ooooh what a subject! It has taken me a while to find a job that I like, and even though I'm still somewhat of a peon it's challenging and fun most of the time. We earn our time off 8.6 hrs each month we work, so that roughly translates to 2 2/3 wks with the "personal day" freebie they give... same thing with sick time.
I've had jobs that made me get a stress headache when I pulled into the parking lot. I'd sit in the car for a minute staring at the building not wanting to go in, but I trudged along. Most of my jobs have included heavy phone work such as answering customer service lines... thankless, hard work and they pay the least. There's nothing quite like being chewed a new one from someone having a bad day a couple thousand miles away, or someone just completely looney, and having to bear it without so much as an off word all in the name of good customer service.
My current job started that way but thankfully I was promoted away from that stupid phone line in just over a year. Thank god because I was about to lose it. Now I sit quietly, check the team's work, and do my own work (which can be a little like being a private investigator at times, so it's fun)... and take maybe five phone calls a day, at best
I have the best of both worlds; I basically do the same job as the rest of the team but don't have to answer the phone, and I have authority of a supervisor without having to supervise anyone directly. They consider the position somewhat of a "supervisor in training"... but I'd much rather pass up any supervisor job to keep this cushy one!
Oh yes, pay... I work for State government, so while I got a nice starting salary I get measly little raises whenever they see fit to budget for it. I lucked out, and got two promotions inside of two years so I'm making good money anyway... but I don't see it going up much.