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by Annabel Lee
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Severance Negotiation - what is reasonable
Replies: 59
Views: 3968

Re: Severance Negotiation - what is reasonable

Background - 20 years as parts manage at local RV place. 20 years and 3 days, gentleman was laid off saying the company is going a different direction. Just commenting on the proliferation of corporate horseshit, even down to the local RV dealership. “Going in a different direction,” so they don’t ...
by Annabel Lee
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Corporate ladder advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1140

Re: Corporate ladder advice

Congratulations on the start of your leadership training! I am a senior leader at a megacorp (top 2,000?) but not as senior as my boss (top 200) or his boss (top 20). Also mid 30s. I probably have more questions than answers about climbing the corporate ladder because each level gets more and more c...
by Annabel Lee
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any experiences (good/bad) with EasyJet for EU travel?
Replies: 24
Views: 1714

Re: Any experiences (good/bad) with EasyJet for EU travel?

Both EasyJet and Austrian are good airlines. But for this price difference, you’ll find me on EasyJet every time. Have flown quite a bit on EasyJet out of both Gatwick and Stansted to Barcelona, Prague, Madrid, Amsterdam and more with 100% on time performance and no operational issues whatsoever. I ...
by Annabel Lee
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Managing the pressure?
Replies: 20
Views: 4888

Re: Managing the pressure?

I thrived in a similar role. Some new suggestions: - Connect with, provide value to, and make things easier for the executive assistants if you can. This investment will pay back tenfold. They’re there to make the senior leaders more effective and so are you. They’ll help you understand the lay of t...
by Annabel Lee
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Convince me not to raid my Roth to buy first condo
Replies: 46
Views: 3388

Re: Convince me not to raid my Roth to buy first condo

Goal33 wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:32 pm
Let’s say you’re definitely buying so the advice to not buy is not helpful. My advice would be to take a loan where you can put 10% down.
So I’m clear on this, it’s better to pay PMI for 5 years (in addition to a healthy PITI amount) as long as you avoid raiding the Roth?
by Annabel Lee
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selective Colleges
Replies: 339
Views: 19904

Re: Selective Colleges

I’ve read this thread with interest - both on behalf of my high-achieving kids and also with my own experience in mind. For what it’s worth, similar age and income to HEDGEFUNDIE, though I went to a mid-tier private school. Random thoughts typed quickly while on vacation with my family: - I missed t...
by Annabel Lee
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Potential New Job
Replies: 13
Views: 1684

Re: Potential New Job

Yeah, if you're willing to bet on yourself at all, you take the new job. Ability to design a new organization, significant raise, reduced commute and proximity to your family, more control over your day to day. What's not to like? Vacation? Presumably you're negotiating with a CEO who views vacation...
by Annabel Lee
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Month in London with family - where to stay economically?
Replies: 4
Views: 737

Month in London with family - where to stay economically?

I have the need to be in London for one month in the near future as I work to set up a new venture. I'm bringing my family with me and would love for them to be able to enjoy the city while I am working. However, a 30 day stay in London has the potential to break the bank. We're looking at AirBnB et...
by Annabel Lee
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3839

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

I flew exceptionally maintained 40-year-old DC-9s all over the country while growing up and then starting my career. Delta is absolutely top notch (as is AA - do they have any Mad Dogs left?). There hasn't been a maintenance-related crash of a commercial aircraft in the United States in... well over...
by Annabel Lee
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Careers that combine art/design and science?
Replies: 36
Views: 1816

Re: Careers that combine art/design and science?

This was my first thought and is a significant Megacorp trend, now and over the next few years. https://www.ideou.com/blogs/inspiration/what-is-design-thinking It doesn't necessarily fit the reserved, lock yourself in an office personality profile -- but you'll start to see more and more roles like ...
by Annabel Lee
Wed Jun 05, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Company requiring salaried employees to clock in?
Replies: 92
Views: 5311

Re: Company requiring salaried employees to clock in?

Lol there is no violation of labor laws to require salaried employees to clock-in. No, I agree. BUT what I believe may be a violation is to dock the pay, etc. of exempt employees to do not "work" or are clocked in fewer than eight hours in a workday - or to charge sick leave or vacation time for ho...
by Annabel Lee
Wed May 22, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Senior management/executives
Replies: 51
Views: 4457

Re: Senior management/executives

Not in my experience. If it is illegal or violates company policy, turn him in. Say it one more time for the people in the back! Know the conversation on the thread has been more aligned with kickbacks, bribes etc but this sounds to me like an Indecent Proposal. So I understand the OP's reticence t...
by Annabel Lee
Fri May 03, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rotational Program at MegaCorp for college grad hires
Replies: 40
Views: 2684

Re: Rotational Program at MegaCorp for college grad hires

I feel bad for him, he has done great work and is getting the short end of the stick here. Gator Great work? As a recent grad less than six months in? Has he located the cafeteria and men's room quicker than his peers? What exactly has he accomplished so far? Look, I went through a rotational progr...
by Annabel Lee
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking about going into sales from engineering
Replies: 39
Views: 3006

Re: Thinking about going into sales from engineering

KlangFool wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:52 pm

5) A good salesperson is not motivated by money.
Overly simplistic analysis that doesn't broadly apply.

I've met & worked with several outstanding salespeople who are highly motivated by money.

