Would you trade you're job for a lower paying remote job (hypothetical)
I’m currently the sole UX designer at a small (about 10 team members) 100% remote company. I’m thinking of trying to make the jump to Microsoft or Amazon. To help make the decision I wanted to describe what it’s like working here, and see how many UX designers at Microsoft or Amazon would want to swap jobs (hypothetically of course).
My company makes a web-based product that probation officers around the country use to assess the risks and needs of offenders (mostly juveniles), and create a treatment plan with them, rather then sending them to jail (as long as they are not high-risk).
The company is based out of Redding, Ca. I started with them 2.5 years ago while I was living there. I moved to Seattle a year ago (I’m originally from Washington) as a potential career move, and to move closer to family.
Like I said I work remotely. I usually work from home (North Seattle), though sometimes I work from coffee shops. I’ve also been able to travel to Europe and Africa while working. While I tend to work a traditional 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday schedule along with the rest of my team, I’m able to set my own hours. That means if I need to run an errand, I can go when there’s little traffic. Or I can pop out mid-day to take my 2 year old son to the park. My company just wants us to finish our sprints. Speaking of my son, I’m always here with him. On my breaks (I do the pomodoro technique) I can play with him. It’s awesome. I never miss a thing.
Oh, I also have unlimited PTO. I also never have to ask for it. I tell them when I’m taking off.
Sounds like a dream so far, right?
I’m paid $77k/yr. The last two Christmas’s I received a $1000 bonus. That’s it. That’s my compensation.
So, would any UXers at Microsoft or Amazon swap jobs with me. Why or why not?