Will it hurt me down the line to give myself a "demotion"?
May 13, 2014 11:29 AM Subscribe
I am a U.S. Federal employee. I live in DC. After a decade here, I'm feeling pretty much done. I'd like to move to CA to be closer to loved ones, and a friend in SF just alerted me to a good-fit job opening in my agency's field office there. Problem: it's one grade lower than my current position.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (2 answers total)
I'm a GS-14/2 now (non-supervisory), and if I were to get that job I think I'd convert to a 13/8. Because of the difference
pay (I'd be making ~$11,000 more than I am now), I don't intellectually feel opposed to going down a grade; I also don't see myself as a Fed-for-lifer (I'm still pretty young and this would primarily make for a smooth transition to a new place with benefits already in hand). But is this "demotion" something that's likely to come back to bite me, as a red flag hindering advancement further down the line? Does anyone have experience with making a similar move?