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    Hmm Taking a pay cut.....on purpose ?

    Has anyone out there have any thoughts on taking a pay cut on purpose, for better peace of mind and an easier pace?

    I have an offer and am considering leaving the rat race of billable hours and gps tracking for an in-house position with a school system.

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    If you can afford the pay cut, and you think you would like it, why not try it? The rat race will still be there if you need it again.

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    We just had a guy do that. He left for a little more than $10 an hour to work for the county. Steady work way less stress I would say maybe after I get a little more vested into the retirement
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    Quote Originally Posted by tuba View Post
    Has anyone out there have any thoughts on taking a pay cut on purpose, for better peace of mind and an easier pace?

    I have an offer and am considering leaving the rat race of billable hours and gps tracking for an in-house position with a school system.
    I did it 20 years ago and don't regret it at all.

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    Yes - there are lots of pluses and minuses to the situation. I joined the union about 2 years ago, but now with all the micromanaging and electronic tracking and wage theft, I am kind of disgusted with my company right now.

    The thought of steady hours and days off and no rush rush rush on the service calls sounds really nice, but the pay cut does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuba View Post
    Has anyone out there have any thoughts on taking a pay cut on purpose, for better peace of mind and an easier pace?

    I have an offer and am considering leaving the rat race of billable hours and gps tracking for an in-house position with a school system.
    Human nature is funny, the problems directly in front of you are often all consuming, while the problems of others seem trivial.
    After years years on the road, could you really stay in one place? Deal with the petty politics of a school? Will the decrease in salary negatively affect your lifestyle? Marriage? Retirement plans? After being in fast paced environment, will your work day seem long if you're not constantly challenged?
    To school administrators, we are a budget line item that they try to decrease every year, while at least some some contractors view us as money making assets.

    I'm pushing 60, still on construction sites and think every day about making a change. I face the same problems of gps tracking, changing technologies, deteriorating physical condition, and customers with cameras in every conceivable location.
    For right now, I'm going to try to hold on where I'm at, and try to adjust how I deal with the stress.
    That may not be right for you, but don't expect the in house job to magically solve every problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuba View Post
    Yes - there are lots of pluses and minuses to the situation. I joined the union about 2 years ago, but now with all the micromanaging and electronic tracking and wage theft, I am kind of disgusted with my company right now.

    The thought of steady hours and days off and no rush rush rush on the service calls sounds really nice, but the pay cut does not.
    What is the wage theft that you speak of?
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    Yes, for all those reasons and more.
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    I was forced into it due to injury. Sure, I miss the money and being on the street, but it's not all bad at the end of the day. I'm in facilities management right now. I have 13 PTO days per year and paid holidays including 2 days off for Thanksgiving. There is no OT or on call so the phone isn't ringing in the middle of the night and I'm not having to break any plans because I have to work. I work in a conditioned building. At the beginning, getting used to the corporate world, was more stressful to me than working on a drive in freezer in a blizzard, in the middle of the night. I had to learn that computers are used for more than porn and hvac forums I've been at it a little over a year now and I don't miss being on the street nearly as much as I did before. I have even got jobs for a couple guys I worked in the field who wanted to get out of the field for the same reasons as you as well as the physical toll hvac takes on our bodies.
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    Same things i have been considering also 2sac. Although with no injuries yet, the toll of the business and the increasing stress of profits above all is getting to me. The pay cut would be about half what i make now, but lately, the money part is not all i worry about. The piece of mind not being run into the ground and of being a corporate clock number, would be worth more at the age and point of life i am at.
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    I took an $8 an hour pay cut to do controls. Best move I've ever made.

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    My brother-in-law, an expert trim carpenter who regularly fit-out million dollar home (construction cost), became his township's "handy man" for benefits and a lower but stabilized income. Shortly thereafter his throat cancer was diagnosed. He now has a clean bill of health, his home and the same job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttwheat View Post
    What is the wage theft that you speak of?
    Our company installed something called Field Aware. Everything is done in real time and tracked. The funny thing is, you cannot see your total hours worked for the week, nor the sum of the locations you worked in. No more time sheets or time cards - nor can you adjust anything without going to the office and going over it with them.

    Given my background in economics, I concluded that the fieldaware system is banking on the odds that most wage theft goes unreported - so the program skims the employees wages, and then shows the customer all the increased "productivity and profit"

    I haven't really used it yet because I have been involved in some long term projects, but the other technicians are pissed about it.

    I say any program that does not allow you to see your totals nor adjust anythng, is probably by design and stealing from you.

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