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To worry that taking this new job was a mistake?

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Teaandcakeat8 Fri 30-Sep-16 08:42:15

I started a new job in July with a fairly new business. Main reasons for leaving my old role were that I was hugely undervalued, underpaid and they were bringing in a new layer of management which conflicted with my position. No regrets leaving them.

I also want to move cities and have my flat up for let. The new job is across several locations so currently I commute to the closest office (wfh 2 days per week) then will move to the city I want to live in when my flat is let. I am paid more although still not where I would like to be (maybe £2-3000 off)

Recently I have started to worry about job security; it is a new company and they don't seem to have a full handle on their finances yet. Also the management structure is not quite clear at the moment with lots of the directors getting involved in areas outside of their skill set.

I will probably look to move jobs again once I get to the new city.

AIBU to be massively worried about all of this and scared that I made the wrong decision? Can anyway reassure me that they have also been unsure in a new job?

VioletBam Fri 30-Sep-16 12:24:14

Ask for a meeting with the MD. Tell them exactly what you said here.

If they've any balls they will listen to you and act. Maybe you'll get a promotion. It sounds like you're already wasted there.

QueenLizIII Fri 30-Sep-16 12:42:06

This is not want you want to hear but I was in the same position two years ago.

I left a long standing job because I was being undervalued, underpaid, micro managed and over criticised. I didnt want to leave but I saw no choice and that is how the culture was going there. More people have left since me.

The new job was a well established place but much smaller and less financially secure and less resources. It was a disaster from start to finish. I was treated very badly. Far far worse than I was ever treated in my old job. It was an utter nightmare. Because they were less financially secure I may have got a pay rise to go there but I realised there had been no payrises or bonuses for years in there and pension was only 1% where it had been 6% at my old job.

The way it was run made it impossible for you to do well. The work loads were too high and non existent support.

I complained. Lots. I ended up out on my arse. Literally, they came to me one day and said get out, your taxi is downstairs. I found out later, I should have shut my mouth as they dont care what you think and they knew I was right and they saw me as a liability.

It took me 5 months to get another job. Another company that was newer and didnt have the expertise or resources. I got poor quality work. I said something. I asked for better work. After less than 3 months they said we dont need you after all, out.

Im unemployed again but have some interviews coming up.

If you want the honest truth, however bad my original job was, I should have stayed put. The stress and hassles over the last two years have had a detrimental effect on my mental well being.

Ask for a meeting with the MD. Tell them exactly what you said here. If they've any balls they will listen to you and act. Maybe you'll get a promotion. It sounds like you're already wasted there.

Will all due respect to Violet, this is very bad advice. Go into a new job all guns blazing...I made that mistake and they did not take kindly.

Also are you aware that you cannot make a claim for unfair dismissal unless you have worked somewhere for 2 years? If they dont like you, they can just get rid of you with no reason or consequences.

Yes, I would be very very worried if I were you. Start looking for new jobs now.

PJBanana Fri 30-Sep-16 13:17:22

I would stick it out until you can find something else. Usually I'd say give it time but you've been there a couple of months now.

My advice would be to continue until Christmas and see if your feelings improve. I'd also take the time to speak to your manager about your current responsibilities and ask about progression or some kind of development plan.

If you still feel the same towards Christmas, start looking. Lots of people switch jobs around the new year so January will be a good time to start afresh somewhere new.

Take this as a lesson learned. I've worked for 2 small 'startup' type agencies and both had their own downfalls. Generally pay and benefits etc are much poorer than with larger companies. (I'm aware this is a big generalisation, but something to look out for when you next go for interviews).

tiggerkid Fri 30-Sep-16 13:28:40

I think I would probably give it a chance. Uncertainty and lack of structure are probably among the biggest challenges in any new company but this also creates opportunities for really making your job/position your own and maybe even moving/progressing where you never even expected to be.

If you are really not enjoying it in a year's time, then you can always try to move on. One piece of advice I can share from my own experience is try not to leave it until you are absolutely desperate to go because you will then be tempted to take the first job that comes along rather than really choose one that you truly like. Best of luck whatever you decide smile

Teaandcakeat8 Fri 30-Sep-16 13:30:00

Thanks all,

I have no issues with my responsibilities or the actual work. I am now heading up a department which I wasn't doing before. Effectively I have freedom now to shape the role.

It is the financial security that is worrying me. I am not treated badly, nor can I be promoted so I don't want to complain.

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