How much money would you leave on the table to leave a job you hated?

Verbal Kint Senior Member
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 11:59 AM

$213K

kizer permanente Senior Member
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 1:16 PM
posted by justincredible

Counter: how much additional money would it take to get you to leave a job you actually like? I was contacted by a recruiter with a job I am definitely qualified for that would come with a 40% pay increase. That's a lot of cheese to ignore.

Honestly I wouldn’t leave this job unless it was for my original job before my previous job. And even then it’d have to be a 20% raise to even think about it. 


queencitybuckeye Senior Member
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 1:16 PM
posted by justincredible

Counter: how much additional money would it take to get you to leave a job you actually like? I was contacted by a recruiter with a job I am definitely qualified for that would come with a 40% pay increase. That's a lot of cheese to ignore.

Probably a tougher question than the original with all the factors. At one time, 40% would literally be life-changing. Now, still nice but would probably just go into the investment account. Whether it's where one currently lives or would need to move to somewhere you may or may not be interested in. For everyone, the known (a job you like) vs. the unknown.

Heretic Son of the Sun
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 1:22 PM
posted by Ironman92

Yeah I have a spin-off idea as well


Please say it's: "You have a job you like, but one co-worker you really hate who makes things kind of miserable...how much would you pay to have him or her whacked?"

justincredible Honorable Admin
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 1:24 PM
posted by Heretic

Please say it's: "You have a job you like, but one co-worker you really hate who makes things kind of miserable...how much would you pay to have him or her whacked?"

How loud do they eat?

Ironman92 Administrator
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 3:21 PM
posted by Heretic

Please say it's: "You have a job you like, but one co-worker you really hate who makes things kind of miserable...how much would you pay to have him or her whacked?"

I believe every job has that person (s)


sportchampps Senior Member
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 5:01 PM
posted by justincredible

Counter: how much additional money would it take to get you to leave a job you actually like? I was contacted by a recruiter with a job I am definitely qualified for that would come with a 40% pay increase. That's a lot of cheese to ignore.

If I read good reviews or knew someone who worked there that said the company was okay it would be hard to turn down a 40% bump. I guess other factors would be location/cost of living and work/life balance. I could definitely give a few more hours of my life/work balance for 40% a year. 


sportchampps Senior Member
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 5:04 PM
posted by Heretic

Please say it's: "You have a job you like, but one co-worker you really hate who makes things kind of miserable...how much would you pay to have him or her whacked?"

Haha it would depend on what level they are within the workplace. If you wanna kill an incompetent CEO or Boss I would be willing to pay more then just an annoying peer since the boss/ceo has more affect on me.


justincredible Honorable Admin
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Fri, Feb 19, 2021 5:14 PM
posted by queencitybuckeye

Probably a tougher question than the original with all the factors. At one time, 40% would literally be life-changing. Now, still nice but would probably just go into the investment account. Whether it's where one currently lives or would need to move to somewhere you may or may not be interested in. For everyone, the known (a job you like) vs. the unknown.

posted by sportchampps
If I read good reviews or knew someone who worked there that said the company was okay it would be hard to turn down a 40% bump. I guess other factors would be location/cost of living and work/life balance. I could definitely give a few more hours of my life/work balance for 40% a year. 

100% remote. Based out of CA, and it looks like most other devs would be based out of the home office. It would offer us A LOT of flexibility, but the "what you know vs what you don't know" factor is huge.

thavoice Senior Member
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Tue, Mar 2, 2021 1:07 PM

I took a job, my current one, knowing I was going to be forfeiting a $20,000 bonus I was due to receive from my part time job.


Sucked at the time but I knew I would make up for it in 2 years at the current position so it was worth it in the end.

sportchampps Senior Member
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Tue, Mar 2, 2021 9:30 PM
posted by justincredible
posted by sportchampps
If I read good reviews or knew someone who worked there that said the company was okay it would be hard to turn down a 40% bump. I guess other factors would be location/cost of living and work/life balance. I could definitely give a few more hours of my life/work balance for 40% a year. 

100% remote. Based out of CA, and it looks like most other devs would be based out of the home office. It would offer us A LOT of flexibility, but the "what you know vs what you don't know" factor is huge.

Yeah my wife is going thru this now. She was offered a position with the Raiders but at a huge pay cut, now she’s waiting on an offer from a company in Salt Lake. Right now she has her base salary  , a 20% bonus level that was 25% this year based on Walmart having a good year, and 2 more years of a 40k retention bonus.  She will have to give up the retention bonus and go to a 10% bonus but should have a higher base. She’s so unhappy now though she will take the pay cut just to leave.


brutus161 The Navy Guy
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Thu, Mar 4, 2021 9:57 AM

When I started at my current company three years ago, I took a very low salary (and lower position) to get my foot in the door. After retiring from the Navy, companies did not want to give me a chance in my new chosen field (HR). In the three years since being hired, I have been promoted to Director and my salary has more than doubled (and next year's raise has already been negotiated). It was a risk I took because I believed in myself. The risk paid off. 

thavoice Senior Member
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Fri, Mar 5, 2021 10:47 AM
posted by brutus161

When I started at my current company three years ago, I took a very low salary (and lower position) to get my foot in the door. After retiring from the Navy, companies did not want to give me a chance in my new chosen field (HR). In the three years since being hired, I have been promoted to Director and my salary has more than doubled (and next year's raise has already been negotiated). It was a risk I took because I believed in myself. The risk paid off. 

Why do you think that is this case? Age?  Your love of Seaman (ha ha)?

Most I believe would want to hire a vet, however I did get discriminated against as a Reservist.  Had them tell me straight up they would not have hired me if they knew I would need all the time off, even though it is the law.   

Verbal Kint Senior Member
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Fri, Mar 5, 2021 12:03 PM
posted by sportchampps

Yeah my wife is going thru this now. She was offered a position with the Raiders but at a huge pay cut, now she’s waiting on an offer from a company in Salt Lake. Right now she has her base salary  , a 20% bonus level that was 25% this year based on Walmart having a good year, and 2 more years of a 40k retention bonus.  She will have to give up the retention bonus and go to a 10% bonus but should have a higher base. She’s so unhappy now though she will take the pay cut just to leave.


Living in Salt Lake has got to worth a few $10K over living in Las Vegas


brutus161 The Navy Guy
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Fri, Mar 5, 2021 2:48 PM
posted by thavoice

Why do you think that is this case? Age?  Your love of Seaman (ha ha)?

Most I believe would want to hire a vet, however I did get discriminated against as a Reservist.  Had them tell me straight up they would not have hired me if they knew I would need all the time off, even though it is the law.   

Because I spent 21 years working on nuclear weapons on submarines, and companies could not see that I possessed the skills to do the job. Finally, one did. 

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