Post # 1
Hey Bees. I’ve been thinking about looking for a new job. There are several things within my current environment that have been gradually wearing on me for about six months now: blantant employee favoritism, long commute, less than ideal living situation. On the flip side, there are good things too: relatively enjoyable (but routine) work, good salary, potential for upward movement.
I think the biggest thing is that I’ve been in the same state my whole life, aside from six months I interned in a state that I fell in love with. I’ve been at my current position for 3.5 years and have done really well for myself in that time. My Fiance is 110% on board with any changes I want to pursue because he isn’t completely happy with his current position either.
I’m just looking for personal stories and maybe insight from you Career Bees who have been in a “What is my next step?” situation. Thanks ladies.
Post # 2
I already knew the company I was with was going downhill, and would never be prosperous enough to last another five or ten years. But I knew I had to look for another job when I saw my superior tell a bold faced lie TWICE on an issue that really mattered. i was also told NOT to say anything about it, and singled out because of my reputation for honesty in a previous situation. I could deal with a lot of things but will never compromise my ethics!!
Post # 3
In my last company it was because it was clear the company was failing financially, I didn’t like some of the key people I worked with, and the learning experiences were slowing down.
I’m currently thinking about moving on (not sure yet) and it’s because I’m getting bored of my work and am not focused and excited like I used to be and because I’ve been here several years and feel like we keep seeing the same old problems. I’d like to work on some new problems!
Post # 4
I had a super long commute and felt anxiety at work every day because of the demands and questionable ethics. I moved to a lower paying job that I love so much more, and is like 2 miles from my house. I look forward to work now!
Post # 5
Thanks for the insight ladies. It’s tough because our company is actually doing well for itself – unfortunately it’s just that our direct office environment has been shaky for a little while.
cbgg: “feel like we keep seeing the same old problems” YESSSSSSS. It drives me bonkers when everyone just talks about the problem, but doesn’t do anything to fix it! Or a short term fix is made, which just means it’s bound to pop up again in the future.
Equine_Breeder: I agree. Ethics are #1. It’s unbelievable that a trait like honestly would be frowned upon.
hollyberry4: I miss that excited feeling about work!
Post # 6
There was no room for advancement, so I’m going out on a limb and working part time again while interning.
Post # 7
rosegoldie: My current contrubition to this thread was ‘when I worked my ass off to get them $12,000 bonus from the government and didn’t see a penny of it.’ I’m their only employee! It was the epitome of feeling unappreciated. Unfortunately, since my wedding is next month I’m sticking around as we need the moolah.
Post # 8
here are reasons I’ve moved on from different jobs in the past:
– didn’t have any upward mobility and didn’t love the work
– very stressful work environment, company had shady practices, was always in danger of being screamed at by someone and I got so sick of it
– job was physically difficult and dangerous, liabilities weighed on my mind
I think your situation sounds much less clear than any of mine. You could just be in a slump and be feeling the grass is greener. If I were you, though, I would start looking at my options but with clear goals in mind. Sounds like you have some experience and like the work in the field, so moving to a new company in a new state might be a nice exciting shake up for your life.
Post # 9
ohnatto: You hit the nail on the head! That is what I’m trying to discern – do I wait another 6 months to decide if I really need a change? Our big boss is trying really hard to make everything work and “fix” our office, but it just seems that his hands are tied at this point and it’s going to be at least another 2 months before our new structure is finally in place. What I don’t think will change in that time is the favorism that occurs. I think that’s what really bugs me.
Post # 10
rosegoldie: I knew it was time for me to get a new job, admittedly it was at the same company, but I was finding I was eating my lunch at 9.30am.
Post # 11
rosegoldie: At least your boss is trying to change the environment, though. 2 months is really not that long in the scheme of things, it could easily take you 4-6 months just to find a new, comparable job.
Still, I’ve always felt that just looking and reminding myself that I have other options and I am not trapped has always made me feel better. It could be that you start looking at realize there are tons of jobs really similar to your current job, with great pay in interesting states. So then you might decide to take the plunge. Or, you could start looking and realize that there is almost nothing out there that pays as well as your current job, so you’d be taking a huge cut by moving, and that might help you decide to at least give your current job another 4 months to see if your boss’ changes make a difference.
Post # 12
-First time was the commute just sucked! I was driving over an hour when traffic would hit. I loved my job but goodness I developed anxiety!
-Second time was very clear, they were pushing me to do things in a very corrupt manner and I refused to do it! Because of this I was stressed and started having sleep paralysis. That shit was not cool. So I left that place with my dignity and never looked back!
If you aren’t happy find something else, just make sure you have something in the works, its just not fun being broke.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
When my graduate advisor came back from winter break with a brand new wife and baby- suprise! He was very secretive about the wife, but my labmates and I found out via a Facebook oops that she was my very young undergraduate lab assistant whom I was asked to let go in my place on a research field assignment with him for a weekend- approximately 9 months before so she could get ‘field experience’. She got ‘experience’ while another undergrad and I worked three back to back 10 hour days to finish processing her previous research samples in time a presentation she had to do. SO gross and disrespectful. Unfortunately I was only halfway through my degree. I’m almost done now and can’t wait to leave.