Anyone have company loyalty anymore?
Over lunch I heard a few guys at the table next to mine talk about how they weren't hiring one guys because his resume showed consistently that he changed jobs every 2-3 years over the last 4 jobs.
I briefly spoke with them about it and gave a mild view from my end being 27 and only about 6 years into the post college workplace. I couldn't speak for the guy they rejected, however I told them that I had little loyalty to almost any company which is partly why I remain as a contractor. The company is at ease hiring me and letting me know when my project is to end, at the same time I get the bonus of having a higher pay than a full timer. If my company burns to the ground tomorrow, I shrug, say 'oh well', and go to the next contract.
This is probably nothing new, but I see companies heading towards outsourcing, contract workers, consultants, force early retirement, etc... It's fine that companies go that route, but in my opinion it then causes lower loyalty and sometimes morale in those very same places. Why would I hang around at a company for 10, 20, or 30 years, when they'll still push me out the door just like anyone else at any point? This doesn't apply to all companies. I've heard a fair amount of good things about places like CDW and other top companies. Maybe it's because these guys were older and this is how things were?