Rod at work wrote:
That is awesome, Rick. I am happy both for your wife and yourself. I've not been so fortunate.
Rod, am I remembering correctly that you are located in the UK? Maybe I have that wrong.
I don 't know what your situation is, but I'm hearing lots of folks are just walking away from good jobs. On the other hand I read that there are a rising number of involuntary terminations at the same time. I do get periodic mailings about IT jobs around here in the Midwest, but haven't paid much attention to them.
I would sure encourage you to take care of yourself first and don't get stuck in something unless there is some overriding reason for you to stay. I was fortunate that after I made my third state-to-state move with wife and family I actually had four different employers within driving distance without needing to relocate. We moved to a small town with population of about 35k people, but was unusual in that there were international headquarters for three large corportions so IT jobs were abundant.
Glassdoor says this:
"Top-rated Manufacturing companies hiring near Muscatine, IA Area include HNI with an employee rating of 3.5 out of 5, Kraft Heinz Company rated 3.4 out of 5, Bridgestone Americas with a rating of 3.7 out of 5, The HON Company with a 3.7 out of 5, and Tyson Foods rated 3.6 out of 5 by employees."
I worked for HNI Corp, Thoms-Proestler Corp, Musco Sports Lighting, and Bridgestone (Bandag, Inc.) over a period of 28 years there.
The IT departments ranged from about 7-8 people to shops exceeding 50. My wife also worked at one of the companies in the early days of corporate internet sites, being assistnt to the VP of IT (my boss) and brought them and many other companies into the internet age, eventually 'retiring' and founding her own graphic design and internet development commpany (the third company that she created).
And the same to all of you folks on SSC. Take care of yourself and your family, find the place that appreciates you and your effort. Paying it forward is good, but pay yourself too.
One of the best days of my IT career was the day I told my boss if the problem was so simple he should go fix it himself.