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Old 02-05-2012, 11:20 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,

I recently quit my job of 4 years back in October to join a company in Manhattan for a very large salary increase and better hours (in the PR/Communications field). I relocated to Manhattan (from Long Island) and was all set to start at this new job.

I've been working here for almost 4 months now and am just not that happy. It's a small company (about 10 full-time employees), with the CEO/founder in the office. Here are a few of my concerns:

1) When I took the job, it was relayed to me that 50% of my job would be PR and marketing related (something I excelled at in my previous position). However, I am able to devote about 5% of my time to this aspect of the job because of everything else given to me (in an area I don't like that much).
2) During the interview process I was told there would be myself and another person being hired to form a "communications" department. However, they never hired the second person and I was recently told they wouldn't be hiring anyone else anytime soon. (translation: twice the work for me).
3) Along with 90% of my work being stuff I don't enjoy, the CEO is a nutcase who really needs to retire. She is very old-fashioned executive who has no clue about the current Manhattan workforce. Unfortunately, she is ALWAYS in the office and is just terrible at managing people (always belittling them in front of other employees, terrible with direction, etc...).

I make over $60,000 a year...a huge jump in salary for me from my previous job. My concern is I just signed a lease for an apartment in Manhattan. Currently, I have enough in savings to cover rent and expenses for four months....should I just suck it up and work at this job that isn't that great, just to get a paycheck? Or should I jump out there and look for that "great" job I've been looking for, allowing me to use my talents? I'd be really nervous to quit, especially leaving me with no healthcare.....but it's such a miserable feeling to wake up every morning and DREAD going to work.

Opinions? I'm tired of hearing "you should just be happy to have a job." I get it, I'm fortunate to be employed....plenty of people would take my job and salary in a second.....but man, it's so tough to walk into that office every morning. I have thick skin, but I want to be happy....and this job is a soul crusher.

The ideal situation would be for me to obviously find a new job first then quit (I started the job search this week). But it's getting to a point where I just hate my life going into the office each day. This lease hanging over my head worries me..... I guess I'm wondering how easy it is to get a new job in the PR/Communications industry in Manhattan. It took me 3-4 months to leave my previous job, but I lived on Long Island at the time, so maybe those Manhattan companies passed on my resume because of the "relocation" factor. I don't know. It's almost to the point where I want to quit so I can devote my time to job searching rather than just taking an hour or two each day to do so.

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Old 02-06-2012, 05:57 AM
 
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To me this seems like a crazy question. Look for another job while working there. It's much easier to find a job when you already have one. By just quitting you are likely to entirely wipe out your savings and potentially get yourself into a mountain of debt that is very hard to climb out of due to the interest. --Unless you have a family who are willing/able to support you while you are unemployed of course, but you didn't mention that.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Do NOT quit the soul sucking job, I cannot emphasize this enough. Odds are that after a horrific period with no income you'll settle for another just as bad.

Since you are new at the game, perhaps in a few months or years it will get less awful? Perhaps the CEO will drop dead? Perhaps you will meet a peer with a good job lead?

Hang in there...if needs be and worse comes to worst, you can make your REAL feelings known and probably be fired (or promoted) but wait until March 31st by which time you will have put in a full quarter and are able to collect Unemployment. You will get $405 a week, for possibly 2 years, whille you look for another job. Finding a job while unemployed is no picnic, but not a lot worse than trying for one wile employed.
But collecting $405 while trying to do it sure beats doing it on NOTHING a week.


But rest assured, MOST jobs suck.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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It's much easier to find a job when you already have one.
This.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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Don't quit. Just start looking for a new job. Suck it up for now. It's hard to read the actual story when you're saying you're doing "twice the work" that you should because they didn't hire the other person, but you also said that your hours are much better. You are getting paid well, and have good hours. It might not be a dream job, but do not quit before you have something else. It's up to you now to look for something else. Now that you are in Manhattan and already employed, it will be easier for you.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:49 AM
 
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Don't quit. Just start looking for a new job. Suck it up for now. It's hard to read the actual story when you're saying you're doing "twice the work" that you should because they didn't hire the other person, but you also said that your hours are much better. You are getting paid well, and have good hours. It might not be a dream job, but do not quit before you have something else. It's up to you now to look for something else. Now that you are in Manhattan and already employed, it will be easier for you.
It's tough to explain, but my last job was ridiculous hours and low pay for the region (it was my first full-time job, what can I say?). I needed it to get my foot in the door and I stuck it out for a few years. It was definitely more lenient when it came to breaks, lunch, etc....this new job is more corporate and very "by the book." Regardless, yes, I get paid pretty well. But I'd gladly take a 10g pay cut to be happy and not deal with the BS. Twice the work, with a good amount of that work that was supposed to be picked up by the other hire that never came about. It's almost to the point where I'd rather quit, take up a restaurant job (I was a server for 5 years in the past) and just pay the bills.....I'll be honest, I'm probably going to talk in circles on this one....

For now, I'm at the office and need to get 30 hours worth of work done in 8.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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For now, I'm at the office and need to get 30 hours worth of work done in 8.
Try pointing this out to the CEO.
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:00 AM
 
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Try pointing this out to the CEO.
I did this on Friday.....was told that it wasn't a lot of work (the usual "Oh, you can't handle the workload?" in so many words....). I've come to realize most CEO's and executives are clueless. I'm probably preaching to the choir, but I just want to make sure I'm not one of the few out there that experiences this.

Am I naive for thinking I can be happy in a job/workplace?
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Old 02-06-2012, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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I'm going to say it again, "Be happy you have a job."

I've worked for PR companies and they are the hardest hit in a bad economy. They are the first to lay off and the last to start hiring again. Stay in the job while you work for another. At worse, they will fire you and you can collect UI. Do what you can while you are there and see what you can learn. There is always something to learn in everything you do.

Oh, and all employers lie. You have just learned that.
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Old 02-06-2012, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY born & raised!
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Welcome to working in Manhattan.

Having worked in Long Island and Manhattan, I can tell you the atmosphere and the pay is like night and day.

You will always get a lot more money in Manhattan but it comes at a price of working longer hours and usually having someone micro managing you. Long Island tends to be a little more lax in that regard. Also, the thing to keep in mind is because of the current state of the economy, some places do treat their employees badly because they know they can be replaced in a heartbeat due to so many people looking for a job. They look at it as everyone is replaceable, so if you don't do a good enough job, you're done.

You are also right in that employers DO discriminate based on your current location. I have seen owners and upper management who would not hire someone who was qualified based on how far they lived from the job. They automatically assume you will have commuting issues. Same for people who try to apply from another state. They are more likely to take someone local.

I would say keep looking while employed. It's hard to work in a place you hate every day, I know, I've been there numerous times. You can do it. Just keep in mind don't limit yourself to just Manhattan. There's also jobs in the other boroughs that pay just as much, as well as in NJ and CT.
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