Maybe not solely... but it's a huge factor.
by Annabel Lee
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thinking about going into sales from engineering
Replies: 39
Views: 3006

Re: Thinking about going into sales from engineering

Often the sales person spends quite a lot of time operating in gray areas where they must make decisions that can be easily criticized after the fact. It's very important to have a strong boss backing you up who is confident in your abilities. +1,000 and extremely well put. This is the reason that ...
by Annabel Lee
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling Volvo and Audi owners! Reliabilty questions
Replies: 61
Views: 4491

Re: Calling Volvo and Audi owners! Reliabilty questions

Just love my 2017 XC60 T5 FWD. As many have mentioned it's the most comfortable car I've ever driven; what I've not seen mentioned is the best in class cargo space that blows away SUV competitors, handling, acceleration, etc. It's perfect for our family. Only issue was a sunroof switch repair covere...
by Annabel Lee
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Negotiating a pay raise
Replies: 24
Views: 2057

Re: Negotiating a pay raise

Doesn’t happen in a mega corp environment. The only people negotiating pay raises would be those in small businesses or new job starter salary negotiations. -1. This is simply untrue. Salary negotiation happens all the time for a myriad of reasons including salary compression resulting in below mar...
by Annabel Lee
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I want a new Audi A6 2018 (50k) - Can I afford it? Or is this just a really dumb decision...
Replies: 136
Views: 8394

Re: I want a new Audi A6 2018 (50k) - Can I afford it? Or is this just a really dumb decision...

Sounds like you are sold and have your mind set on the A6. I would actually consider leasing as an option in this case. Solves the "tying your money up in a depreciating asset" issue, you can sell the ES to fund any down payment on the lease/buy down the monthly cost, and at the end of the term, you...
by Annabel Lee
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with difficult work situation
Replies: 48
Views: 3886

Re: Help with difficult work situation

Your company recognizes it's not ideal for you as well - which is why they gave you the 5% raise. I would accept the increase/new role and re-evaluate in 6 months. Talented people who have your tenure in an organization are difficult to find. If you roll with the new assignment, it's very possible y...
by Annabel Lee
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When is leaving your job that pays well a good idea?
Replies: 97
Views: 10904

Re: When is leaving your job that pays well a good idea?

my two year old baby girl laughing and running to me (in that cute way that only toddlers run) when i get home from work is just indescribable. it won't be here long and i can't imagine being luckier. stress is real but so is love. back to topic, people really need to give job descriptions. reading...
by Annabel Lee
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Buy pacific gas and electric?
Replies: 49
Views: 5407

Re: Buy pacific gas and electric?

I hope congress will come up with something like FDIC to protect rate payers and utility companies. Bloody hell. The nation's electric utilities are already for the most part publicly-traded monopolies, protected from competition and essentially able to operate at will. Part and parcel with this is...
by Annabel Lee
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need Advice - quit 6-figure job to do coding school?
Replies: 118
Views: 10258

Re: Need Advice - quit 6-figure job to do coding school?

Without diving into the merits of changing careers into coding which have been discussed at length, please understand how good you have it both now, but more importantly in the future if you stay in your current role. You have a top 10 undergrad in computer science, top 3 MBA, probably McKinsey/Bain...
by Annabel Lee
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Importance of college summer internships??
Replies: 44
Views: 2106

Re: Importance of college summer internships??

Also if she cares anything about compensation, track her to marketing vs PR. The supply of recent grads with interest in PR employment far outweighs demand and starting/mid-career salaries show it, until attrition starts to work in the favor of those with the longevity to stick it out for 10, 15 yea...
by Annabel Lee
Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Importance of college summer internships??
Replies: 44
Views: 2106

Re: Importance of college summer internships??

Daughter is a junior in college studying public relations and marketing. She is currently in the middle of the frustrating process of applying to summer internships. Apparently the really cool ones with companies like Nike or Google are ridiculously competitive and she doesn't have a ridiculously c...
by Annabel Lee
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much house can I afford (really)?
Replies: 129
Views: 8540

Re: How much house can I afford (really)?

I don't know CPA-RIA - if you can find your destination house and are relatively set on geographic preferences, I'd probably pull the trigger if I were you. I've read each of these comments with great interest as we're looking at a remarkably similar jump up in house, with similar stats (less 401k, ...
by Annabel Lee
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 29 Y.O. with a $60,000 bonus
Replies: 23
Views: 2873

Re: 29 Y.O. with a $60,000 bonus

No 401k, technically the "business owner", able to withdraw some bonus money early - gotta be a card counting blackjack team in Vegas!
by Annabel Lee
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Superautomatic espresso machines
Replies: 37
Views: 3262

Re: Superautomatic espresso machines

Love my Nespresso. Purchased our current model (Nespresso plus DeLonghi latte/cappuccino maker) 4 years ago for around $250; we use this at least twice a day and the machine is still going strong. We don't use the cappuccino feature as much - I think the base model retails for around $100. Trader Jo...
by Annabel Lee
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Negotiating salary when you know you're underpaid
Replies: 16
Views: 2217

Re: Negotiating salary when you know you're underpaid

Thanks for the replies so far! In response to a few of the posts: - As far as I can tell, bonus is in line and RSUs previously have been above the norm. However I'm in a new role. There's no guarantee I'll get them this year. - Also I'm a manager as well and can't see RSUs given to people on my team...
by Annabel Lee
Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Negotiating salary when you know you're underpaid
Replies: 16
Views: 2217

Negotiating salary when you know you're underpaid

I'm coming up on compensation review time in my megacorp. As a 15 year veteran I've always sensed that I've been comped a bit below market, but career opportunities, growing salary, bonus plus RSUs kept me happy. With that said I recently received information that my base salary is well below market...