Where should I work, for good work-life balance in the Bay Area? University? Government?
Thinking about having a baby soon, but consulting doesn't seem to fit this well.
- Palo Alto Networks / EngOlCI53moreIf you are planning to start a family run away from consulting. Most public companies (lets exclude apple and teals from that list) have decent work life balance. I don't know your skill set but you might consider Cisco or juniper. You won't get rich but you will have a sane life and a paycheck. But it's up to you to keep your life sane. If you're the type to say yes to every manager that swings by you will be no better off than a startup job. Learn how to say no.
- Exponential / OtherCiXN27moreGovernment for sure. Less than 40 hour weeks, often only 15-25 real hours of work/week and relaxed atmosphere. Doesnt pay well but has excellent benefits, vacation, medical care plans, and pension.
Someone competent like you would breeze through the ranks to a decent salary with plenty of kids time. Many friends I know made the jump.
- New / EngsEQp27I worked in city government for a while and hated it, too slow. I work at a Bay Area hospital now, and it's much better. Better pay, better and cheaper health benefits, almost as good retirement plans and still quality work-life balance. Still have the occasional 10-hour day, but have just as many, if not more, six-hour days.