- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
So I’m looking for some experiences, thoughts, anything!
About my current position: I’ve worked here for 8 years officially on December 5th. I currently get 5 weeks of PTO per year, plus all of the misc holidays. I have considered leaving more times than I can count, but I’ve been complacent and comfortable, and I never should have been. Part of the reason I’ve continued to stay is the flexibility I USED to have. Being able to work from home at times, getting paid a full day when I was only here for 4 hours (I’m salary), etc… This stuff no longer exists
I have worked in 3 different departments, and am currently a Business Analyst. This WOULD have been a great career move for me, and was for a time. But then my boss quit, and they decided not to replace her. This means we now as a department report directly to the VP of Operations, who has ZERO time to mentor us. It’s a department of BA’s who all do what they want, in different ways. I spend most of my time TRYING to be productive and teach myself, but mostly being so irritated by the lack of direction, and unmotivated by my disinterest.
I’m currently 9.5 weeks pregnant, so my plan was to not come back here after mat leave if I could help it, to try my best to find a new job (closer to home as well as I’m a 1 hour bus ride away) while I was on leave. But I’ve been contacted by a recruiter about a possible opportunity.
Here is my dilemma. While my company does not offer paid maternity leave, I of course have protection via FMLA, and I will get 6 weeks of Short Term Disability. I can also then use my PTO (however much of my 5 weeks I can earn by then) and then take more mat leave unpaid. I COULD spend time, sneaking out of here to interview, trying to find something else, but the chances of another company actually having a paid maternity leave policy are slim. I don’t think I can even qualify for disability when I’m already PG, and I wouldn’t have FMLA protection until I’ve worked somewhere for a year.
So I guess I”m wondering, is finding something else at this point in time, a risk you would take? Is it better to do it now and take those risks than try to find a job while on maternity leave? Would you sit in a job you hate for the next 7 months. I mean what’s 7 months when it’s been 8 years right? : I’m trying to take at least 4 months off for leave. I’m really looking for some peace of mind. I go back and forth about this all the time and I need to make a decision and just be ok with it for the next 7 months.