(Closed) Two Options Don't Know What to Choose

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Which job option should I pick?
    Current permanent job with full health care and pension benefits and low salary : (10 votes)
    37 %
    2 year contract opportunity with increadible pay but potential for no health care benefits : (17 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 3
    1579 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Which company has the better boss/co-workers?

    Over the years, I have found that even if the work isn’t awesome, who would I rather spend 40 hours + a week with?

    Post # 5
    1579 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @GonnaBeAFind:  that’s hard!

    I would say the 2nd job but you also mentioned that you worked until 11pm before…but you can work from home some days…but you don’t get full benefits and it’s only a 2 year contract (which doesn’t mean that it won’t get extended) but you’ll have some heads up if you need to look for another job before time runs out.

    Any other info or feelings that would sway your decision?


    Which is more important to you:

    better salary allowing for savings and wedding, more enjoyable co-workers, work from home 


     full benefits, pension, no overtime required




    Post # 6
    1006 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It just really depends where you are in life.  I would definitely take the higher-paying job but I’m 22, minimal college debt, a tiny car loan, no dependents, no preexisting conditions for healthcare.  I wouldn’t worry about the pension problem because I’d just plan on saving a huge chunk of my increase in wages.  I would use it as an opportunity to get way ahead on savings and plan on starting to look for a job when there were 6 months left unless there was a chance of being kept permanently.  And since I have relatively few personal posessions and little attachment to my current city, I’d take the opportunity to move to a more favorable area if SO could still commute to work.  

    It sounds like you’re not married but that doesn’t mean you’re not established (mortgage? big car payments? dependents? credit card debt?) and if you’re a lot older than me keeping your pension might be more important.  

    Post # 7
    2490 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    Oh man, that’s a tough one!

    I personally took a one year contract with amazing pay and no benefits (and obviously an end date) because it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. It ended up paving the way for more opportunities that my previous job (steady, full time permanent with benefits) would not have presented to me.

    When I took the contract I was mid 20’s, no kids, and I wasn’t too concerned about the benefits and long term incentives. It really depends on where you are in life, sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Good luck with whatever you decide!

    Post # 8
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would probably go with the second option.  Even if you paid for your own benefits it seems like you’d still be making a lot more money. Personally,  paying off my debt ASAP is very important to me, so I would jump at the chance to get it done quicker. 


    Is there any chance this could turn into a long term position?  Even if not, you’ve got plenty of notice to start looking for something else.


    FWIW, I’m 23 and don’t plan on buying a house or having kids for at least 2+ years, that may factor into my opinion.

    Post # 10
    2334 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @GonnaBeAFind:  Holy crap, that’s a huge salary jump!  Since you’re young and healthy (ie: not in dire need of health insurance), I think all signs point to the contract position.  You will be able to fill up your savings (especially for baby), work from home a few days a week, and work for someone you like.  Driving 30 minutes to work is not bad at all, either.  This seems like a fantastic opportunity.

    Post # 11
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It is a very, very bad time to be a government contractor in the US. A two-year contract is no guarantee that you will actually have a job for 2 years as agencies cut every thing under the sun due to this sequester nonsense. If the second job is in the government sector or with a company that has any government contracts, I’d stay away.

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