Determinants of a favorable attitude toward retirement were sought in an interview study of 179 top executives, Age 55 and over in 13 leading Israeli organizations. Relationships between desire to retire and variables known to be associated with labor turnover and with retirement attitudes among blue-collar workers were examined by correlation and multiple regression analysis. It was found that relatively older executives who felt young, healthy, and effective, were most likely to prefer to go on working. Contrary to expectation, features of the job had relatively weak relationships to attitudes toward retirement. Attitude towards retirement appears to be associated more closely with feelings about oneself than with perceptions of the job. Differences between retirement and other types of withdrawal from the job were discussed.