Post # 1
the short version of this story is that i was contacted by a recruiter for a position similar to the one i have now with a much larger company that was supposed to be based in boston. after a few weeks of back and forth and interviewing with several folks via the phone, they have decided that (contingent on one more set of interviews) they want me…. but they want me in new york.
-the job will just about double my salary
-FI has roots in NYC and said that as long as I am there, he’ll go where ever
-1 week a month i would need to work from boston, so id see my friends still, plus i have somefriends in NYC already
-i am not passionate about the industry i work in. i dont loathe it, but i have been working toward a career change that would require grad school (meaning i would likely only be at this job for 3-4 years)
-moving is the worst. ever.
-i love NYC, as a visitor, but i’ve never even thought about being there long term
What would you do? have any of you bees ever moved to a new city for work?
Post # 3
We have. But I think you’d already be better off than us, we moved a whole country away from everyone we knew. We lived there for two years. DH handled it better than I did, but we ultimately left because I was so miserable.
A few things: I’d want you to do an in person interview in New York before you accepted the position. You have to meet the team, see the environment. Is it a terrible neighborhood? Does everyone look stressed and miserable? These are additional factors.
Get everything, EVERYTHING in writing. Salary, moving expenses, quarterly raises, if they offer it, make them write it down in a contract. When we moved we were promised a raise and a promotion. We ended up with neither. My mistake, but I will never make it again.
Lastly, for moving expenses: our company asked us how much we needed to move. I figured it out, and answered “6k” (or whatever.) So they cut a check for that, but I didn’t account for that check being taxed. So we spent a couple thousand of our own dollars to complete the move. Ugh.
Post # 4
My only thing is that living in NYC is expensive. Would the additional salary cover your living expenses, plus give you more spending money?
Post # 5
@rubyred605: it would definitely do that. we crunched the numbers for a while last night and there was a significant amount of money left over even with higher rent/utilities/food. we live in bostonright now and its pretty expensive to live here as well, so it wouldnt be a total shock in that regard.
@Quietserenity: i assumed i would get down there before things were finalized but you are right i didnt even think about the office environment or the general location. i was burned at my current job by not having more things ironed out in writing, so a contract would definitely be good.
the moving money is the biggest question mark. they have said they cannot provide moving support but they would be able to give a signing bonus for the same purpose. we currently rent and our place is small, so a move wouldnt be as bad as it could be but yeah, i have a feeling they may try to low ball me on that front
Post # 6
I have – twice!
I moved from Indiana to LA for my first job. After a little under a year, I moved from LA to Dallas for that same job (going to a different division of the company).
After almost two years in Dallas, DH and I moved from there to Atlanta so that I could make a career change and get back in a lab research environment.
It really isn’t that bad, especially if you already have ties to and friends in the new city (the only time we had this was for Atlanta). I only got relocation covered for the first move too so in my mind, that isn’t even a necessity.
It sounds to me like this could be a good opportunity for you! Congrats!
Post # 7
If it is only for a few years and not long term, your Fi is on board I think you should go for it. It’s a close drive or bus ride to Boston, the higher pay would be great. I also agree with asking them if you could visit and get a feel for the office and coworkers over there. Good lucik!