I worked in a large city on the east coast for eight years and did very well there. I bought a home, made good money, and did well at my job. I got regular promotions, bonuses, great retirement account, perks...I was a good employee with good skills. Then I fell in love and my new husband moved to my city from a small town. He didn't like the big city and we were both tired of terribly long commutes, high housing prices and crowded everything. So he found a job in Boise, ID - pay was OK for him. I decided to quit my good job and I assumed I would be able to find another great job in Boise. We paid more than $7,000 just to move here and get an apartment. It has been a nightmare...
It has been over a year and I have yet to find a normal, 40-hour-a-week office job with decent pay and benefits. Here's what Boise has to offer to seasoned professionals: nothing. The average job in Boise pays between $7.50 and $12 an hour, is part-time and does not offer benefits. Employers expect you to work your ass off for this pathetic pay too. Customers are treated well in Boise. Employees are treated like shit. Be warned, there is no money in this town. Retail and non-profits are going under. I once accepted a job for $17 an hour (more than half LESS than what I once made) and found that I was expected to work 55 hours a week, use my own car and gas, and then they changed my job description at a whim. I quit that job.
So then I thought, I want to do something fun and enjoy myself at work. I worked for Starbucks for exactly one month. They offered me $7.50 an hour (even though I have eight years of excellent experience). Let me tell you, as an employee, they are on your ass every 5 seconds. A co-worked got mad at me because I wasn't encouraging enough tips for the tip jar. I had to BEG for bathroom breaks! I had to pick up trash off the ground outside, basically I was treated like a teenager that had never worked before. Quit that job too.
So I thought I would try retail at a new clothing store. I found out they treat their employees like criminals and search them (like the airlines) every time they leave the store. Total disrespect for employees. Only the managers get full-time hours and benefits. They hired too many people. We were originally promised 20-30 hours a week. Now we each have 3-8 hours every TWO weeks.
So basically, through it all I have been living on my husbands salary and we are barely paying our bills. We can't even afford to go to a movie. No chance of buying a house or having a baby! I spend countless hours searching and applying for normal jobs... Most jobs on Career Builder do not advertise the salary. There are very few federal government jobs here.
Don't bother with moving to Boise. There are very few good jobs here and they don't pay well!!!