Should I quit before my company relocates me?
September 11, 2012 5:05 AM Subscribe
I recently started a new job that is a big career opportunity and looked great on paper, but six weeks in and it has been a total disaster -- I have a terrible boss, don't like the corporate culture, and am unhappy about the hours I've been working. In four weeks I am due to be relocating overseas for the new job. Should I cut my losses and quit before the move?
posted by kramer1975 to Work & Money (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The job: This is a position that would look great on my resume and undoubtedly open new avenues if I was to stick it out for a couple of years. However, I have a boss who is extremely smart but an obsessive micromanager who is making it extremely difficult for me to do what I was hired to do. In short, he has been very critical of all the work I have done so far (some justified, but mostly not), frequently changes his mind about things we have already agreed upon, causing me to waste hours upon hours redoing things, etc. I also have concerns about the culture and work/life balance. I am essentially on call 7/24 and have ended up working often on weekends, for reasons that don't always seem justified.
All of this has me feeling completely miserable. I have suffered from depression and anxiety in the past, and these issues have come back with a vengeance since I started the new position. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take a break between jobs, and am feeling totally burnt out already. I understand that part of this may be the adjustment to a more demanding position with more responsibilty, but am wondering if it's all worth it, considering the toll on my mental and physical health.
In four weeks I am due to relocate overseas to the office where my boss is. My contract has a clause that will require me to repay my relocation expenses if I leave within a year. I will also be dependent on employment by my current company for my legal immigration status in that country. All of which means that it won't be easy for me to quit if things don't work out.
I am excited about the move, but no longer about the job. Without the relocation aspect I'd probably be willing to stick this out for a few months, but given the bad feeling I have about the job, I'm considering quitting now before the relocation, and taking a few months off to recharge my batteries. I have no debt and enough savings to take even 12 months off without any worries, so money is not really an issue.
The job market is not great, however, and I'm worried if such a "good opportunity" will come up again. Any thoughts on the wisdom of sticking it out when it seems like your decision to change jobs was a disaster? Or the pros/cons of taking a career break in ones mid to late 30s?