Should I stay or should I go?
October 25, 2006 9:48 PM Subscribe
Help me evaluate the pro's and con's of my current employment situation. I'm contemplating leaving, but have never been a job-hopper, so I don't think I know the time to leave for a new job...
posted by youngergirl44 to human relations (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Short employment history: I started working for a small tool repair company when I was 14. I stayed at said company for four years - until they were purchased by a larger repair shop and I was laid off. I had two weeks off and then started in customer service at a medial supply distributor. I've been with this company for almost four and a half years - I'm 23 now. That's it, two jobs.
In my current position, I've acquired more roles than just customer service and I became the assistant to our product manager for our most important product line. I was in charge of processing all orders for this product line and working with customers to resolve problems with their orders. I held this position by myself when the first product manager left and a second filled her place - a total of three years.
In December of 2005, while I was out of the country on vacation, they took this responsibility away from me and gave it to a woman in our data processing department. They didn't talk to me about this before I left, or immediately upon my return. When I noticed that my workload was significantly reduced, I asked our product manager about it and felt mildly dismissed. In February of this year, when I felt that everything I did for the team was no longer my responsibility, I set a meeting with the manager of customer service, the product manager, and our traffic manager (another woman I assist). At this meeting I made my direct manager aware that I was unhappy because I was becoming bored and she assured that she would find something with responsibility for me to do. She kept telling me that I was such a valuable employee, she didn't want to lose me. We've met 4-5 more times do discuss the issue. It's now October and nothing has changed.
There are other reasons I want to leave:
- Increasing frustration with lack of action by management when confronted with problems.
- I live in Chicago and the office is in the suburbs. The commute could be anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours - one way. On an average day, I spend about three hours total in the car.
- I believe that worrying about work is making me mildly depressed, which may be effecting other aspects of my life and relationship with my boyfriend.
- I'm having a harder time controlling my temper at work. I have days where something small could set me off and I'll then spend half an hour in the bathroom lounge crying, or worse yet, speaking harshly with a customer.
Those all seem like reason enough to leave, but here's why I'm hesitant to do so:
- Free health and dental insurance! It's a PPO and everything is covered. I pay nothing.
- I get paid well for a position without a college degree. I can support myself comfortably.
- I love my co-workers in customer service. Since they are all around my same age, we hang out outside of work often and have a blast.
- The dress code is very lax, I can wear jeans and a t-shirt or flip-flops any day of the week.
- I have been there long enough to gain some independence from management and can work under my own direction.
- Knowing the reputation of the hiring manager, my position will not be filled until after I leave, and will be filled with someone brand new - not someone with a year or so of experience at our company. There are a lot of odd jobs that only I know how to do (ie., administrate our VOIP phone system), I'm worried about how these things will be handled if I do leave.
So should I stay or should I go? What is the 'last straw' in a situation like this? Will I encounter similar management problems at other corporations? And finally, I'm sorry this is such a long post. Thanks for reading it! :)