Two careers, one employer: Couples working for the same corporation

Phyllis Moen, Stephen Sweet

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Advances in career development research require scholars to move from analysis of the career paths of individuals to a life course approach to the interlocking career paths of couples. Increasingly, not only are U.S. workers married to other workers, but significant numbers of couples work for the same employer. Drawing on a subsample of employees in dual-earner households in five corporations in upstate New York (and their spouses), this study examines both the direct and indirect effects of being a coworker on career development, work circumstances, and spillover. Being part of a coworking couple positively predicts men's job prestige, tenure, and commitment to work (in terms of working long hours, heavy workload, etc.). These effects, as well as spillover, are most pronounced for younger men without children. For wives, coworking corresponds with increased income and increased spillover between work and family, especially for younger coworking women without children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-483
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Sloan FDN 96-6-9 and 99-6-23), the National Institute on Aging (2 P50 AG11711-06 and P50 AG11711-01), Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where Phyllis Moen served as a fellow, 2000–2001. The authors thank Shinok Lee, David McDermitt, Kristi Campbell, Wipas Wimonsate, Robert Orrange, Jungmeen Kim, Kristine Altucher, Noelle Chesley, Emma Dentinger, Heather Hofmeister, Janet Marler, Stacey Merola, Joy Pixley, Rosern Rwampororo, Richard P. Shore, Mary Still, P. Monique Valcour, Carrie Chalmers, Ronit Waismel-Manor, Sonya Williams, and especially Deborah Harris-Abbott for her preliminary descriptive analyses.


  • Career developement
  • Coupled careers
  • Coworking
  • Dual-earner
  • Gender
  • Life course
  • Life state
  • Spillover
  • Work-family


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