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I have an opportunity to interview for another job. It would be in the same field as I am in now - commercial insurance. The pay would be the same or better and also with the possibility of bonus yearly (my job has that now as well). It would be a combination of working from home and working at customers soliciting and helping them write business for the company. I would have a company car (which I do not have now). I like the idea of more time with the customers.

I like my current job but lately I have been feeling our company is less employee orientated which I have not felt in the past. I feel my manager does not have much authority and I get the feeling the authority she has she is afraid to use. My immediate supervisor is great to work for but she will be retiring within the next year and the person who may take her place I would have a real difficult time reporting to (as would everyone else in the department so why they feel they should put her in that role I will never understand-so that is another issue). The rest of the people I work with I enjoy. I have been at this company for 20 years so there is a lot of benefits built up-vacation, pension, etc. My pension would be paid out to me if I left as I am fully vested. My 401k could be moved to the new company. I get 31 days annually-to use for vacation and/or sick time.

I worry about where my company may be headed-I have nothing concrete but there have always been rumors that if there was a good offer we could be sold. When that happens another insurance company would be the purchaser and you end up with duplicate jobs so some would go. But I also worry about changing jobs at my age-if something happened at a new company I would not have the seniority I have currently so any layoff package could be minimal.

Goodness, if anyone is still reading this at this point- what would you do? Are there other things I should think about for either decision?
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I was taught that with a decision like this you make a list. Pros and Cons for each job. Then cross out the Pros. The question is, if worse came to worse, can you live with the cons?

What is the worst "con" about your present job? Can you live with it?

What is the worst "con" if you take this other job? Can you live with it?

You can always live with the Pros.

In your particular case, I would ask those people in your life whose opinion you really trust (apart from us LOL).

And just to make your life more difficult, there are some decisions which are both right and wrong or 50/50. Good luck on this one. It's a toughie!

Please let us know your thinking as you consider what to do.
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I agree in trying a pro & con list. It may help.
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Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
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Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Short and sweet. . Can you share why you think that?
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
From what I understand: you like the job, you have no concrete reason to think a buyout or merger is going to happen any time soon, you have seniority and a good benefits package, you have no idea how stable the new job/company would be, and bc it's he same industry, someone might tell that you are inteviewing (and do you know if there is even a do-not-compete clause??)

I say stay there and ask your current supervisor to groom you to take her position when she leaves! Or ask her to position you in a way that you can change your job description slightly when she leaves (or sooner) so you can have more client contact or whatever.

You are in a great position (situation). We are in a recession, girlfriend! Don't jump ship from a good job you like for comparable pay! (unless you just got a new degree or some other major skill)
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 10-17-2012 at 12:07 PM.
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Always, always go with your gut!
Good luck!
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Thanks SL. Thankfully we do not have any non compete restrictions. I have no desire for a supervisor role (and in order to do that I would have to work in the office and I do not want to give up working from home. and I would be a horrid supervisor). But there is some flexibility for more out of office one on one with my customers and I had not thought about that so thank you for mentioning that.
Central Massachusetts

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim. ~George Carlin~

In regards to Vagazzling: They just want to get into the goods without worrying about getting scratched up by fake crystals. ~spring1onu~
I would not trade a stable job in today's economy for a job you don't know.


Can you do what you want ( more clients) at your current company? What about vacation? Are you willing to go back to the standard 2 week vacation?
I don't see a reason for you to leave, you could be moving into a trap.
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