Offered a dream job but it's contract…please advice!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@gramgeek:  I would take it. Sounds like a great opportunity.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@gramgeek:  Are you in a career where contract positions are normal?  If so, I would take it.

My boyfriend works in a field where contract positions are fairly common and, a lot of times, if the person likes the position and the facility likes the person, they become permanent employees.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

Two of my contract jobs in the past have led to permanent positions. The job I’m in now was only supposed to be a 4 month gig and I got recognized by the VP and have been working for him for 5 years (had to get a different contractor to cover the 4 month position). Definitely take the job!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@gramgeek:  i would take it.  so many contract jobs turn into permanent positions.  the experience would be great and it’s an opportunity to get out of your current job that you dislike.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

Contract positions can only help your resume. It shows diversity in your experience. A lot of people get “stagnant” if they’re working for the same company and in the same position for years and years. People that do hiring usually prefer someone that has been in several working environments because they can be more adaptive, less set in their ways, and can bring ideas they learned from other companies into their new position.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

@gramgeek:  I am in a contract position for a company that has a lot of contractors.  I have been here 6 years.  Right now we are taking steps to be hired on permanently.  The last contractor they hired was a contractor for 8 years before they brought her on.

Pros: 

  • No reviews – they cannot talk to me about my performance
  • I have their name on my resume

Cons:

  • No health insurance
  • No 401k
  • no bonuses (they get 4 -5 figure bonuses.  I get a mug)
  • no PTO
  • Every year I wonder if they will renew my job

If this big name company is known for using contracts like mine is, be prepared to be stagnent in that job.  You need to understand you will see their employees get so many perks that you will not get. It is difficult at times.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@gramgeek:  Good luck.  Be careful in negiotation.  They are using a contractor because they do not want to deal with HR issues.  If you are going through an agency, they will claim they do not make enough off of you to justify a bump in salary.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@gramgeek:  As someone currently working contract and going to be TTC soon, don’t do this. You’ll regret it. Benefits, pension, and maternity leave are underrated and things that I have been struggling with losing. Yes, I make a very highly inflated hourly rate to “compensate” for this but it is not enough.

Plus, the thing about contracts is that they end. People can tell you all they want you can get hired on but if they had budget/need to hire a full time person, they would. Contract is much cheaper for companies. Not sure if you have a mortgage, but it will be hard to get one if you aren’t employed in a permanent job.

To leave a full time permanent for a contract with an end date? No way.

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would take it, especially since you were planning to leave your current job in a month or two anyway (whether you had a new job or not).

It sounds like the experience, even if it is only for a year, would be really great on your resume and would help you get a new position when the contract was ending.  And like many PPs have said, many jobs that start out as contracts turn in to permanent positions.

Can you get health insurance through your DH’s job (I’m assuming you won’t have access to it with your company if you’re a contract worker)?

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