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ElementZ 01-19-12 09:59 AM

Relocating for work - Experiences?
 
Not sure why I am putting it all out on here but I think I just wanted to get my thoughts all down in front of me and this seems as good of a place as any.

Some backstory…Lived in city (Saint John) (or outskirts, Rothesay) all my life and have worked for my present company for 5+ years. Love the company and could see myself retiring with them in the next 30 years. Wifey also has worked for same company (different division) for about 4 years and she feels the same. With the office (~250 employees) that I work in, we also have 3 sister offices (~1000+ employees combined) in another city (Moncton) less than 90 minutes away. Last April, I was brought on to work on what is one of the larger projects in the company’s history (began in 08, almost a billion $ for cost, etc.) This was to be for 1.5 years until project completion and once finished then I would be back working in my regular group. Having said that, I have been travelling a lot over the past 8-9 months…..usually 3 weeks away living in hotels, then 2 weeks back in the local office. It’s been fun as I met a lot of great people, ate at some really nice restaurants, and drank tons of beer all on the company’s dime. But at the same time, I missed out on a lot of projects I had ear-marked for around the house over the summer since I was never around.

In November, we found out that my department (12 people) will be relocating to our other offices, not really a huge deal to me as those rumors have been circulating around for a while and there are a few other department that I wouldn’t mind working in. However, at that time I had a brief conversation with my manager (he is based in Moncton) and he feels the best fit for me and my career is to relocate to one of the other offices in the Moncton. His reasoning is that I am still young in my career and there are many more opportunities in Moncton than Saint John, which is true, but there are also 5x the employees whom I will be competing with….seems like anything new that comes thru the pipeline always goes there rather than our office.

If this was 2.5 years ago, I would move in a heartbeat, but we purchased our house back in Sept 09 when the market was a little higher than what it is now…considering that we don’t have much of the principle paid down in those 2 years we have lived there, I don’t want to be put into a position where I will be taking a huge hit. We both really love our house…not so much the house but the property we have, the neighborhood we live in, and some of our close friends and family that live in close proximity (walking distance)…Socially, the last two years have probably been the most fun we have had. We entertain a lot, our friends entertain and so do my sister and BIL. Plenty of parties, bonfires, bbqs, washer toss/horse shoe tournaments, pool parties, etc….just all around good times with good people and the fact we can stumble home or clean up the back yard the next day is a huge bonus.

As much fun as that is, our careers should come first imo but it is still important to have a healthy work/life balance….the only people I have really discussed this was with my parents and they said they would be sad to see us leave but ultimately it is our decision and it is only a short drive. Some of our friends have a suspicion we might be leaving but we haven’t really let them in on anything just yet. I will be travelling back up to Moncton for the next two weeks and am planning a sit down with my Manager to discuss some the details and express my concerns. My main 3 concerns were 1) I want to know what role I will be in before I commit to relocating, 2) place wifey in a job in her field, 3) financially make sense to make the move…

1 and 2 have recently been solved but the big one is #3. As I pointed out above, I don’t want to get hit with taking a loss with the house and come up with all of the other expenses to move, and purchase another house/closing costs, connection fees, bank penalties etc. I have heard through the grapevine that my company will take care of you in that sense…cover all moving expenses, pay realtor fees, bank fees, etc…I believe you get a few market assessments done and go from there, if house isn’t sold within 30 days, company will step in and buy it….perhaps even a decent salary increase (10%?) for the move alone. That’s what I heard but for now I treat it as hearsay. I need to have that in writing from my manager/HR first before I can make a decision….if all of the above is true then it would make my decision a little easier…if none of the above is true then I would have to refuse…but I am guessing it will be a combination of both where we will have to sit down and mull it over.

I started to write down some Pros/Cons….

