Moving to a lower paying job for better WLB

VMware / Eng
mvga

VMware Eng

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mvgamore
Jul 11 14 Comments

I periodically get recruiting emails from companies that pay just over half of my current salary, but promise a much better WLB. It's said that one of the only things you can't buy is time, but if a penny saved is a penny earned, then maybe that's not true.

I've still got a good amount of debt, but I'm in my mid-30s and simply don't have time to have any sort of life outside of work. Would I be crazy to leave my (relatively) high paying job for the promise of a better WLB? Has anybody done this? Is the grass really greener on the other side?

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  • Facebook iTyK26
    Wasn’t sure one can go lower than VMware.
    Jul 11 1
    • Yahoo / Eng putrsv
      I like how folks at facebook insults everyone.
      Jul 12
  • Upgrade / Ops ablebadger
    It’s your work life balance, not the company’s - thus you have the control. Problem is you are only looking at blunt instruments as a solution (quit and go somewhere else). I would instead look at why your balance is out of sync. If it’s because you suck and can’t do the job thus you are always behind - then get better and stay where you are cause you’ll suck at the next job too. If it’s because there is too much work to do for anyone, have a real discussion with mgr about headcount and workload, then (based on the discussion - privately or with your manager ) set some real boundaries for time and amount of work you are going to do - Also, join a club or sport or something that has regular scheduled activities that rely on your presence so you are forced to stop and do non work things . If the option is to work less where you are for 2x pay and maybe not excel as fast because you are taking time out for yourself or get paid half as much and take time for yourself may as well get paid more.

    Also, if you really want to leave, you can probably with a little effort find a similar paying job and start fresh with work
    Life balance.
    Jul 11 0
  • Tesla siwndnisb
    I’m planning to find a better wlb job in 2-3 years after I pay off my mortgage.
    Jul 11 2
    • Yahoo / Eng putrsv
      Majority of Tesla pay is not good in Engineering.
      Jul 12
    • Tesla / Eng elontuskk
      310k, 4YOE.
      Jul 12
  • Microsoft / Mgmt
    VGlc78

    Microsoft Mgmt

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    VGlc78more
    Move to Europe. It will work out on its own.
    Jul 11 0
  • Apple tim_c00k
    How much is your TC?
    Jul 11 3
    • VMware / Eng
      mvga

      VMware Eng

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      mvgamore
      OP
      150
      Jul 11
    • eBay gsyabGx
      In Bay Area?
      Jul 11
    • VMware / Eng
      mvga

      VMware Eng

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      mvgamore
      OP
      Yep
      Jul 12
  • Intuit Indiv. #1
    Have you tried just implementing the WLB you want at your current job, and seeing what happens?

    Go in at 9. Leave at 5. Turn off slack after 5. See what happens.
    Jul 11 1
    • VMware / Eng
      mvga

      VMware Eng

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      mvgamore
      OP
      Tried that and harassment about not delivering spiked to the point that I thought I'd be asked to pack my desk.
      Jul 12
  • New SgJq15
    Depending on the debt, you could simply not pay it. It's an advanced move and strongly depends on what you owe to whom and how.
    Jul 11 0