I got a job offer in Pittsburgh yesterday. It’s conditional on me passing a background check, which I don’t see as an issue, so really, I have an offer. I’ve verbally agreed to it this morning to start the background check process.
It’s a *very* good offer too – $2k less/year than I make here in DC, but with *much* better benefits and a lower cost of living area. I’m basically getting a 20-30% raise given the cost of living difference. There’s only a small stipend available for moving expenses ($1,500) – not near enough to cover what it’ll cost, but it’s something – and I can deduct the rest on my taxes.
There is a tax-deferred plan with an 8% contribution and it vests in 3 years. I don’t have to contribute a dime (although I plan to). Health insurance will cost us about $200 less per month than it is under Dad’s plan, which we’re currently under.
Dad has already talked to his boss and his boss’ boss about it, and he may continue to work at his current job, just remotely – coming down to DC once every few months or so. They are OK with it (they like him – and there is some precedent), but they have to check with higher-ups to confirm that it’s OK within the company. That’d continue to get us his DC-level salary and he’d be able to vest in his 403(b).
I’d start mid-August, so there’s time to get everything ready, and maybe even sell the house before I start. I haven’t told my boss yet – but he’s on vacation for the next two weeks. If I tell him when he returns, that will be two-week’s notice. “Hi, how was vacation? – here’s my resignation”. More notice than the 24 hours he gave us on the company sale/acquisition.
Now to turn my efforts to getting the house ready and put together for sale!
Congrats on the new job! I’m sure it’ll be a lot easier to save in a low cost of living area. Plus now your husband doesn’t have to deal with the long commute. Pretty cool that he’s able to work remotely!
He’ll enjoy that part – I’ll enjoy how much more we can save – once we can sell our house here in DC!
Hi, how was vacation? – here’s my resignation” Love this. I kindof hope this is how it plays out. =)
Congrats on the offer and the impending move. Pittsburgh has gotten all kinds of hip lately.
Pittsburgh has changed so much since I lived there. Our first choice is what part of the area to live in. I know we don’t want to live in the city itself, but which suburb to pick? My mom lives in the south east and I know it’s a 45 minute commute from her place (Daughter Person and I plan on living there until our house sells). We have friends out near Monroeville and it takes them 40 minutes (with traffic), and friends in the north part of the city – about 20-30 minutes depending on how far north you go. There’s also the south west side of the city which is one of the newer parts and seems to be popular among my new co-workers.
This is almost how it went down – except over the phone. My boss was supposed to be back in the office on Monday, but he was traveling for work – so I sent him an e-mail to call me as soon as he could. So, after a very long day (for him with flying and all day meetings) – I told him I was leaving. He immediately called the one guy “left” from our old company to make sure he wasn’t leaving as well. He’s not – yet, but he’s interviewing.