Post # 1
Bit of background: I had a really good job for the past few years, which I left in December for what I thought was an amazing offer. It’s my third week here and I’m far from happy already. Yesterday I got an offer for a new job and I’m having the hardest time deciding what to do!
The company I’m with now is a “live to work” kind of place. Long hours (I’ve been averaging 13 hrs/day) and it’s an hour commute (car and train) each way. Train station parking is $90/month, plus $90/month for a transit pass. The money is really good and it comes with a lot of benefits. There’s no chance of ever changing my hours (I talked to my boss about it).
The new offer is for a much smaller company, it’s less money, but I have in writing that it’s the hours I want, I can do a compressed work week if I want to, I can drive to work and it’s around 20 minutes away. On the work side of things, it’s a smaller department so maybe I won’t learn as much, it’s not downtown so I won’t see friends at lunch, but they want me to basically come in and redesign how everything is done (which I love doing!)
Both companies are fine with my upcoming vacation, which I was originally using as my deciding factor. If one of them said no it was a sign to me that it wasn’t the position for me.
Post # 3
Money isn’t everything. It comes and goes. I would go for the new job offer even though it has less pay. It sounds better than your current gig.
Post # 4
@howtobeawife: +1. You need to enjoy what you’re doing or no amount of money will make it worth it. Go to the new place, it sounds like a great job!
Post # 5
@givemecouture: Wow, sounds like you’re at the point in your career where you have a lot of options!
I’m leaning towards the other job. It sounds like you’ll have more influence and better hours. Those two things would be huge factors to me. And the commute sounds better in this other job.
Post # 6
What a situation to be in.
I live by the maximum that I would rather be happy in a job and paid less than unhappy in a job and paid a lot of money. I have, in the past, been offered more money by firm’s and have always taken the smaller firm with the lesser pay….they always seem nicer and more genuine.
I think, to be honest, you answered your own question with your first paragraph. I think you already know what you want to do. Best of luck!
Post # 7
How much of a pay drop is it? That would be my biggest concern,and the longevity of the job (plus benefits and such) Really think about it and good luck.
Post # 8
If job security is not an issue, I would wait it out. Partially because it’s too soon to really know if the place is like that every week of the year. We have twice a year for about two months when it’s insane, but that’s not indicative of the entire year. It may be that while the corporate culture is very work-driven, there are still times that are more hectic than others. First job out of college and I was pulling 12-20 hour days (no joke) for the first four months even on weekends. That was not how things usually ran, but they had a slew of projects back-to-back during that time even though they did view 8-hours as slacking.
Also, is moving closer to work to cut down on the commute an option? Just a thought if you see yourself wanting to work downtown long term.
The other reason I wouldn’t switch this soon is that you’ve only been there three weeks. That might be a flag to any other potential employers down the road. If you’re still unhappy there in a year, then that won’t look the same as leaving after a month or two.
That said, it’s a really long time to be unhappy and stressed if things don’t improve. I don’t know though, as far as work goes I’m a “say it with cash” and if the benefits are that great, it’s probably because they know what they’re expecting.
Basically, I don’t really know. Sorry, OP.
Post # 9
Hmm.. this is such a tough decision!
Moving closer to downtown isn’t an option. I love the area we’re in and it’s definitely where we want to stay. I knew when I moved there though that downtown would be an issue for work for that reason. My old job was also downtown but I had a parking subsidy so it wasn’t a huge deal. Parking is usually around $700/month.
It’s about a 10% drop in pay and the benefits aren’t as good. I would be going there basically for the shorter commute and being able to leave at a decent time every day.
I’m not too concerned about not staying at this job for too long. My resume shows my previous position as ending in December 2012 and if I was to take the new offer it will be January 2013 so there won’t really be a gap on my resume. What concerns me is that I know I will keep looking. There are jobs out there like what I want but it’s just a really bad time of year… year end is always busy and most people are holding on until February to get their bonuses before leaving.
Thanks for all the advice ladies, looks like I have a lot more thinking to do!
Post # 10
Just from reading your post, you seem really excited about the new opportunity. It sounds like that job would be something that would make you happier, so I say go for it!