Post # 16
So you know this employee – who do you think is more credible? I wouldn’t turn down an oppotunity JUST because they elaborated.
I agree with other pps to look at the total package. Vacation, sick time, flex time, mat leave, working hours, commute, etc.
Post # 17
They shouldn’t have elaborated quite so much about the previous employee, and they probably are desperate but a lot of employers are desperate right now. The unemployment rate is at an all time low, when they find someone qualified they’ll do what it takes to hire them.
I wouldn’t let this persons terrible experience get in the way of accepting the job, that’s a huge pay raise and you’ve said you got a good vibe from the office and people you’ve met.
Have you read any reviews about the company online?
Post # 18
Personally I would make the jump if you are actually a paralegal and your friend wasn’t then there’s the difference in that. I think they definitely overshared, but they may have felt it was necessary since you shared part of it as well. I would look more in depth with the terms of maternity leave, health insurance, 401ks’ etc. But I would take it
Post # 19
Thanks everyone for your input.
i agree that telling them what she told me was unprofessional, but i felt like I didn’t have much to lose. I wasn’t really planning on saying anything until when they started sharing. This is not something I would normally do at a job interview.
As for the benefits, they do offer better time off with 15 paid days off, with an additional 5 sick days (paid), paid flex day (Friday) once a month, and maternity leave is also flexible. I would be able to return part time if I decided to. I don’t plan on working after baby is born for a couple of years.
I did not find any reviews on Glassdoor and such. The company has been around for 15 years. The office manager has been there since the beginning, and all minus one employee has been there 4 years (stalked from LinkedIn).
I do feel like this is a tough decision. I got a good vibe from every person I met. I also get the feeling that the job will be challenging, but not anything I’m not used to.
Post # 20
Since you don’t plan on working for a while after you have a baby, I would go with whichever company will give you the least stress and best medical benefits for your TTC/pregnancy stages! $17k is a lot of money, but if you don’t intend to stay too long anyway it’s not as big a deal IMO
Post # 21
If you’re actively TTC and have no intentions of working after you give birth, I would stay where you are. Why possibly burn a bridge over anywhere from 9mos to a year or two with the company. I’m not even sure why you’re sending out resumes in your situation? (this assumes you’re healthy, on the younger side and have no medical reason to believe it will take you years or IVF to conceive).
If you intended to return to work, I would definitely say make the move to new company. More pay, more challenging work, and you’re qualified – whereas the former employee was not (and lied to them about her qualifications).
Post # 22
I would not take a job where they extensively bad mouthed a former employee in the interview. SO incredibly unprofessional, especially given that you know her!
Post # 23
I don’t think you were wrong to ask but their response was super unprofessional and speaks volumes about their company culture. They sound petty as hell. “It just wasn’t a good fit and she moved on for a better suited opportunity” How hard would that have been?
I also wonder why you would trust them over someone you know. I would probably believe the person I know more over the company.
That being said, I love money. I would probably pick the best company with the best salary package (salary, benefits, healthcare). But I am quick to switch jobs that don’t serve me. I’d try it out, take the money, keep the other employee’s warning in mind, keep my resume updated and plan an exit strategy, if needed in the future.
Post # 24
dgirl715 : I’ve sent a total of ONE resume during my time at my current firm. This firm reached out to me with a similar position and better pay. This caught my attention, and wanted to explore my options. Nothing wrong with that. I had declined the initial offer because I am comfortable in my current position.
Unfortunately I am not a healthy individual. I have a mild case PCOS, no period for almost a year, and I am planning on starting medication for ovulation. So I don’t know how long this journey will take.
Post # 25
kpl23 : I worked with this girl for only a month and half before I was hired at my current company, and she was the receptionist. I didn’t know her very well. I had not seen her since Oct. 2017.
Post # 26
soon2bmrsruiz : Ok fair enough. I think I can do any job for a year. Day 1 I’m on a job I update my resume. 30 days in linkedin is updated. I’d listen to what she said but I’d take the better offer and just keep it in the back of your mind.
Post # 27
soon2bmrsruiz : I do agree that normally discussing in depth why a previous employee left would be unprofessional – but since you informed them you knew her quite well, I feel like they kind of had to if they wanted to hire you, considering her feedback has made you doubt it. It also sounds from your description that she did oversell herself.
Since they bumped the wage up to try and get you interested, personally I would ask for an additional 5k on top of what they have offered. Couldn’t hurt, worst they will say is no but I suspect they will counter offer at 2 or 3k more.
Then I would take it. The wage increase is too good to turn down IMO and you sound confident you can do the position.
Post # 28
soon2bmrsruiz : I’m sorry. I have PCOS, too, and it took 5 months on Clomid, 3 IUI’s, and 2 IVF’s to get pregnant. I’d take the money and run to the new job considering the expenses that might be in your future, assuming current job’s health insurance does not cover fertility. We had *some* coverage through insurance and still spent north of $50k out of pocket.