Yesterday I asked Russell Investments employees to contact me with their thoughts about the move to Seattle in light of comments from a Russell spokeswoman disputing the idea that most employees are unhappy about it and outlining steps the company is taking to ease the transition.
A spouse of a Russell employee e-mailed me almost immediately with thoughts.
“(T)his move to Seattle is very hard for us. … It is very nice that Russell is off setting some of the cost for commuting however I would like to know if the CEO has done the commute from Tacoma or Gig Harbor or other Pierce County Cities. In my case my [spouse] already works a 10-12 hour day and now we are adding at least 3.5 hours of commute time on top of that. Our quality of life is sure to suffer. I already feel like a single parent and now will really feel like one.
“I have so many frustrations with this move. If we were able to sell our home we would consider that but given the market right now our home is not even close to what it was worth when we bought. This move has put a lot of families in a very tough position.
“On a positive note, we are thankful to both have jobs and will do whatever is necessary to make this move work for us.”
The News Tribune wants to hear from more of you who work for Russell in Tacoma. It’s been a year since the company announced that it was moving. How do you feel about the move? What life changes are you making in light of it? Are you trying to sell your home? Have you bought a more fuel-efficient car? Do you plan to work from home instead of traveling north? We’re interested in all your stories.
Please post a comment here, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.