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Old 06-12-2007, 08:04 PM
 
Location: DC burbs
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We spent five days in Dallas (North Dallas & Plano) and really like it. We feel like it is a place we could really live. The people, the housing, and school options are to our liking.

My husband had a job interview but the job wasn't a good fit for his skill-set. He has his resume out there but he does cleared computer work. It's available but harder to find in Dallas than where we currently live.

There is a shot that his current employer will have openings in Dallas in a few months, perhaps 4-6.

Now the Federal Goverment here has offered him a job here. For 25% less than what he currently makes, because, heck, they are the government. They sell their benefits and stability to prospective employees. At his age, I am not so sure it is worth the pay cut.

I know we'd like to get out of dodge, so to speak. But what to do?

In the long run I think moving to Dallas is what will work for us and our family.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:22 PM
 
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Excuse me for asking, what's 'cleared computer work' ?
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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Did you try Raytheon? They have several plants in the area, and they pay quite well. They have varying levels of clearance just depending. They offer much more stable employment compared to T.I.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:30 PM
 
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I believe Raytheon in Mckinney alone employs thousands. They make ground communications and guidance systems up there...
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:32 PM
 
Location: DC burbs
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Excuse me for asking, what's 'cleared computer work' ?

Work that requires a top secret clearance.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:45 PM
 
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Got it. Then Defense would probably be the best fit (Raytheon, L-3, etc.).

Gov't does not pay well and is typically not that challenging (I grew up in DC, so I know Gov't jobs well).
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:48 PM
 
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Don't govt. jobs usually provide good insurance and retirement plans though?
I'd think longivety (sp) would be more secure in a govt. job than a public sector job. Am I wrong about my assumption? Just curious.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:55 PM
 
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I believe most new Gov't employees get a 403B option, which is similar to a 401K, but is designed for non-profits. With the exception of the military, I don't think the straight retirement plan exist anymore in the Gov't for new people, just tenured ones. Also, when you weigh the cost of lost wages, you can do far better in the long run investing your own money and making more for doing similar work.

Also, a place like Raytheon provides outstanding benefits. I work in a large Fortune 100 company and I'd put my benefits up against Gov't bennies any day of the week.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:57 PM
 
Location: DC burbs
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Don't govt. jobs usually provide good insurance and retirement plans though?
I'd think longivety (sp) would be more secure in a govt. job than a public sector job. Am I wrong about my assumption? Just curious.
That's the thing. My husband is no young chicken. A gov't job would protect him from age discrimination down the road and a sense of security. The insurance is amazing but the retirement is no big deal for someone in their late forties.
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:09 PM
 
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Thanks for your reply.

Old age stinks. I have so many friends that are being hit with the jobs in the public sector laying them off (including my ex). One of my friends lost his job at the age of 56 and had been with the company for over 25 years. He fortunately found another job but it wasn't easy. He was over qualified for most jobs. Or at least that is what he was often told.

I wish you and your husband the best. I know this can't be an easy decision.
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