Post # 1
Some background – when I moved back to my home-state of Michigan from California two years ago, I was having a hard time finding a full-time position. I have a background in radio advertising. After being unemployed for 5 months, I took a position in a related field (marketing/sales.) I’ve been in my current position for about a year and half now and while the job pays well, I’m not 100% happy in this field, with the company, or with my boss’s management style. (It’s a very small company with just myself and my boss in the office and she’s very disorganized and does not handle stress well.) I’d love to get back into advertising, but the job openings I’ve applied for/interviewed for do not pay as much as I make now.
My Fiance thinks I’m crazy for thinking of leaving my current job as my boss really likes me and gave me a very large raise at my 1-year review. I think she realizes that I’m not 100% happy and hopes to persuade me into staying with money. She’s even mentioned to me that if I had another job offer that she’d like the opportunity to counter.
My question is would you be open to taking a position that payed less if it was in your chosen field with a work environment that you were better suited for? How much less would you be willing to take?
Post # 3
I took a $4,000 pay cut two years ago to get out of a similar situation and I don’t regret it at all – in my new position I’ve gotten two big raises and actually make $10k more than the job I left, plus I’m much happier! If you can afford it, do it 🙂
Post # 4
I wouldn’t & neither would fi. But we have a family to think about. The current job would have to be pretty horrible for either of us to leave & take a paycut.
Post # 5
I definitely would to work in the field I want to work in. I’m not sure exactly how much, but basically if we had enough to live on with the new salary I’d take it.
Post # 6
@sarahblais: i in a similar situation im soOoOo unhappy at my job but I’ve been there for ten years and i make great $$ but i feel its time to leave and the jobs im looking at wont pay as much not near but im going to leave as soon as i start school that will look better on my resume and hopefully land me a decent paying job but im so unhappy i don’t even care about the pay cut anymore i just go to get out of my currant job. i say do what makes you happy!
Post # 7
The only reason I would take a pay cut is if I got an increase in benefits – my current job only gives me health insurance, and it would be super nice to have paid time off (I currently get NO sick leave, vacation time, paid holidays, maternity leave… nothin’). But I still wouldn’t be able to take a major cut (less than 10%), because money is pretty tight as it is.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t – and I just spent 8 weeks unemployed looking for a job that paid the same as the contract I finished back in January. I was looking, but if I was to take a similar job elsewhere I would have had to wear roughly a $12K pay cut, and I wasn’t willing to do it. Also, we have been in some financial difficulty in recent years so I want to earn as much as I can to set us up for the future.
I got lucky, and just got a permanent job with the organisation I contracted for, and don’t lose a cent.
If your happiness absolutely depends on it, then you should consider it. Sounds like your boss is really keen on keeping you and values you which is a good thing. If it was me I’d be trying to see if you could help your boss out with her organisational skills – she thinks highly of you so she should be open to any ideas your have. I know it’s not your job to do that, but it could benefit you both in the long run and you’d be happier.
Post # 9
I voted that I’d take a 50% cut.
I’m personally in a situation that I came out of school and entered into a company that potentially had the type of job that I wanted to end up with, but it was pretty competitive. So, I started with an entry level position thinking I could move my way up… but somewhere along the line I kept getting offered promotions that were more and more divergent (administrative/management vs. analytic). I’m currently a pretty well paid manager, but would likely have to take almost a 50% pay cut and go back to assisting in the analytic side to cross over at this point, but sometimes you have to step back to go forward again.
It would depend on a lot of factors, and I haven’t done it yet because we knew we were planning to start a family, and maternity leave pays 60% of one’s current salary for a year in my province, so it was just silly to turn “free” money into less for sitting at home taking care of a baby, but likely when I come back from leave I’ll look at making the jump.
Post # 10
@MsSparklyBee: @CorgiTales: My Fiance and I have no children and have no mortgage. We are actually living with one of his family members right now, but are hoping to move in our own rental home before our wedding in July. My Fiance is currently a full-time student and only works part-time, so I am the main earner until he graduates in December. We could comprise on some things that we’re looking for in a rental house to save money and could cut back on things like going out to eat, shopping, until he’s employeed full-time.
@HisNightOwl2014: My boss’ working style just isn’t the same as my own (she likes to always be busy, never takes a lunch or even quick 10-minute break, is very disorganized/messy, etc.) and it adds a lot of stress. I also end up working late and don’t get home until 7pm most nights – so it makes for a very long day. I don’t mind working late when necessary, but it’s every day. I avoid making plans on weeknights, since I never know when if I’ll be able to be there on time.
Post # 11
I might have to settle for that, but I’m really hoping not. Right now Fiance & I are LDR, and I’ll be moving to his city right before the wedding, so I have to find a new job.
But, I’m also finishing up a masters degree, so I should be making more with the new job. But, if I don’t find anything, I might have to settle for something less. FI is a PHD student, so I need to work, even if I’m not making much. Once he is done with school and we move again (job out look for him in this city is slim) I won’t be in as much of a stressed need to have a job right away, because starting salary in his field is pretty awesome looking.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I already take a pay cut by working for the state when I could make more in the private sector. Thankfully I also love my job 99% of the time.
Post # 13
@Phamnomenon: It’s a small company, but I do get health insurance and 2 weeks of paid vacation. I do not have vision, dental, life or disability insurance. I do not have a 401K and would not get any paid maternity leave. Edited to add: The other positions are with larger companies that would have better benefits than I receive now.
@shadesofviolet: When I had my one year review in November, my boss asked me if there was anything that she needed to work on and I mentioned the issues with the disorganization and offered her some suggestions. She allowed me to clean up some boxes she had stored behind my desk while she was out for 2-week vacation over the holidays, but the mess has quickly been replaced since she’s returned after the New Year. She has not implemented any of my other recommendations since the review.
Post # 14
The short answer: It depends.
The long answer: I am a RN and work on an adult surgical floor. I want to be in pediatrics, if I was offered a job in that specialty I would take the pay cut in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t to go to another adult floor though.
Post # 15
I have. To get out of retail and into the field I wanted to work in. I had to start at the bottom and took a paycut. It was totally worth it though, I hated retail and felt like I was stuck there.
Post # 16
@sarahblais: thats not living life maybe you should talk to her about the working late every night. my boss is a horror ; (