Poll Of The Week #3: When looking for a job, what’s MOST important to you?

by Rich DeMatteo on August 3, 2009 · 0 comments

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Thanks to those for voting in this weeks poll!  Here are the results:

  • First Place:  42% Flexible Work Schedules/Company Culture
  • Second Place: 25%  Competitive Benefit Package
  • Third Place: 17% Competitive Salary
  • Tie for Fourth Place: 8% Short Commute and Financially Stable Company

Todays worker wants more than just a nice salary, and organizations are rapidly catching on to that fact.  Google is quite arguably the most desirable and most popular technical company to work for.  While it’s global, house hold name certainly keeps their recruiters happy, Googles innovative offices and company culture create one of the strongest word of mouth recruiting campaigns.  Did you know that some Google offices have an indoor bike lane for employers?  For some pictures of “everyday life at Google” CLICK HERE. Ok, so maybe this sort of office environment is not for every company or industry, but they back it up by providing a very competitive benefit package.  Their benefit packages include everything you’d expect from a giant like Google, but once you get through the basics, take a look at the “beyond the basics” and “way beyond the basics” benefits categories.   CLICK HERE to view the glorious benefits of working at Google.  If you didn’t click on the link, I strongly suggest you do right away.  It’s an eye opener, and maybe depressing depending on the status of the benefits your receiving.

Now just a quick comment on our two last place categories to wrap this up.  Job seekers will happily accept positions that have more than average commute times if the offering company is one with a culture/environment that meets their needs, as well as offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  With this in mind, it’s easy to see why “Short Commute” only scored an 8% in the poll.  However, I was surprised to see “Financially Stable Company” drop down to 8%, considering the state of our current economy.  Maybe once you’ve been burned, you’ll change your mind.

Thanks again to those for voting.  Have a nice week corn heads.

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