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      11-15-2021, 08:00 AM   #1
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Afternoon all,

In another thread it was asked how much we all earn; it was postulated that we must be on /$99k+ to be able to afford one of these things.

I think that's a bit crass, sorry.

I'd far rather know, and talk about, what we all do for a living. This is much more interesting to me as we're from all over the world but are yet all connected by our ownership, love, hate, passion... of a BMW.

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  • How long you've worked there
  • Number of direct reports maybe
  • Rough location in the world
  • What you like about it (what does a good day look like)
  • What's your insider industry secret!
  • What you drive!!

Lastly, I don't give two figs how much you earn.

How does that sound?
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Afternoon all,

In another thread it was asked how much we all earn; it was postulated that we must be on £/$99k+ to be able to afford one of these things.

I think that's a bit crass, sorry.

I'd far rather know, and talk about, what we all do for a living. This is much more interesting to me as we're from all over the world but are yet all connected by our ownership, love, hate, passion... of a BMW.

I'm thinking:
  • Sector/industry
  • Company size
  • How long you've worked there
  • Number of direct reports maybe
  • Rough location in the world
  • What you like about it (what does a good day look like)
  • What's your insider industry secret!
  • What you drive!!

Lastly, I don't give two figs how much you earn.

How does that sound?
Sounds horrible that you'd start a thread that's potential phishing/gossip and not start with yourself.
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      11-15-2021, 08:47 AM   #3
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Sounds horrible that you'd start a thread that's potential phishing/gossip and not start with yourself.
Yeah, ok fair point.

Please don't post anything personally identifiable. Keep it all vague. No company names, no job titles, no pet names, no dates of birth, no names, no addresses, no ages.

Or do post all that stuff, I don't care.

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I run a technology business 70 miles from London in the UK. We have less than 50 people working for us. Been there 20 years.

It's a great job, we provide IT services to loads of UK and European companies and I love getting out to meet new people.

Seeing how different companies use tech is great and keeps the job interesting.

Industry secret: The number of customers and end users that ignore basic IT advice, basic IT security advice, is shocking... like posting personally identifiable information on public chat forums.

I drive a G11 745e that I got a few weeks back, carbon black. Pics in the 7-series forum.

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      11-15-2021, 09:48 AM   #4
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      11-15-2021, 10:40 AM   #5
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I definitely like this thread way better than the "how much do you earn" one !

I live just outside of Toronto, ON - I work in IT Operations in a company which supports financial systems - roughly a size of about 150 people. Great place to work and a good work life balance even before the pandemic hit

Industry secret : Never use your debit cards in a unbranded ATM - 90% of the time there is a chance of a pin phishing event. And more often than not - the data is circulated before you've even left the door.

I'm driving a E90 335i at the moment - patiently waiting for the 2022/23 M340i LCI update to replace the old trusted 335i. I've almost pulled the trigger on the 2022 M340i but with the part shortage and no immediate need to replace my car - I'm banking on waiting it out till next year and see where we are with options when the LCI update comes out before pulling the trigger.

My wife has a 2021 X5 which she loves. Had several BMWs and Acuras over the years - never really moved away from these two brands.
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      11-15-2021, 12:06 PM   #6
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Another person in the IT field here, but I work for a Manufacturing company. I manage a group of 12 full time employees in a DevOps setting. I also manage a rotating group of contractors depending on the need. I work with the larger corporate IT group to keep everything aligned.

The company is large, with over 10K employees, and international. The group I work with is based in the US. We make complex components that get integrated into other products that range from Space to Farms.

Being IT in the manufacturing world is an interesting mix. You get to bring innovate solutions to the business. You are also seen strictly as overhead, which means showing value is a challenge during cost savings time.

I am driving my first BMW, a new X3 M40i.
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      11-16-2021, 08:38 AM   #8
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Sure, i'll play too.

Another tech guy here. Working on the design side of the house at a company focused on building development and devops tools for enterprise software.

Company is ~1500-1600 employees and is a fully distributed workforce across the globe. Actually starting here in a few weeks so I can't speak to how I like it just yet but I've been in the design/tech industry for ~13yrs now.

I've managed design teams of varying sizes - as many as 14, and at this next job i'll be more of a player-coach and have 2 designers. Super excited about it though; small teams are great.

Design/tech industry is great in general as long as you're in the area you want to be in. So many spaces you can specialize and focus in, and also the environment/culture of the company really dictates how things will go for you. I primarily work in enterprise/corporate environments.

Currently in a '15 M4 and also have a little '91 Miata that I putt around in when it strikes my fancy.
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  • Sector/industry: Medical Devices - I specifically work in supply chain network strategy
  • Company size: 105k employees
  • How long you've worked there: 6 months
  • Number of direct reports maybe: 2
  • Rough location in the world: Midwest
  • What you like about it (what does a good day look like): It's a remote job, have a great team
  • What's your insider industry secret!: Supply chain is a shitshow right now (not a secret I know)
  • What you drive!! 2020 G20 M340i; 2020 G05 X5 40i

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[*]How long you've worked there - 15 years as an engineer this particular company 2 years
[*]Number of direct reports maybe - 4
[*]Rough location in the world - Colorado and Florida USA
[*]What you like about it (what does a good day look like) - Interesting and pays the bills
[*]What's your insider industry secret! - Automation baby!
[*]What you drive!! - '18 M2, '06 Ram 3500, '99 LS400, '99 Jeep wrangler, '03 S10, '16 Acura RDX, '06 Hayabusa
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Okay for Sh1ts and giggles - lets play.

Sector/industry - Mobile Networks Technical design and deployment - Wireless / Telecommunications
Company size - Gert Big (Global Swedish company who at one point made phones)
How long you've worked there - Too long
Number of direct reports - Other than my contractors, none.
Rough location in the world - UK
What you like about it (what does a good day look like) 7am start a conference call, 6pm finish one. Most of my day is spent ensuring the f@ck up fairy doesn't come - 5G won't build itself you know!
What's your insider industry secret! - The allegations against Huawei where never proven to be true or in fact even possible. You can't "hack" a digital network with multiple layers of encryption, even if it looks easy on CSI Miami
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What you like about it (what does a good day look like) Good work environment and constantly challenging.
What's your insider industry secret! - Never underestimate an engineer....or a pretengineer.
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What you like about it (what does a good day look like) Working in the world of make believe. Different environments every day. Could be in the Alps on Monday and on a StarShip on Friday.
What's your insider industry secret! Always buy from a Fleet/ISM Manager
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I'm a tattoo artist, and owner of a tattoo studio.

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3 years I've owned my own studio, 9 years I co owned a studio, and I've been tattooing 20 years.

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Great Lakes region of the US

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I do what I want. In every aspect. I work when I want, I tattoo what I want, I charge what I want. Every day is great when you do what you always wanted to do, and it was everything you thought it would be. I am a lucky, lucky guy.

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Pick the artist you want after doing your research, tell them what you want, and let them draw it how they want to. The secret to getting a good tattoo.

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Number of direct reports: 48
Rough location in the world: Southwest USA
What you like about it: I manage people, processes, and applications - no two days are the same, and I have an amazing team.
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