Has anyone changed their career for better health?

Google gn
May 9 30 Comments

Long commutes, stressors (cortisol), and general inactivity within an office setting has taken its toll on my body.

I'm wondering if doing physical labor would improve one's health. Has anyone here made that type of leap?

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  • Dropbox fixer17
    If they did, I have a sneaking suspicion they just might not be on blind anymore.
    May 9 1
    • Google gn
      OP
      I thought about that as I was making this post. I hope to at least capture those who have transferred to other departments.
      May 9
  • Uber GhPw30
    Have you considered leaving Google? It’s an extremely stressful place to work.
    May 9 7
    • Uber GhPw30
      Uber is less stressful IME. Google is actually quite an unpleasant place to work. Don’t believe the myths.
      May 9
    • Can you provide details? We would like to know more why you call it unpleasant.
      May 9
    • Can you please expand upon that? I was also under the impression that it's rest and vest
      May 9
    • Uber GhPw30
      I’m not going to share any personal anecdotes. But I will divulge that Google does have stack ranking. At least, they did while I was there.

      My point is that Google isn’t as great as people think, and if you’re not happy there, you should consider working elsewhere. Don’t assume that the problem is with you. And don’t conclude that you’ll never be happy in tech, just because Google wasn’t a great fit.
      May 9
    • Apple iCould
      +1 to Uber's response. Google wlb really varies. And usually good wlb means slow promo and boring work, aka shuffling protobufs
      May 9
  • I switched my job, if that counts. It really helped. My happiness quotient shot up.
    May 9 6
    • 1. Laid back culture (not super competitive, the talent was average and only the really poor performers got piped)

      2. Management valued it's employees so action was taken to work on complaints of the employees. It was not a "just get things done by any means, we only care about revenue" culture. It was a more "we are a team" culture.

      3. Better work life balance. Many senior folks were middle aged people with kids. Employees' health, both physical and mental, was valued. Everyone was encouraged to leave on time.

      Downsides - slow organization, changes took time, not great compensation, slow growth.

      Overall, my happiness quotient went higher.
      May 9
    • New / Other
      arceus2

      New Other

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      Trying to catch em all.
      arceus2more
      What company is this?? Sounds like a great place. I'm happy you found it.
      May 9
    • Non-tech
      May 9
    • Facebook fullname
      Did you used to work at FB? I can understand your username if you did. Wlb sucks here.
      May 9
    • Haha there is absolutely no connection between my username and my job. And fb is actually a tech organization.
      May 10
  • Chase onlypjay
    During lunch time, go-to gym, spend 30-40 mins, and take some steam bath, shower and then come back to work energized
    May 9 5
    • New / Other
      arceus2

      New Other

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      Trying to catch em all.
      arceus2more
      What about lunch
      May 9
    • Chase onlypjay
      Do it on the desk in 5-10 mins, and have protein shake,
      May 9
    • New / Other
      arceus2

      New Other

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      Trying to catch em all.
      arceus2more
      Or Soylent
      May 9
    • Chase onlypjay
      Eat well, and exercise at least 3-4 days from busy time, you will not feel this way.
      May 9
    • Chase onlypjay
      You can only be effective 3-5 hrs in a day at max. Why not use your prime time for yourself as well
      May 9
  • DemonWare / Eng checkedd
    Not exactly career but moved from a top employer to a smaller lesser known company. The work is still very interesting though there is far less pressure and a much better work life balance.

    I get to play and spend more time with kids along with other physical activities, one sport every now and then.

    It has done wonders.

    The only downside is that there isn't huge RSU and TC rat race but that means no stock though a perf based bonus is still there
    May 9 0
  • New / Eng
    gerhardt

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    gerhardtmore
    I quit my job and even change fields (from mechanical engineer to software engineer). Not only do I like my job more I also get paid better
    May 9 4
    • How did you do it?
      May 10
    • New / Eng
      gerhardt

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      gerhardtmore
      Just do it?
      May 11
    • Huh
      May 11
    • New / Eng
      gerhardt

      New Eng

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      Accenture
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      gerhardtmore
      I learned how to code and dared to make the jump by supplying for a Software Developer Position.
      May 11
  • New OzFSE
    Yes. Job before this was a toxic nightmare. So glad I left.
    May 9 0