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Most Tech Professionals Are Happy Campers, Survey Says

But money could make them walk, and work-life balance could be better

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Most Tech Professionals Are Happy Campers, Survey Says

Most tech professionals today really like where they live, are okay with the cost of housing, and are impressed with local schools. However, they feel that commutes can be problematic, and that human resources teams are clueless when it comes to how work-life balance efforts are going. That’s the gist of a survey of tech professionals across the United States released today by DICE, a tech jobs site. 

Here are a few of the numbers. Fifty-eight percent of tech professionals are extremely happy or very happy with where they live, and only 34 percent think housing is too expensive. That changes when major tech hubs are separated from less tech-centric areas; only 12 percent of tech employees in major tech cities say there’s enough housing available, and 46 percent of tech professionals in those cities think housing is too expensive. Nearly half of tech professionals in tech hubs say traffic is a problem. Outside those areas, only 32 percent consider traffic an issue.

Although most of the tech professionals surveyed liked their home communities, they don’t have deep roots. If offered more pay, 59 percent of respondents would move.

As for benefits, what 75 percent of those surveyed really want is true work-life balance, and nearly half of the respondents say they aren’t getting that. The study indicated that HR professionals may be missing the boat on this one—67 percent think that perks such as company shuttles that help with commuting are enough to make employees happy with their current work-life balance.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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