Post # 1
Ladies, I have a dilemma and I was hoping to get some input. I currently work in a field that is growing exponentially and looks like it will continue to do so, which is great. However, the company that I have worked at for the past 7 years has slowly become a crummy place to work, and it is mostly due to my boss from Hades. This lady started after me in a similar position and somehow (to the surprise of many) has now been made director of our department, despite being incredibly unprofessional in her behavior and treatment of employees. For example, last year she singled out one member of our team to bully and made this poor lady’s life miserable (wrote her up for no reason, talked negatively about her to the rest of us, etc.) until the lady finally left. She also ran another manager off by making it appear that the manager was inept and purposefully manipulative when it was really my boss who was doing the manipulating. Currently, my boss has bestowed upon me and another employee the honor of being the outcasts this time. We are not invited to meetings that the rest of the department goes to and we are not kept up-to-date on issues in the department like everyone else is. I am, however, treated a bit better than the other employee because my boss likely feels she can’t afford to bully me as openly as she has others–I am the workhorse of the group with the most experience and education, and I generally do the majority of the work each quarter. My boss has made her feelings towards me known by selecting her pet employee to teach a class for those seeking certification in our field even though I am the one with over seven years of experience and an advanced degree in education, whereas her pet has no degree at all and the only experience she has comes from her time working with us for the last year and a half. I’m not really angry over this as I don’t have time to teach a class on top of my regular work; it’s just a good illustration of my boss’ feelings towards me.
In light of all this, I’ve been applying for jobs elsewhere and long story short, I got an offer. It’s with a bigger company with comparable benefits except that the new company would pay for me to take classes to further my education (in whatever subject I wanted to study; it does not have to be work-related). The new job would be much easier in that there is less responsibility (although it is a supervisory position, unlike my current one) and a better work/life balance, plus the people I would be working with are much nicer and more professional than the ones I’m stuck with now. I think I should also point out that I dread going into work every day and I’m so burned out from impossible expectations that I’m starting to get depressed. However, the new job would involve taking a $3400/year pay cut. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I hate feeling like I’m “going backwards.” I had planned on trading my car in anyway which would more than make up for the deficit so it isn’t a question of being able to afford it…it’s do I want to? Would that be smart? What do you lovely ladies think? Have any of you ever taken a pay cut and been glad you did?
Post # 3
$3400 a year sounds like a lot, but when you break it down it’s not that much. Also, if your job will be easier, you could always get a part-time job to make up the difference. Having had some horrible bosses, I can tell you that it’s absolutely worth it to take the pay cut to get away from them!!
Post # 4
I know how that much money over the course of time seems to add up, but taking a lesser salary isn’t always moving backwards. It sounds like the other opertunities this company offers outway the sallary issue. If you can afford the pay cut, your happiness is more important than a number on a check.
Post # 5
@YokoOhNo: I once took a $20K pay cut and never looked back because my new job had much better hours, people, lifestyle, and health benefits. I’m so much happier right now. you are NOT going backwards, everything else you listed is going forwards.
I think it is ABSOLUTELY worth it to leave that toxic company of yours! I’ve never encountered people that bad!
Post # 6
@YokoOhNo: I took a pay cut. Granted, I kind of had to leave my job since I got engaged and was moving, but I don’t regret it. I worked as a retail supervisor for 16 bucks an hour and took a pay cut down to 8 to be a part time teacher’s aid. I felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders because I had less responsibility, more room to grow (believe it or not), and I wasn’t treated like complete dog snot anymore. I hated retail.
I was able to move into full time and then move on completely to a job where I make substantially more than what I was at either job, so I couldn’t be happier.
My husband has had the opportunity to make almost 100K a year versus the 40+K he makes being a teacher, but he refuses to sacrifice what he loves and his happiness, so I guess, in our world, our happiness as long as we can still afford what we need is more important to us when it comes to out jobs.
Post # 7
Take the new job!!!
I amazes me how some people live to make others miserable. I hope she gets a taste of her own medicine. Like what’s the point of being a bully? It doesn’t make the work get done better… it just breeds a hostile environment and gives you enemies. Argh!!
Post # 8
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I make half what I would make in the private sector by working for the State BUT my working environment is great and my work/life balance is awesome. I really want to make more money but the ability to have a real life outside of work in my career field is worth way more than an increased salary. I know way too many people in my field of work that wok late hours into the night and on the weekend while I go home by 5pm every day and enjoy quality time with my husband.
Post # 9
DH took a paycut to get out of a super toxic work environment (although in his case, workplace bully ended up getting fired after DH’s exit interview–they were unhappy to see him go). He now LOVES his new job, and even though it’s meant a bit of a tighter budget, he’s also had more time at home, and he’s happier when he is home. Totally worth it for us.
Post # 10
I guess it depends what % of your total salary 3400 is! If you are on 100k, that isn’t much. If you’re on 20k it might affect your lifestyle a bit.
My SO is currently doing an internship to get away from a horrible environment and persue the career he really wanted.
I would say if you can, then go for it! I’ve been 100% behind my SO, and help with bills, food etc. so he can afford to find a job that makes him happy. After all, you are there 5 days of the week, you might as well be happy there!