(Closed) Would you stay at a job you hated, because of the benefits?

posted 8 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you stay at a job you disliked for the great benefits?



    Other, please explain.

  • Post # 17
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I am at a job that has very good “future” benefits. 401K related, although a different format than any other company I’ve been at. If I stayed I’d be in a good state when I retired, I would think. Not a pension, but I vested quickly and have made a good deal in that account.

    BUT – The annual salary I live on is on the very low range, especially for the area of the country we live in. I don’t exactly live paycheck to paycheck but in 6 years I’ve saved hardly anything on my own even without spending anything beyond necessities, and I hate that.  I can’t afford to rent a decent place. And at 30 I want to be able to buy a house, pay a mortgage, have children, and know I can take care of them. The money that I’d take home every day seems more important to me than the money in the future that I may or may not see.

    The comment about living now versus saving for later that someone made. I’ve thought a lot about this recently. And it’s no easy and the answer is very different for everyone. It truly depends on what stage your life is in, if you have family, how much support you have, and what is important to you.

    I lost a friend of mine at 28 two years ago. She studied, worked, and lived her whole life planning for a future that didn’t happen. That does not mean that no one should plan for the future. You need to. But the truth is, we just don’t know what it will bring.  I’m trying to find a balance between the two. I don’t want to put everything into now or everything into later. I want to be happy now without sacrificing the future.

    I kind of went on a tangent here, but yes, I would leave a job I was miserable at. But only if there was an even balance in the trade. I’d never give up health insurance, but I’d give up extras (more vacation, perks if they were applicable) for higher pay. And for peace of mind. If you are bored, as I am here, it’s torture. I just want to feel useful and challenged again.

    Post # 18
    4099 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Yes, amongst other things.. I am not offered medical benefits, nor am I offered anything else because I am not ‘staff’ I am ‘wage’

    Post # 19
    9816 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Not without another job in hand that offered a comparable package.

    Post # 20
    88 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

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    @coffeegal85:  You say that you want to be an irreplaceable employee so you can later transition to part-time when you have a family.  You also say that you’re the only one that can do your job – that sounds to me like you’re already irreplaceable!

    If you’re already considering leaving, are you able to speak with managment and let them know about how the change in day-to-day with more meetings, paperwork, etc is making you unhappy.  That you’d like to stay with the company but with the meetings and other new responsibilites that you’re overworked?  Maybe management would be able to take some of the stuff you’d don’t enjoy as much off your plate to other employees?

    I’d try to exhaust all options with the current company if you think you’ve got a good opportunity for going part-time there in the future and keeping your benefits for your family.

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