Thursday, March 7, 2013

Why Payscale Has Not Proven Chemists Hate Their Boss

Thanks to a tweet from Hajime, I see that Payscale is saying that chemists "hate" their boss the most out of all the different surveyed professions:

And if you look in their methodology:
% Who Hate Their Boss: This is the proportion of respondents in a given category that chose "Boss" in response to the question, "If you could change one thing about your current work situation, what would it be?"
Count me less than convinced that this is an accurate measurement.  


  1. I wonder if the fairly low median pay suggests that a large portion surveyed are still in graduate school.

    Though even outside of graduate school, there are a lot of technical people promoted to manager due to their technical rather than managerial skill.

  2. I think if your assumption was mostly correct, the High Stress part would be higher than that of Bakers.

    1. A friend of mine is a baker. She works like a dog trying to keep her family bakery above water. In fact, I can't think of any chemist I know who works that hard, and certainly not for the relative peanuts she clears.

  3. I don't know... My wife's a dental hygienist and we both love complaining about our bosses!

  4. Think about it this way your boss is likely to be an "Analytical chemist" (stereotype think micro-management, poor people skills) or some non-technical type who neither knows or really cares about your work (just want results faster and in larger numbers).

  5. OMG, this is painfully true for me. My current and former boss are both supreme a**holes of the highest order. Like ridiculously so. Another function here is age, I feel. Since the market is so saturated with phd's, business decision-makers automatically think that the oldest, most experienced candidate for manager is the best-- forgetting that the oldest one is also hard-of-hearing, prone to dementia, and is just plain over the hill.