- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
I work in retail..and I love retail. I’m one of those rare types who thrives in the environment. At my current company I’ve always been a bit of an “up and comer”. I’ve had 2 promotions in the two years I’ve been with the company, the most recent being in October.
The last promotion occured after some reorganization in upper management. I went from “helping” another store an hour and change from my current town, to being there permanently. At the time I was asked how much I would take yearly to take over this other store.
I honestly had no time to do any math and when the Vice President of your company is standing in front of you asking something like that..you just blurt out whatever (or I do anyway). Later that night once I had some time to do some math I realized the number I asked for was actually about 3000$ anually short of what I needed to actually come ahead.
Anyway, I ended up asking for more but they offered me the original amount I asked for. I wanted the opportunity and I didn’t think the commute would bother me, so I took it anyway. This is the first time I’ve ever had to negotiate anything for myself and I really didn’t do a good job. The raise they gave me was an extra 8000$…not too shabby on paper. Before the raise I was being paid mileage. It worked out to be about an extra 91$ a day.
Fast forward 3.5 months and I’m miserable. I’m doing an oil change every month and spending 400$ in gas. My raise after tax works out to be 400$ extra a month. I’m actually making less than I did at my smaller store that did half the sales. The commute is exhausting and I have no work and life balance anymore. Moving is not an option due to fi’s career.
I’ve been looking for jobs locally and I think I’ve stumbled across something I would enjoy. The actual title is Sales Manager, and after speaking with the company’s HR department it seems that I will be doing all of the things I love doing at my current job, with none of the extra noise that I don’t enjoy so much.
The pay is listed at the same (or more) than I currently make, but part of me worries that career wise I will be taking a step backwards. On the other hand, less responsbility for the same or more money? Hell yes!
What would you do?