Last year I started a dream job at a major, national company where I thought I would work for the next 20 years. 12 months later, I’m happily on my way out the door, but owe them more than $6000 in moving expenses that they paid me.
I moved halfway across the country, and my partner gave up an excellent job to join me. We thought it would be the start of a new chapter in our lives, yet it turned out to be anything but that. The team I joined was only a few years old at the organisation. It took 6 months for them to hire me and then asked that I relocate from Chicago to DC in three weeks, zwhich was probably a huge red flag. The director had been at the company for a long time, but soon after arriving, it became clear she had no knowledge of the field and opportunely created the role through her ties to upper management. Because she had no insight into the work we were doing, her ambitions and mandates could never be met with the small amount of team members. She also passive aggressively refused to take input from anyone or inform them of key decisions that affected their workload. Team members started leaving, and as team shrank expectations became higher and morale shrank.
After many conversations with her one-on-one it became clear that this was how things would remain. I decided I would leave after 18 months, which was the date after which I would no longer have to repay my moving expenses. However, a friend shared that I was unhappy with someone and they reached out to me and asked me to fill a role on their team now. I feel like it’s an offer I cannot pass on because I don’t know how quickly I will be able to find a new job in six month’s time.
So I’m leaving, but given one final parting shot by this place by being forced to pay back the $6,119 it cost me and my partner to move from Chicago to Washington DC. It’s money I do not have sitting around and it’s going to crush the savings I had to buy my partner an engagement ring for her birthday this autumn.
Any help is appreciated !