In what might be termed an unstable and maybe even depressing time for young people looking at their future careers, a survey revealed Thursday that they maintain an unenthusiastic and rather cool attitude toward employment: almost 30 percent of young respondents answered that if possible, they would prefer not to work for a company.

The Internet survey, conducted by advertising agency Dentsu Communciation Institute Inc., asked 3,000 permanently employed male and female employees aged 18 to 29 who work three days a week or more on permanent payroll, on temporary contracts or are self-employed, about their attitude toward work.

It also covered 1,200 employees in their 30s and 1,200 in their 40s to compare their mindset with that of young people.