Job Advice

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    Aug 14, 2009 7:42 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    Im just looking for some friendly input on this job situation that I have.

    Right now, I work for a great company. I really enjoy the people and the work I do, With that being said, the commute sucks and I am paid entirely off of commission. Also, right now the brokerage firm I am with will only allow me to sell mutual funds, and offers no way for me to improve my career in that sense.

    They are planning to open an office in Walnut Creek, which would help my commute, however my Boss has not given me an answer yet as to if I can go there, and if I were to go I would have to go into management at my company, meaning I would be there for a while.

    Then I have this other job offer from a very reputable company doing the same thing. I would work for an independent firm, and would be paid to shadow and train for the next year. There are also opportunities here to sell individual stocks and bonds, and give investment advice. My career here could lead me to opening up my own firm in 10 years, as opposed to managing an office. On top of that, they are willing to put me into the Walnut Creek office.

    So do I leave the firm I am with, being paid on commission entirely, to go with this better offer and better opportunities or do I remain loyal and hope that I can hitch a ride to Walnut Creek?

    Any input is appreciated.
  • Webster666

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    Aug 14, 2009 9:00 PM GMT
    Loyal ?!
    Loyal to a company who is simply using you and holding you back ?
    Get out of that rut ASAP.
    Your entire future is waiting for you at the new company.

    JUMP !
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    Aug 14, 2009 9:02 PM GMT
    Jump as quickly as you can. No company deserves loyalty!
  • EricLA

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    Aug 15, 2009 12:14 AM GMT
    Mostly agree with the previous posters. Companies rarely look out for their employees nowadays. "Loyalty" is being sentimental, to an extent. It's not likely to get you very far. You're a young guy and should look to climb the ladder when the right opportunity comes your way. However, I don't see how being management would necessarily lock you in to the company. I see it as providing you with skills that make you more marketable. They give you transferable skills and make you really attractive to other employers.

    Given the uncertainty in the economy right now, being paid to be trained for a year sounds like a really attractive option. Gives you guaranteed income in case times get lean. The economy is still rocky right now. It's good to have this sort of option. And the fact they would put you in a shorter commute is definitely a plus.

    I think you have your answer, unless your employer is willing to pay to keep you and moves you to Walnut Creek.
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    Aug 15, 2009 12:53 AM GMT
    By the looks of your post, it seems that you already have made up your mind, and just want our confirmation. If that is so, go for it and jump ship. You have not put in a single negative about the new job-opportunity.
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    Aug 15, 2009 1:09 AM GMT
    Unless you have your own car, commuting or hitching a ride from someone can be a bitch after a while, they could get annoyed and leave you late for work. I'd say - go for the new company - the current company sounds a bit shaky - paid commission only, nothing to fall back on, your boss not clear on whether to send you to Walnut Creek. At the end of the day, do what is best for you - be loyal to yourself - not for the company - esp. in this economy crisis. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 15, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    No one gets anywhere staying put - when your as young as you are - you need to experience dif companies and build your skills - take the leap and go for it! Wish you the best.
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    Aug 15, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    I have worked for the same company for over 10 years. I was laid off once and brought back on after they lost a couple other guys who worked with me. I no longer have loyalty to the company. I do, however, have loyalty to my department and coworkers.

    I would strongly suggest leaving for a better opportunity. It's your future you have to consider. I'm not a good example, merely a lesson learned.
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    Aug 15, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
    Take the second thing if you can get it in writing, and don't look back. You will take risks throughout your career. Once you get the offer in writing, your current employer may give you a counter offer. Welcome to the professional world. If you're good, you'll be recognized. You have to do what's best for you. Sometimes, you outgrow a position. Sounds like you're ready to move on.
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    Aug 16, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    You guys are right, and it is a little more than an offer, I go in on thursday to get my background check for this other company and then if that goes through I will start to work for them.

    It sucks leaving the company im with, especially since I have met and love the people I work with, something that is very important to me. At the same time, I was employed as an independent contractor, and I said that I wanted to target gay businesses, however all that they trained me to do is to work with teachers in the financial industry, so I had no training for what I wanted to accomplish. Second, they rushed me onto the field as soon as possible, so to me it feels like they want me to make as much business for them as possible before I get out of the door. The other company, while just a front, doesn't seem that way because the boss told me that the last intern was an intern for a year longer than he wanted. It seems to focus on the long term development and retention of employees more, something that is valuable to me.

    The third problem I have is that when they open the new office, the manager said he could only take 2 people with him, and I know there is another new higher looking for that spot as well. Essentially, they don't take care of their employees, and it is clear to me that I am cannon fodder. So I really struggle with the fact that I want to stay in a company that is simply making me run a rat race to move to my hometown, and I am for sure as fuck not being stuck in San Jose because they want to pick and choose. I know I am hot shit in this industry, I can tell because I got an offer my first week into the field. On top of that, I have struggled to find a reason to stay in the company for the past two weeks now, and I cant even think of one.

    Any input on this new info would be great. I think im being a fool by thinking that I should stay for a company with no opportunity, that treats its employees like cattle, and has crap for pay just because I like the people.