Author Topic: When Work is Anti-Mustachian  (Read 2523 times)

HildaCorners

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When Work is Anti-Mustachian
« on: September 22, 2017, 09:00:26 PM »
My current gig is coding web articles for a large financial institution. Pays well, the people are nice, I take public transit when I'm not working at home, and I can think of far worse ways to build the stash.

But some of the things I'm coding are the ultimate in anti-mustachianism. The one that leads me to post is titled something like "Do you need $1 million to retire?" As you can imagine, the article says you'll need a lot more, and that you need to use the company's tools to figure out exactly how many millions you need.

I viewed it as a comedy piece, as I'll be able to go FI on a stash of about $600k.

Of course, if you have an account with my employer, you'll need at least a million ... to cover their fees! [They don't offer employee discounts on investment accounts, either. My boss told me that, and suggested I invest elsewhere.]

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Re: When Work is Anti-Mustachian
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2017, 01:48:53 PM »
What does "coding web articles" mean?  As a software engineer, primarily a full stack web developer I'm confused.  Also curious who your employer is but I understand if you don't want to answer that. 


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Re: When Work is Anti-Mustachian
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2017, 02:12:39 PM »
The question is whether you care about what you publish on the webside, even though the ideas are not yours. If you have moral problems with it, find another job. If not, stay and cash in the money they pay you.

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Re: When Work is Anti-Mustachian
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2017, 08:56:17 AM »
"Coding web articles" is more a description of what I do rather than my job title. The title is "Contact Programmer 1", and I'm a front end developer. I take mock-ups of web pages and turn them into HTML & CSS files to be put into the ginormous, byzantine web management system we use. In my mind, this is not programming, which is why I call it coding. [I occasionally do a bit of design work, which is where my heart lies ... UX Developer would be my ideal job title.]

The job kind of dropped in my lap. It's not perfect, but amazingly good for a self-trained web designer who was out of the job market for 20 years.

As far as the ethics go, the stuff my company publishes is very standard lightweight investing advice. Nothing objectionable, more amusing.

For example ... my company has two different retirement calculators. They're actually pretty good, factoring in things like anticipated spending levels, age when planning to collect Social Security, etc. However ... they will not let you set your spending rate at less than 50% of your current income! 50% is excellent for the average Consumer Sucka, but the entire calculator is useless for a well-paid Mustachian.