Pros
Moncton is a better city overall than SJ….but if I do relocate, I am looking for something toward the outskirts, some land, etc
Real estate market seems better priced
Not a long drive to travel back and forth to visit family/friends…plenty of places to crash for a night or two
More stability – SJ office has been here 10 years, I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon but still that chance in 5-10 years.
More opportunities to move up for both me and wifey
More golf courses, theme park, casino, always get the big concerts, etc

Cons
Friends/family here…I have a new niece who is my god daughter and feel terrible for moving away
Leaving our house, land, neighborhood
Stressful process
Potential financial loss…something I didn’t mention is there are a few things I would want to do around the house to increase value…nothing too serious
More opportunities mentioned above but have to compete and stand out amongst many more people
Unfamiliar with a decent area of where to move.

I just want to make the right decision and be confident that it is the decision for us. If I stay, I might regret it….if I relocate, I might regret it…

RichC2 01-19-12 10:06 AM

Re: Relocating for work - Experiences?
 
If I'm happy where I'm at, I'd say fuck it and find a new job in the same area. Unless it feels like you're just spinning your wheels there.

Career comes behind having an enjoyable, meaningful existence. You must be making some serious cash.

I relocated about 4 years ago with a job offer, but I was tired of the city and ready for something new. I've since been offered several higher paying jobs in other cities, but I'm happy here for the time being so I turned them down. So it all depends on what you feel, but honestly don't put overemphasis on the career.

Funkpie 01-19-12 10:19 AM

Re: Relocating for work - Experiences?
 
I relocated 10 years ago, and have turned down 2 jobs since the move. Just remember you work to live, not the other way around, and you'll be fine.

The Bus 01-19-12 01:29 PM

Re: Relocating for work - Experiences?
 
Usually relos like that can be very expensive for the company, so if they are willing to do it, it means they've got high hopes for you.

From what I can gather in Wikipedia, your employer has been voted one of the best managed companies in Canada, so hopefully they can do this right.

Sdallnct 01-19-12 01:47 PM

Re: Relocating for work - Experiences?
 
Also keep in mind that companies that want to invest in you, want to see what you are willing to do for them. They know moving is a huge deal. If your willing to do that for them, they look at you in a different light. It also puts you at a competitive advantage within the company as many (most) people just aren't willing to move.

Moving is a big issue within my company and department as well. I've don't it...sort of. Right now I'm not willing to do it again. But I would never eliminate it or let it get out to much that I'm "not mobile".

clckworang 01-19-12 02:25 PM

Re: Relocating for work - Experiences?
 

Originally Posted by RichC2 (Post 11081912)
If I'm happy where I'm at, I'd say fuck it and find a new job in the same area. Unless it feels like you're just spinning your wheels there.

Career comes behind having an enjoyable, meaningful existence. You must be making some serious cash.

I relocated about 4 years ago with a job offer, but I was tired of the city and ready for something new. I've since been offered several higher paying jobs in other cities, but I'm happy here for the time being so I turned them down. So it all depends on what you feel, but honestly don't put overemphasis on the career.

I guess with this. For me, my personal life is far more important to me than my career. It's tough because I'm not really happy in my current job, but there aren't that many opportunities for me where I live. If I moved, there would be a lot more jobs I could apply to and my skills are actually more in demand. But I also wouldn't be able to afford to live in the same manner.

The cost of living is super low down here, so there's no way I would be able to afford a house, much less one as roomy as the one I'm in now. Plus, I have a great bunch of friends, and my house has sort of become the unofficial clubhouse. I'm always entertaining and having fun at my place. The fun on the weekends makes trudging through the work week worth it. If I lived somewhere else, I might be more satisfied in my job, but I wonder if I would be as happy. I'm not sure if I would, at least not at this point in my life.

It's a tough decision, to be sure.

palebluedot 01-19-12 04:05 PM

Re: Relocating for work - Experiences?
 
Life is all about your experiences...good and bad. With my job I have lived in 4 different countries, learned 3 different languages, made lots of friends and opened up tons of opportunities. I generally throw caution to the wind...but that's just me.

Dan 01-19-12 04:11 PM

Re: Relocating for work - Experiences?
 
I like Moncton. Riverview is a nice area to live in, from what I hear.

I say do it.

kenbuzz 01-19-12 07:56 PM

Re: Relocating for work - Experiences?
 
Moncton NB anagrams to Snowmen Know Crib ****, so it's got that going for it as well! :up:


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