Is there a happy ending to breaking a contract and quitting your job?
August 1, 2012 7:36 PM Subscribe
I want to quit my job.. but I can't. I'm unhappy. I'm lonely. And I don't know what to do.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
After working at my current company for about a year, I took a relocation opportunity to move to a different city. It entailed relocation benefits and some sizable bonus payments/incentives.
Well, I've been at the new city for a couple months and I'm unhappy. By being at this new office, I'm isolated from the 'headquarters' and the projects I'm getting staffed on are not what I wanted. There are obvious disadvantages from being away from everyone because.. well, you get forgotten. You can't participate in things in person. It's just not the same. And because of this, my performance/evaluation has suffered.
The stipulation of the relocation contract is that if you leave before a year, you'd have to pay back everything, which is a lot...
I'd also be burning bridges if I left so early.. but dammit I've been through so much bullshit and treated like shit ever since I moved here and I've had it. Every day I wake up miserable and don't want to get out of bed.
I just want to leave.
What are my options? My best bet would be to start interviewing for new jobs, but I'd only jump ship if they could reimburse me for the money I'd have to pay back my current company. The question mark is I don't know how much the relocation benefits cost, but the bonuses/incentives total to around $20,000. I'm assuming the relocation costs were around $5,000, but I have no freaking clue. They could be as high as $20,000, according to a more seasoned colleague whom I'm very close with. So, I could potentially end up with a bill of $40,000.. maybe even more. All the bonus payments I received, I could pay back because I saved/invested it. As for the relocation benefit costs? If it's $5,000? Then yes, I can pay that back. $20,000?.. I'd be in debt.
I also don't even know if a company would even do that. What would my story be were I to interview. How would I even tell them that I'm leaving and breaking a contract, and then ask them to pay me a bonus to cover those costs?
For what it's worth, I work in an 'elite' profession where salaries are pretty high and skill sets are fairly transferable. I'm also entry level. So I'm not particularly worried about landing interviews or my ability to find another job.. it's just finding one where they'll cover these costs I'd have to pay back.
Does anyone have any experience or advice dealing with this kind of situation? I don't think I can handle staying with this company until the end of my contract. I just can't deal with all the stress anymore.