of many contracts combined with our biggest customer (the US Govt) being on an austerity kick the last few years things are rather shaky at present although I think my current safety window is longer than it's been for a while.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
I have been in the dev businness for around 15 years, and the count goes: 1 company only.
However, that company went through a bit more than half a dozen names thanks to various merging and acquisition: eXplora, Usweb, Usweb/CKS, marchFirst (ah those wild years 2000/2001), Unilog, Logica and now CGI....
I started in the UK, and lived there for 5 years and came back to my home country 10 years ago without resigning (I resigned in the UK to work for the same company but in a french branch).
I'm currently serving my notice period, I'm moving on and will start working for a new employer who is not a ITS company.
This is an interesting question.
30yrs, 10 Companies, but very skewed.
4 of them were "short" (in months) because the match was not good, or it was an internship.
[I was hired to do OS/2 programming, but they cancelled that and put me in a mainframe group, LOL.
This is just over 14months total time for all 4 of them. Once company hired me, and then merged
with another company my first week on the job. I think it was rude of them to offer me the position,
but the manager who hired me had no idea it was happening.]
So that leaves 6 companies in reality, in roughly 28 years, which feels more appropriate.
I tend to stick around a few years.
3 of the 6 companies are no longer around (one is dying slowly, having laid everyone but the owner off)
Company 1 (WordPerfect) merged with Company 2 (Novell) in 1994.
Company 2 sold off my part of what it obtained from Company 1 to Company 3 (Corel) in 1996.
Left Company 3 later in 1996 to join Company 4 (Mirror Software).
Company 4 went into receivership in 1999, layed off all employees, and sold all IP to Company 4a Canfield Scientific.
Returned to Company 2 in 1999.
Left Company 2 (this time on my own terms) in 2009 to join Company 5 (IDENTiTY AUTOMATiON) where I remain.
The product I developed at Companies 1, 2 (the first time around) & 3 (WordPerfect) is still sold by Company 3 18 years later, largely unchanged from when I left it and I believe is responsible for the bulk of that company's revenue.
The product I developed at Company 4 is still being sold largely unchanged by Company 4a.
The product I developed at Company 2 the second time around (Novell Identity Manager) is still being sold by NetIQ, a subsidiary of the Attachmate Group which acquired Novell after I left, and is responsible for a large portion of NetIQ's revenue.
Company 5 is thriving and growing selling products I continue to develop.
I got laid off from Novell just before the merger fiasco began--it still amazes me that regardless of the friendship between Noorda and Ashton, Novell paid $1.1 billion for a company arguably worth no more than a third of that. My youngest brother went through the WordPerfect/Novell/Corel thing.
One folded the branch I worked at after 4 years (I was picked up by the sub-contractor),
I left that sub a couple years later out of boredom after programming myself out of a job,
Another (non-profit) paid ludicrous wages for 9 months then could no longer afford me,
Lastly my current position...
All still exist and the current corp is a goliath that will "never" die, going on 7 years working for them. I do get (small) raises yearly and the pay/work/commute/people combo is hard to beat so I am grateful. I must upgrade my skills though, it is easier to get complacent when doing the same job for an extended period, hard to leave when that job is awesome. I may move to the white hot cyber security realm from my web development background...if I can just motivate myself to study/work after a long workday ends...*sigh*
Over 40 years of programming professionally, I've worked for 9 other companies besides my current position.
I should have had my head examined for staying at one company for 17 years before being downsized, but it was a steady paycheck despite management problems.
Of those 9, only 1 still exists (2 if you count being purchased by another company).
One company announced bankruptcy the day after my last (I had quit), so I guess they rightly concluded they could not continue without me. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. They were a very large company and I was quite surprised when I heard the news.
One, in particular, all ex-employees are particularly bitter about. We had thought we had a winning combination of products and talent, but management drove us into the ground. They thought they could do no wrong and stopped paying attention to what they were doing and partied it up.
Psychosis at 10
Film at 11
Those who do not remember the past, are doomed to repeat it.
Those who do not remember the past, cannot build upon it.
Well i was working on a User Input Dialogue and nearly finished it after 2 hours of trying and designing it in visual Studio when suddenly the doubleclick on this form happend and i intuitively clicked on undo...
Yep i didn't save anything in that time and undoing designerchanges is permanently
2 hours of work done to it again
if(this.signature != "")
MessageBox.Show("This is my signature: " + Environment.NewLine + signature);
MessageBox.Show("404-Signature not found");
things that worked on friday, won´t "pass" monday...
when things go mad....
ok, after a short period/time of thinking of negative "Impacts", i must confess, the check in/check out experience is much worse..
(sry for my bad english, i had son glasses of gin beer...)
Only two hours? Now you know what to do you'll have it re-made a lot faster.
I once reverted code I had been working on for over a day. Of course I saved my work every few minutes, but source control can do that sort of stuff.
Needless to say I wasn't to happy about it. A few hours later and I was back where I left off.
Indeed - I'm fibbling too much with the keys today. The alcohol level in my blood seems to be too low. Now it's back where it belongs!
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous ----- The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 ----- I'd just like a chance to prove that money can't make me happy. Me, all the time