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Old 06-17-2019, 06:06 PM
 
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To have a job that is stress free and just a job where whatever happens that day is history?

Opposite of a job that a mistake you make today could come back to get you 3 weeks later.

I'm happy with my job now but I sometimes think about 10 years from now. I'm good at budgeting & I could see myself just quitting a job and taking a pay cut just to live stress free.

I know not everybody can do this because of family or debt but I could be in a great situation to do so with other benefiting factors.

Anybody done this?
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Old 06-17-2019, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I did a step down about a year before I retired... was a manager working a high stress job mega hour job on swing shift. I transferred to a day shift, technical job for the last year I worked. Then it was an 8 hour day, 5 day a week, and nothing walked out the door with me mentally at the end of the day.
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Old 06-17-2019, 06:19 PM
 
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"Anybody done this?"
did it in 1996....but....
accepted another position
with double the money until
the Great Recession of 2005.
(that is when it started for us).
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Old 06-17-2019, 06:54 PM
 
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I've never stepped down from a good job. I've stepped down from a higher paying job.

I took a $16k pay cut to come to the company I'm at now. The old place was a terrible job. It was high stress, low reward, taking less pay for a better job was the best decision I made in years.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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I would never leave a GOOD job However, I have stepped down from stressful, higher paying jobs.

I had a job in an area of the country I didn't like that paid very well but was stressful, had 70-75 hour workweeks and unappreciative leadership.

I decided I had enough of that and found a different job in an area of the country that I DO like (here) that is much less stressful with a better company. I took a significant pay cut ($18 K/year) but the COL is much lower here so I pretty much broke even financially. In terms of quality of life, I came out way ahead.

The only regret that I have is that I didn't make the decision sooner.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:31 PM
 
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No such thing, "Up or Out" is the reality now.

Hypothetically let's say I make a tidy sum off my crypto investments. I would not quit my job for a lower paying job because unfortunately virtually ALL jobs beneath me are just as stressful (if not more) with the added sting of less pay to boot. No thanks!!!

My parents are retired they can work any job they want to make a little extra cash on top of the pension. They refuse to work low level jobs these days because they are even more stressful than the job they retired from. And the city jobs they had were filled with politics, drama and constant issues in these departments.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Originally Posted by Marie Joseph View Post
I would never leave a GOOD job However, I have stepped down from stressful, higher paying jobs.

I had a job in an area of the country I didn't like that paid very well but was stressful, had 70-75 hour workweeks and unappreciative leadership.

I decided I had enough of that and found a different job in an area of the country that I DO like (here) that is much less stressful with a better company. I took a significant pay cut ($18 K/year) but the COL is much lower here so I pretty much broke even financially. In terms of quality of life, I came out way ahead.

The only regret that I have is that I didn't make the decision sooner.
I did exactly this, although my pay cut was closer to $40k. Well worth it.

The job I accepted wasn't exactly as simple as the hypothetical the OP posted, and two promotions later I am definitely thinking about the long term consequences of my decisions, but the general principle remains.
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Southern Most New Jersey
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I walked from what others thought were good jobs. I walked as soon as I started to see lying by employer (lower pay than promised, increasing/unreasonable responsibilities). It took a few weeks but I landed on my feet.

I checked up on employers years latter. One went bankrupt the other company was purchased by another company.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Yes. And I will do it again some day!
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Yes, but there was always a calculated gamble where I thought things would work out in my favor. It didn't always play out that way.
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