[SASAG] Are you exempt?
jeffsilverm at gmail.com
Sun Jan 16 18:19:57 PST 2011
On 01/16/2011 05:51 PM, tallpaul at speakeasy.net wrote:
> I'm conducting an informal survey:
> * Are you classified as exempt (from having to be paid overtime)
> by your employer?
> Your title would also be of interest to me, as well as how you are
> compensated (if at all) for being on call.
> My only experience in WA state thus far has been at UW and my current
> employer. My recollection from UW (a state institution after all) is
> that many (most?) System and Network Administrators are titled "Sr.
> Specialist" and are classified as exempt.
When I was at the UW, I was titled Sr. Computer Specialist and a number
(2? 3? I forget). I was salaried exempt, and I didn't care because I
was having so much fun.
When I was at Real Networks the first time, I was a temp so I got paid
overtime. When I was at Real Networks the second time, I was salaried
exempt. I would get calls at 2 in the morning (while I was on call, I
slept with a laptop) and that was a drag. Definitely not as much fun as
working at the UW.
Now I am at F5 networks. My job title is "Network Support Engineer" and
I am hourly. Not as much fun as Real Networks, definitely not as much
fun as the UW, but I am paid a lot better and I have as much job
security as anybody in this business can have these days.
The reason why I am discussing fun as that I notice that people will do
useful things for free if they are having fun doing it (Consider Boy
Scouts and Girl Scouts). I am not having as much fun doing what I am
doing now as I did at my previous jobs. But in today's market, if you
have a job, that's a Good Thing. While money will not buy happiness,
lack of money makes it hard to be happy.
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