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Old 10-05-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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Well, just found out. It's non-negotiable. As per the HR rep, "this is non-negotiable as per Total Rewards and these are company wide established policies."

So I have a big decision to make. A 20% cut still means I'm within my budget, but I just hate the fact that what I save each month will be reduced significantly as some costs wont change that much. Like fuel, utilities and alimony.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Inman Park
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Don't do it. That's absolutely ridiculous. You're being asked to uproot your entire life, family, and friends, and a paycut isn't appropriate. Stay in New Jersey.

I work in human resources. They can say whatever they want about total rewards, but if you're worth it to them, they'll pay for it. If they won't pay and you have a choice, stay put.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:11 AM
 
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You could try Lithia Springs (in Douglas County). It's 20 minutes to downtown, much better traffic than if you live up in Gwinnett or Cobb county. It's much cheaper, too.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:13 AM
 
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Don't do it. That's absolutely ridiculous. You're being asked to uproot your entire life, family, and friends, and a paycut isn't appropriate. Stay in New Jersey.

I work in human resources. They can say whatever they want about total rewards, but if you're worth it to them, they'll pay for it. If they won't pay and you have a choice, stay put.
Actually, I'm the one requesting the re-location so I am at their mercy. For my role, I can only operate out of Secaucus, NJ or Atlanta as those are the locations my colleagues and management would come to for meetings and such. All my staff are in London and India, so hence I am able to work from home. Of course I put in 12 to 14 hour days by starting at 5AM and weekends so that I'm available for most of Europe , India and the US time zones.

I'm making one last plea to them to see if they will compromise with a 5% cut off the top and a pay freeze for 5 years. If not, then it's only logical I stay in NJ as I make out better in terms of net $$$ each month. It's disappointing to me, only because a few years ago a staff member requested to relocate and HR gave him the option of a 15% pay cut, a 7.5% pay cut with a 2 year freeze, or no pay cut with a 5 year freeze, and he was just and Associate staff member. I'm an Associate Director and am not being given the same courtesy. There is no one in NJ, or the US for that matter that I report to so I should be given some consideration. Or I would have at least hoped.

Well it is what it is. Can't always have everything, so we'll see.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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If you do end up moving to Metro Atlanta, and based on your criteria/desires:

Cherokee County
Southern Bartow County
Paulding County
Forsyth County
Southern Hall County
Northern Gwinnett County
Northwestern Cobb County
Western Douglas County
Eastern Carroll County
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:58 PM
 
Location: GA
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Keep in mind that housing is less than NJ, as is auto insurance, but most other expenses are the same (clothing, food, etc). Good luck!
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:20 AM
 
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We are currently moving from Dacula, GA to Jersey City, NJ. Imo, The cost of living difference is probably more like 48%. You will pay much less here for housing, taxes, tolls, insurance, food, ect... We are leaving a 4 bedroom home in a beautiful golf course community with great neighbors,schools, shopping, and restuarants. We will probably rent our home here for approx $1500 a month. We are moving to a small 2 bedroom apt and will be paying $3345 a month with an additional $175 for a parking space. Definitely try to negotiate the best deal, but even at a 20% cut IMO you will probably come out ahead. As far as finding nice suburban rental look at Hamilton Mill in Dacula GA. It is an approx 2000 home golf course community with a few rentals in your price range. That is where we live and we love the area and schools. We are just a few miles from the largest mall in the southeast. I have several friends who moved to our neighborhood from NJ and they love it. What township are you moving from? People here don't realize how small the towns are in NJ. One of my girlfriends is from Totawa and her hometown is smaller than our subdivision. I think we are both in for a culture shock. Please feel free to email me with any questions or to share any advice for us. Best of Luck
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:27 AM
 
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Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions and assistance. I've decided it does not make financial sense to relocate at this time. My HR team is unwilling to negotiate and have taken a take it or leave it attitude. I will get to ATL or somewhere better than NJ at some point. It's just not in the cards for me right now.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:01 AM
 
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I think you made a good decision. I was transferred here from NY and did not take a pay cut.
Not sure if you said why you wanted to move to Atlanta but life is much different here.
I would not take a pay cut to live here. It's nice but the energy and arts of the east is missing.
You also can check out other employment opportunities.
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