(Closed) Nicer office or higher pay?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Nicer Office or higher pay?
    Nicer office that doesn't pay as much : (6 votes)
    7 %
    older office, no covered parking, but pays more : (83 votes)
    93 %
  • Post # 3
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    1090 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If you don’t need the extra money, I would go with the first route. Ambiance & Aesthetic can really play a large roll on overall happiness! I vote # 1.

    Post # 4
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

    If those are the only two things I am considering, higher pay wins out. If the lower pay job looks better on my resume and isn’t substantially lower (like only $2k lower/year), I might take that one.

    Post # 5
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    3000 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    If the jobs are the same level, have the same benefits, have similar office environments, and have the same amount of “stress factors,” go with higher pay.

    Post # 7
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    5498 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If those are the only differences, I would chose higher pay. If the nicer office isn’t THAT much lower, and they have better benefits or something I would pick them.

    Post # 8
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

    I would not take more stress for less pay, regardless of a nicer office. I’ve left jobs when the stress got too high and the pay wasn’t worth it. IME a nicer office does not a nice job make – and I’ve worked in some sweet buildings with lots of amenities: RO water, snacks, coffee, underground parking, etc. Actually, the worst job I had was in the nicest building.

    Post # 8
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    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    For me it would depend on HOW MUCH higher pay?  Enough that you’ll really notice it on your check?  If so, I’d go with the higher paying job.

    Post # 9
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    7293 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    quality over quanity 🙂

    but its really up to you and probably finances- some people would need the money and could care less about the environment.

    Post # 9
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    1137 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Higher pay!

    Work is called “work” because you’re there to make money. Go spend your raise on beautiful things for your home to balance everything out!

    Post # 10
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    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    How much more pay is involved?

    My gut is to say: higher pay!

    Post # 12
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    1843 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @ktisthatbees:  14% raise and you get rid of the crappy boss … I’d definitely take the higher paying job.

    Post # 13
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    624 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Better atmosphere and job satisfaction is definitely worth something but how much is up to you. If the salaries are close, I would go for nicer office, but if the difference is substantial, I may not be able to justify that.

    Post # 14
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

    @ktisthatbees: Def. higher pay at 14%. The only time I might not take this much more with an older building were if there were costs at my old job that the company was paying for that I might need to take into account (free lunch, free parking when the other place is paid, discounted daycare, better insurance/benefits, etc.)…

    ETA: the other thing to think about with higher pay is that in a year or two when you are looking for another job or asking for a raise is that you have more leverage with your pay history.

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