There’s always a period of transition when you move from one place of work to another. I’ll try to quickly highlight the major adjustments.
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MegaSoftwareCo carried over the salaries that employees were making at StartupVille. This meant that I was able to retain the raise that my manager gave me during the final year, making my salary a fat 115K/yr. Additionally, Mega provided a superior total compensation suite which included:
- 401(k) match up to 6%
- Employee Stock Purchase Plan (5% discounted shares of Mega)
- Cheaper and more complete health care coverage
- Paid Overtime @1.5x the hourly rate. (Note: I didn’t initially understand just how big a deal this particular item is — OT rocks. I devote half a page to this later on.)
The only downside to all of this was the allocation of vacation days, which were set at a pathetic 10/yr for new employees. So although I’d be paid plenty to perform my function, it also appeared I’d be performing a whole ton of it.
MegaSoftwareCo was located in a town 19 miles away. This means I’m in my car again for decent stretches of the day. I went from my 15 minute commute to about 30.
I just sucked it up and did it. After all, I’d recently bought a house and wasn’t going to move again. If anything I was thankful that it wasn’t further away, and I was grateful to live in a residence that ended up being relatively close by to the new gig.
Plus, Mega had a generous telecommuting policy, AKA work-from-home, which helped to keep me off the road just enough to stay sane.
It wasn’t as good as StartupVille, and I missed living 2-3 miles away from my employer like I did with SoftwareCompany and FinancialCompany, but it was a workable arrangement and I was able to adapt to it without too much trouble.
I’ll get a bit deeper into how I feel about working out of a home office later on in this post. I know that some people love it, but I personally found the experience to be a mixed bag.