Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Job

I got one.  I start September 16, and September 13 will be my last day at my current job.

Never thought I would see the day when I would be happy to take a 25% pay CUT, but here it is.

In my new job, I will be doing much the same work I am doing now, with some key differences.  I will no longer be paid by insurance companies.  I will no longer have a billable hours requirement.  And I will have holidays off, paid vacation, and paid sick leave again.  I will also have some other nice benefits, like student loan repayment assistance and a state retirement plan that my employer actually contributes to.  (My current employer offers a 401k plan but contributes exactly $0 to it on my behalf.)

I will also be working only blocks from MM, which means we will be able to meet for lunch occasionally.  Yes, it will probably be brown bag lunch, due to decrease in my salary.  But hey.  Life is full of trade-offs.

I will take my sanity and more time with my sons in exchange for less money.

21 comments:

  1. Awesome. While out on leave I interviewed for a gig that would have been a HUGE pay cut-- huge-- more like 40%-- and I couldn't stomach it (but they ended up not calling me for a second interview anyway). I think you'll be so much happier -- and how nice to be able to have a kid-free lunch sometimes!

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  2. Woo-hoo!! So happy for you!! Pay-cuts are all the rage right now (or so I tell myself). As my husband explained to me - it's better to be happy and adjust the other things accordingly.

    Congrats lady! I'm thrilled for you!

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  3. Congratulations on the new job. I hope it helps reduce some of your stress. It sounds like the pay cut will be worth it.

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  4. Congrats!!!!!! I know how badly you wanted a switch. It must feel awesome!!

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  5. Congrats!!! Being happier overall will be worth the pay cut. Congrats on the new job! Happy for you!! :)

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  6. Congrats!

    I bet you'll be surprised by how quick you learn to adjust to your new budget, and it'll all be worth every penny you'll be counting!

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  7. Wow! Those perks sound more than worth the pay cut. Congratulations.

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  8. That is great!!!! Enjoy the new gig. Billable hours are the devil, I do flat-fee only.

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  9. That job sounds fantastic. Some things are absolutely worth the pay cut. Good luck!

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  10. Sounds like a win-win! And with the increase in benefits, there may not be much of a monetary difference in the total package anyway. Congrats!

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  11. Congratulations! Those benefits are definitely worth the pay cut.

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  12. YES! This is amazing!!! The conditions will be so much more what you need right now, and taking a pay cut sounds really scary but there are a LOT of ways you can cut costs here and there to make up for it. Like you said, brown bagging will be very helpful and it's a lot easier than you'd think, especially if you make larger portions for your family dinners and just take leftovers for lunch. So CONGRATS! MAZEL TOV! WOO HOO!!! How fantastic to not have billable hours anymore! And helping with student loan repayment??? Where do I sign up??? LOL!

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I've read your struggles with work/life balance and the pressures of your current job, and I hope this helps tremendously.

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  14. First, CONGRATULATIONS! Way to go!

    Second, now that I am no longer earning a pay check, I've surprised myself at how I've been able to save money (only getting a pedicure every month-6 wks instead of bi-weekly, touching up my grey roots myself to extend the life of my salon color by a month (effectively cutting down my hair maintenance by almost half), using coupons for everything from car washes to groceries to clothes, etc), taking advantage of on-line deals, buying SB VIA instead of going to a location (saving me literally hundreds of dollars/yr), buying gently used baby gear (and not new), going without magazine subscriptions (and not missing them), etc. Even if I didn't have to do so, getting a deal and saving money makes me FEEL so much better.

    As someone said to me when I finally resigned from my toxic work situation, "Welcome to your new and better life".

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  15. Less money for more sanity and family time sounds like a great trade off! Congrats on the new job!!

    We cut so much out of our budget when I stopped working. My job now is to stalk out deals and save us as much money as possible. It has turned me into a couponing, consignment/clearance shopping, groupon loving master. Worth every bit of it. ;)

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  16. Congrats on the new job! Sorry I have been away so long. I've been trying to catch up on old posts, and it is awesome to see you and the boys doing so well (even if there's not enough sleep going around). I left insurance defense litigation to work for a state agency three years ago, and have never really regretted that decision. Even though it involved a huge pay cut and a recent stall in raises, the quality of life I have now is so worth it. Hope you experience the same in your new position. :)

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  17. Way to go, S. You put it out there and you made it happen! Congratulations, can't wait to hear more about it.

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  18. I'm so happy for you!!! Yaaaay! I hope you find your new position truly fulfilling. Your tenacity has paid off!

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  19. just getting caught up.... CONGRATS on the new job!!

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