Post # 1
Hi Bees! I am a very frequent poster, but writing under this name since many of my co-workers know my username.
I have been unhappy at my job now for several months because of issues having to do with my boss. She makes me feel guilty for calling in sick and taking vacation, she gossips about everyone in the department, and she’s terrible with scheduling, which means that my shift is always changing. She doesn’t give any positive feedback, only negative, and she has to be the best at everything. The flip side is that I LOVE the actual work.
During the height of my unhappiness, another opportunity presented itself, and I am actually interviewing for the job later today. The upside to this job is that I’d have a great, set schedule (yay!), I like the people there, I’d never have to work evenings or weekends, and it’s actually a better career move for what I want to do in the future. The flip side of this job, though, is that I know I wouldn’t like the work quite as much.
Both positions are comparable in pay.
I’ve never made a big change like this before, and it’s stressing me out like crazy. What if I switch jobs and I don’t like my new one? Has anyone else gone through this before and can lend some kind of insight? My whole family is very supportive of me changing jobs, it just makes me so nervous.
So which is better? Loving the actual work you do but disliking every other area of the job, or just liking the work you do but loving all lthe other aspects of it?
Post # 3
I can say from experience that the overall atmosphere of a job is more important than liking the actual work you do. I had a kick-ass awesome marketing job at my last employer, but the corporate culture was so horrible, I was always on pins and needles never knowing when my boss was going to lash out at me for no reason. And people took credit for all the work I did, so I never got any recognition. It was also a staying-late contest every night, they made you feel inadequate if you didn’t stay until 8 or 9 pretending to do work every night. And we had a lot of client events where I was given the snake eye if I wasn’t the last one to leave, keep in mind these would run sometimes until 3:00am.
My new job isn’t nearly as exciting, but the corporate culture is awesome, one of acceptance and positive thinking, awarding the individual. My coworkers are so nice and invite me out to personal things instead of try to take credit for my work and steal the spotlight. My boss doesn’t call me into his office randomly to ask me a question he already knows I don’t know the answer to. Oh, and people here come in at 9 and leave at 5. It’s great!
Post # 4
The new job will be 1000x better. Working for a degrading boss seeps into every other aspect of your life. On the other hand, work that is a little less interesting, but with great people, will lift the rest of your life up. THe people you work with are critically tied into your general outlook. And if this next job doesn;t work out, you stick it out for a reasonable amount of time (1-2 yrs) and take your next step up the ladder. If it really is a stepping stone to what you ultimately want, you should definitely accept the position!
Post # 5
The new job sounds way better because it’s like 9/10 things there are great whereas the old job there’s only 1/10 things that’s great.
I say go for it! If you love the environment you’re in it’ll probably help make the work feel like it’s not bad at all.
Best of luck!
Post # 6
I think the new job as athough the work may not be quite as enjoyable, people can make a big difference, after all you spend most of your day with these people so you gotta be happy.
Post # 7
Thanks for the advice, ladies. I should mention that I love all my co-workers, it’s just my boss that makes work so hard.
I’m heading off to my interview now… wish me luck!
And any other insight is welcome… I’m really struggling with this! Thank you!
Post # 8
Goodluck! I have to agree with everyone else-I think a good work environment is more important than the actual work over all. You can love your job if you enjoy the people you are around, even if the work is just ok. Just think about which job will leave you most satisfied at the end of the day.
Post # 9
Hello work life balance!!!! I don’t LOOOOOOVE engineering, but I think it is awesome about 80% of the time now that I have a new position. And all that changed because i got a new desk, a new boss, and my coworkers are nicer, younger, and friendlier. I still do engineering like i did at my last position, but the ATMOSPHERE makes ALL the difference. Also my new boss is just helpful and nice and wants me to succeed. I feel like my last boss didn’t give a rat’s ass basically.
Post # 10
oh my gosh people and atmosphere make all the difference in the world.
At my last job I loved all my colleagues to death. I still keep in contact with many of them. I loved the location of my office and the work was OKish. I was just an intern so the pay was meeeh.
An opportunity presented itself elsewhere for a job that i thought I would like the actual work more and I would be an actual employee not just an intern. I dont get along as great with the staff, i feel like I have very little in common, and the work that I thought I would enjoy seems like drudgery!
I cant tell you what to do but definitely think long and hard about it and take into consideration that atmosphere and ppl interaction is heavily weighted.
Post # 11
I say the environment is the most important thing. I just recently switched jobs and it was a scary thing to do. I start my new job full time in Jan. and will be working part time until then. You never really know if you’ll like your job until you get in there and try it. The best thing you can do is go with your instinct and hope for the best! I went aganist my instinct in the last job I was in and it ended up coming to bite me.
Post # 12
I agree with others that a toxic environment isn’t enough to make up for liking the work. You can always move onto something later but hopefully you won’t be completely stressed and feel horrible at this new job.
I hope your interview went well!
Post # 13
Take the plunge! What would be 10x worse is sitting in this job that you have doubts about WONDERING if that other career choice would be better. You can always find another job if this one doesn’t work out. It won’t be the end of the world…trust me!
I’ve been through a couple of major career changes and I’m happy that I have been. You have to just keep exploring until you find that job that makes you happy in every aspect.
Post # 14
The atmosphere at your job is so important to your overall happiness! Go for the new position!