Six companies in six years. Most recently, I left an ok company for a really good one. Big raise, great benies, blah blah blah. I told them I had a good job but wasn't looking for a temporary thing. They were a union shop and told me they had to lay off three first year apprentices before they could cut me loose. Well, they lost two accounts and laid me off second - after the first year with a drug history and attendance problem. I was the only one with a family and the only source of income in my household! This was a family owned shop too. I was simply a guy they needed to get their summer jobs done and then I was their highest paid apprentice. There is very little loyalty out there and they expect us to be loyal? Now, on the other hand, with every job it gets a little harder to explain why I've had so many jobs. I can find a job relatively easily but not better jobs. At some point we have to settle for a few years to show stability and that we're worth hiring. Wherever I go, I gotta hang for a few years.
I think job hopping is a good thing...to a point. I did 4.5 years at the first company I worked for in the trade, then a year at a second company, and am happy now at the third. I've been exposed to a lot of different types of equipment and jobs working for different companies.
Were you with Service Retards or Sears?
I am a job hopper. Was with first job 14 years and now this one going on 15. Both great companies. Of course being a good employee makes a big difference. Not saying any of you are not good just been lucky to find 2 good non union companies with good pay and bennies. Never been laid off, knock on wood. Was a little scared when the recession hit but we seem to be pushing on.