Salary vs Job Satisfaction

IBM / Consultant grb1112
Nov 12, 2018 11 Comments

I recently joined IBM (less than 6 mths) ago and I right away started hating my job. I moved to IBM from one of the big and better parts of US and this IBM location is in one of the most impoverished places of US. The salary was good. Now I have got a job offer from one of my old client for a full time position - however the salary is less than what I earn at IBM. Benefits are better than IBM, job satisfaction is more, location is rated amongst the top 10 places to live in US, job security is more and taxes are less. However, the salary is less than my IBM salary. Just for comparison I will be earning $600 less per month. Please suggest me what to do?

No debts
Married - No kids
Age: 32


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TOP 11 Comments
  • Strava Vsmfcc
    $600/mo is “only” $7200 per year, with lower taxes the difference might be even smaller. If everything is better meaning you’ll be happier I think it might be worth taking that new job.
    Nov 12, 2018 0
  • Uber aNft74
    No brainer. Your overall happiness matters more than just being 600$/month richer
    Nov 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Dxtx
    Tc?? $600 per month isn't much on a $10k monthly base.
    Also if taxes are less you might end up close to a wash (col will probably go way up though)
    Did you ask the offer to match your current pay??
    Sounds like you want to take the new it. Tc will bounce back
    Nov 12, 2018 0
  • Microsoft gfba68
    Where is the IBM job? Location is important but ignore the "ratings." That shit is all made up. Go visit and see if you like it.
    Nov 12, 2018 3
    • IBM / Consultant grb1112
      I would rather not say where the IBM location where I am slogging right now as it is a small location and not many people have joined in the past few months with experience. Just that I can say it is in bible belt of US.
      Nov 12, 2018
    • Microsoft gfba68
      So not in a large city? I can't imagine a significant IBM office not I'm a major metro area. If you could transfer to another MCOL location like Atlanta you'd have more fun.
      Nov 12, 2018
    • IBM / Consultant grb1112
      One of the biggest problems in that I was bought in here to build the team here. When I joined IBM I was joined under the condition that I have to work in this location.
      Nov 12, 2018
  • I'd hire your azz in 2 seconds. You're evidently smart enough to realize IBM is a hell hole in just 6 months - and you admit it. It takes most 4-5 years and that's 4-5 years of pure mental hell. And some are too proud to ever acknowledge it.

    If the pay reduction was $2000/mo less I'd still take it my friend. You'll never get even a COL pay raise with IBM, and certainly no performance/yearly increase. Your starting salary will more than likely go down significantly, in short time.

    I just saw an IBM Cloud commercial on TV. So for grins I went to their site to start a trial account. I was presented with Softlayer's old GUI with absolutely no features or anything useful. But a salesman will call you with a $500k proposal for customized Cloud services.

    IBM will show up with their arms stuck out and argue, fight and complain for 2 years, accomplish zero/nothing, then go home. You'll sue and get nothing as 14% of IBMs staff is legal/lawyers, but YOUR lawyers will love you $$$$

    Get out. Get out now
    Dec 9, 2018 1
    • New / Consultant

      New Consultant

      Can you please explain what is it that makes IBM that bad
      Dec 19, 2018
  • Amazon IdiotSDE
    Depends. How old are you? Are you single? What's the salary overall, do you have debt to tackle? Etc..
    Nov 12, 2018 1
    • IBM / Consultant grb1112
      No debts, married, no kids, age 32
      Nov 12, 2018


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