During my tenure as the Commanding Officer of the Navy’s defensive cyberspace operations team, I distinctly remember an exit interview with a civilian teammate. He sat across from me and proudly stated that though he loved our team, he was ready to leave and willing to take a pay cut for the opportunity ahead of him (note: he wasn’t taking a pay cut, but he was willing to).
He enjoyed his teammates, he told me, appreciated his leadership, was motivated by our mission, and felt appropriately compensated. Given that dissatisfaction - and not satisfaction - with any one of those job aspects usually serves as reason people decide to look elsewhere for employment, I was perplexed.
My departing teammate went on to explain: “I am a geek. I love technology. I want to be on a team that uses the latest and greatest hardware and software. I want to be able to connect with the outside world from my desktop.