Post # 1
I unexpectedly got an offer from another company while I am in the middle of negotiating my full time employment with the company I currently have an internship. I feel very blessed, but think this may be one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make! The salary/bonus/profit sharing/401k offerings are very similar. Quick background on me-I’m 23 and just graduated with my Masters in May and work in the marketing research field.
Company A where I work is very small, sometimes unprofessional, and I dislike the work/management styles of 2 out of the 16 people I work with. Company A is like a family, and I am like the adopted puppy there. We have a very relaxed work atmosphere, and I work (mostly..) with people who have a lot of experience and knowledge. Our office is in a old historic home in a beautiful area. We can take time off to have a long lunch, go to the Dr., or run errands, and no one blinks an eye. At the same time you are expected to stay all night if needed to finish a project for a client (but the latest I have ever had to stay is 9pm). I worry that people here will always see me as the “adopted puppy” instead of a professional co worker and I seriously wonder what my career progression would be here.
Company B is growing very fast, hundreds of employees, huge building, parking garage, cafeteria et c. I would have my own clients that are exclusively my responsibility. The level of analysis that I would be doing may be equal or slightly less than company A. The people here are younger, and seem very social. The person I would be working for seems very professional, yet I think we would like each other and get along well. They are a very large professional company where my specialty is a new and growing part of the company. There is ample opportunity to advance my career within the company.
So should I go with the small “family like” company where I feel safe but wonder about my career advancement, or should I go with the large corporate company where I know I will be able to grow professionally, but would not have the flexibility, atmosphere, and experience of the first?
Post # 3
change is always hard to wrap your mind around so i understand your dilemma! for me, career advancement is important. it’s hard to push out of your comfort zone but if you think you could grow professionally at the second company i’d go for that. it’ll pay off in the end. you can always try to go back to the first company once you’ve established yourself professionally.
i’m dealing with the same thing myself [but through a layoff] and needed to weigh my desire for working with my company that’s in the industry that i REALLY wanted to work in where i know everyone and am comfortable at but risk getting stuck in an administrative/executive assistant track [which i don’t want to do, especially not once i receive my master’s degree] or moving forward to develop my career into something i’d rather do in a different industry. i figure, once i get my career going the way i want it to be, then i can always try to get back to the first company. i need to do what’s best for me.
either way, i wish you luck on your decision and journey! congrats!
Post # 4
That’s such a hard choice! Have you asked the company you work for what your chanes of advancement would be? If you know there are none, I would go for Company B. Yes, you won’t have as much freedom, but you wouldn’t be the “adopted puppy” and usually with advancement you get a better salary/houryl wage. And that would make it a little easier to live off of.
Post # 5
Thats a tough choice, I too have been the “adopted puppy” in a college job…and then later worked as a marketing director for a health care company at a young age…even though the company was very professional i still was very young (22) to be a director so they still babied me. Now FI and I are self employed so life is different. I would say that if you have the drive to excel in your field you will do well where ever you are. There is something about the family feel that you will not have with a major corporation, the freedom to run errands etc, is an awesome perk!
Best of luck! Congrats on which ever opportunity you decide to take.
Post # 6
That’s a tough one! I’m included to say go for Company B because down the road even if you decide that is not the place for you, it seems like it will provide you with a much greater ability to network than Company A.
Post # 7
Wherever you go, make sure that you work hard to negotiate a package that ensures that your supervisors will respect you. If you negotiate, they are less likely to take you for granted. It has also been demonstrated that people who negotiate get more promotions and more money over the long-term.
Best of luck! It seems like you are in a win-win situation!
Post # 8
having 2 offers puts you in the perfect position to negotiate! Start w/ whatever ends up being your 2nd choice.
If your career is your focus, go for ‘B’. If you want to have kids soon, maybe ‘A’, but it sounds like you are at the point where you really need to establish your career. Is B better known nation wide? That is a good foundation for your resume.
Another thing to consider, did you do anything at ‘A’ that will leave an impression, such as the ‘puppy’ you mention? Even if it wasn’t anything horrible, if you did something you wouldn’t do now, now that you are more mature, you have to realize some people at ‘A’ will always see you as that youngin’. 😉
Post # 9
I think you def. just need to weigh what is more important to you in your work environment. I’ve had work experiences similar to both of the ones you describe. I’m currently working at your “company B” and I hate it. It’s big, corporate and in my case, awful. I just called my coworkers evil, corporate robots on here the other day! hehe But, it all depends on how you look at things! And I’m sure it’s not like that everywhere. I’m now trying to get back to something more like company A.
But I’m also not looking for a huge, successful career. I just want to have a job I like, that pays decent money! It does sound like moving up in your career is very important to you though, so for that, I would maybe lean a little more toward company B.
Post # 10
When I was reading your post it sounded to me like you are sort of leaning towards company B. If your career is super important to you, I’d go B. But if like some pp said, if you want the flexibility in your life, especially if you are gunna start a fam soon, maybe A.
Plus it might be nice to start fresh at the new place, it will probably be hard to transition from intern to equal coworker at your old place.
Post # 11
I think that B is a better choice. If you become an important employee of the company later on, they will probably be more willing to give you more time off/maternity leave/or whatever else you need.