Chicago is My Kind Of Town, but I Love LA (We Love It!)
January 14, 2009 11:46 AM Subscribe
I transferred to Los Angeles last Spring. I hate the job, but I love LA. There has always been a standing offer to return to my old Chicago office. How do you evaluate the balance between being in a place you love, versus being in a job that's satisfying?
posted by hwyengr to Work & Money (11 answers total)
Reasons I left Chicago:
- Felt stagnant in my life
- Minor personal issues
Reasons I hate my job in LA:
- Top heavy (i.e., 2:1 PM:Engineer ratio)
- I talk to my boss once a month, and don't work with him on projects
- Much smaller office, much, much less social
Reasons I love LA:
- Proximity to everything I could need in the world
Reasons I love Chicago:
- Dense city infrastructure
- Known working conditions
My relationship is pretty new, and won't survive a move. There's a lot of promise in it, but it's not like I'd be leaving the love of my life.
The working conditions in Chicago aren't perfect, but I consider my co-workers as friends, which is something that hasn't happened in LA. And the Chicago managers actually know what my job entails, so I get to be an engineer and they get to be managers.
I'm leaving this office, there's no question about that. But, do I find another job in LA, which could be just as bad (or worse), or go back to what I know and like? The wild card is that I get the results of my professional licensing tests next week. I'm already a Professional Engineer in Illinois, but not yet in California. If I fail, Chicago looks better, and vice-versa.