Post # 1
I realize this is a decision only I can make, but I’d love to get opinions from people who don’t truly know me or either company involved. (All friends and family are in favor of a certain one of the two options).
My background – over 10 years working in marketing and advertising. My current company is having a lot of difficulties and all employees have been told to look for a new job. Lucky me, I’ve found two (I realize many many people would love to have this dilemma), but I am so torn on what to do.
Option 1: Leave marketing and advertising for a related field, where I drop in title but get a 5k raise. Company has many offices and (assuming I do well), there should be room for growth and it should be stable. Also supposedly has good work/life balance. Very close to where I live, maybe a 5 – 10 minute commute. I’d be doing similar work to what I am used to, but for a different kind of project.
Option 2: Return to an ad agency I wish I’d never left – the people are great, and the only reason I did leave years ago is issues with my boss (who is no longer there). Here I would return to the role I used to have – with the same title I have now, and either the same salary or maybe a 2K raise. This role would be work from home, though it seems to be more to keep me from being involved with the account I used to work on rather than a true perk of the job. This job essentially requires being on call 24/7, and while I’d have a great title, I would have no staff, so despite what you call me I’d essentially be filling all roles. The company just had layoffs and my former coworkers are nervous, though they said they’d feel better if I came back. My old boss said the account I’d work on is “secure for the next year”, which makes me wonder if I’d be back in the same boat (looking for a job, afraid of a layoff) this time next year.
Essentially I’m deciding between what I consider “the scary unknown” in a field I’ve never worked in but have always thought I’d be good at, or returning to “the devil I know” where I’d essentially be working non-stop.
Post # 3
That is such a tough situation, you’re right to be torn. And you’re also right that this is your decision to make. When I read you last statements about how the new (and scary) job is something you thought you would always be good at tells me that it isn’t something all that foreign, and it could be a really great place for you. I left a job that paid me more to return to a job I never wanted to leave. I took a pay cut but I LOVE the people. It was nice to go back because nothing had changed really, but I knew coming back was risky because of layoffs in my town. A new CEO took over the hospital and now we’re all wondering what’s going to happen. I wish I would have thought long and hard about coming back and maybe I would have made a different decision… or maybe not. All I can say for you is that I hope you weigh all the pro’s and con’s. Which one are you leaning more towards and why?
Think about how wonderful a change could be… and starting something new would be an amazing adventure. Not to mention a great family/work balance which I wish I had more of.
Anyway, I voted for the new job but in the end I know you’ll go with what’s right for you. Congrats either way!
Post # 4
If it were my choice, I would go with the new company. With the layoffs and only being secure for a year, do you really want to end up in the same situation that you are in now?
Post # 5
Never miss a chance to expand your horizons. Seriously – tackle the fear and take the new job!
Post # 6
I say go for the new job! It’s an adventure. You take the old job you could just end up in the same position a year from now, and by THEN you could have taken advantage of job growth!
Post # 7
It’s hard….but the new job is def the right choice. Good Luck
Post # 8
Your votes for the new and unknown job 100% match what my friends and family are saying to do. And from a long term stability standpoint it will probably be better for me, assuming I like what I do and am decent enough at it that I don’t end up losing it!
It is hard to say no to my old agency, as I’ve been begging my old boss to take me back for 5 years now.
Post # 9
It almost sounds to me like there are still issues with you being at the old place. Are they really going to keep you offsite because of a former client? And, they are coming right out and telling you that the job might only be for a year.
If it were me, I’d go new and exciting. Titles mean nothing, in reality.
Post # 10
I think titles mean nothing really. There are a few girls at my work who have a mediocre title but do just as much as the ones with the title and they get paid more.
Go with stability! nothing like new opportunity!
Post # 11
@menobride – they are keeping me offsite for two reasons 1) the client I’ll be working with is near where I live (30 minutes from the office) and they want me to be there at a moments notice. 2) My old client still loves me and I still talk to them, and they seem to be worried that I’ll either be tempted to jump in and help with that account (I probably would) or that my old client would insist that I work on their account if they knew I had been rehired.
While I did say I could end up being laid off in a year, it could be stable being back at my old job, there just isn’t any way to really know.
Post # 12
@pinkunicorn84: Honestly, it doesn’t sound like your old boss values your the way he should. If he did, the incentive for you to come back would be much higher, and you would have the pick of clients (i.e. be able to return to your former client).
Post # 13
@daydreamwanderer – one of my former colleagues mentioned that as well!
I do feel that if I go back with how fussy they were over the offer (I think they thought I was desperate for a job, even though I am not, my husband and I would be fine if I were laid off before I found something, though it wouldn’t be fun to go through). They actually originally offered a pretty low salary and title that was a bit insulting considering one of my former employees is still there and would have had a higher title – they finally agreed to meet the same title she has now (and the same that I have at my current role), but I really felt like they were lowballing me.
And I’m not that title picky (though I know it may seem that way), it was just that in this particular situation I wouldn’t want to go back at a lower title than my former employee. At the new job that I will be taking, my title on paper looks like I took a massive cut, but it’s a new industry and I agree with some other posters that in most cases it doesn’t really matter.
Post # 14
As someone who works in the ad world, I say go for the new industry! You’ll get to expand your horizons and having more stability and a good work/ life balance would be pretty nice wouldn’t it? 🙂
Post # 15
For sure the new job. The extra experience would give you a boost resume wise if things don’t work out there.
Post # 16
I think the poll shows pretty much what I was thinking – 100% new and stable. Usually it’s new and unstable, but for you OLD is unstable. I’d definitely go with the new. All I read when I saw Option 1 was “more, more, more.” More money, more opportunities, more stability…and less commute and headaches. I hope you go for it. 🙂