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I’ve always been intrigued by people who stay at a company for 15+ years after college/ few years out. What have you heard that has made them stay? Is it culture, project, people, what specifically?

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Complete and utter fear of change

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I think it’s luck of the draw, some people at accenture get on the right projects with amazing managers who constantly recognize and push them to get promoted- most people don’t get such perks

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lol that runs everywhere

Comfort, perks

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It's me - I'm that person. Mostly people, have moved within the company (Accenture) a half dozen times over the years. Had offers that were attractive comp or attractive work but rarely both at the same time. AMA

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Thank you for taking the time to share your answer! Very interesting to read and see the different perspective.

A job I’m good at, the track record and history to be trusted on how I do that job and the autonomy that comes with that trust. The benefits I care about. The belief that my career/work is how I pay bills, support my life not my overriding motivation in my life (not judging others, just not what drives me). Working with people I like and respect for long chunks of the time. I’ve been at the highest level of job responsibility I ever want to be at for more than a decade—I’d hate, and wouldn’t survive in, an Up or Out culture.

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Oh, and I don’t fear change. My job involving is all about change, no day is the same as the last and there is no way to accurately predict what tomorrow will be like. I do, however, lack the desire/motivation to change employers for the sake of changing.

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Going into my 15th year, but looking to exit soon. I’ve stayed this long waiting for better opportunities within the firm but somehow time flew by and just got hit on the head that it’s time to move on.

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Depends on the project. Changes in leadership kinda made the projects exciting at first...

People look for what’s best in their situation. If you’re in a company where you continue to grow in skills and responsibilities, are rewarded well, and appreciated for your contributions, there is little benefit to look elsewhere and starting over. I’ve been surprised at the number of boomerangs I’ve seen in the last 5 years. On the other hand, if your employer is not why you’re looking for, you need to find something else.

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Fear of uncertainty. Truly sad because loyalty is rarely rewarded in our industry. I think the right call is to move every 3-5 years max. More exposure and money for sure. Context: did 2 and half years at Deloitte and now make 1.6x my Deloitte salary from the move.

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In industry at least, if you’re lucky enough to both be successful in your role and have support/mentorship from key leaders, you can have a fulfilling career spanning 10+ years without having to change companies. Usually is paired with good alignment with personal life, such as having a family. While most of my training class (from industry) has moved on, a few individuals who lined everything up are now quite senior and successful.

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Overspecialization I've talked to people in old school aerospace companies working on some legacy mainframe in Fortran who feel that way.

A one year severance package that is now at 250k

I had almost 8 years with the same company right out of undergrad, starting as an intern. The opportunities and continuous learning was fantastic, which led to even better opportunities by exiting.

SO needs to be in the area for a more lucrative job and lack of other opportunities for you in the city keep you in the same place

I'm hoping to stay that long. I love the culture, the pay and benefits are decent, I am recognized for the good work I do, and I love the actual stuff I do. I would only leave if any of those things stop, or if I have a problem getting staffed on a project, since I am somewhat specialized.

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