Should I take this job?
November 22, 2011 2:23 PM Subscribe
Should I take this job?
posted by anonymous to work & money (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I make $55K/yr. Benefits include the standard health/dental, 401k (but no match), FSA, known entity, good team and nice coworkers. I could see myself hangin' out here working for a good long time.
Then company 2 came along, and I applied on a lark, because it's a much better title at a higher-profile company, doing similar work to what I'm doing now, but with somewhat more responsibility and opportunity to affect change. We went through the whole interview process, I thought I was a great fit, I'd like to work there, and they love me.
Then the ball drops, and they offer me $50,000. I was surprised but handled myself well, and told them that for this position, I was looking for closer to $60K. Hiring manager emphatically said that they wouldn't be able to do that, but she would see what she could do.
She called me back today and said that they could offer me $53K with a review in six months, plus memberships to two associations I'd like them to cover. She also said that she would like to offer me more but cannot due to the budget. (Nonprofits are awesome, yeah.)
So now I'm torn.
If I took this job, I'd get: a match to my 401k up to 7%, a transit benefit worth about $900/year, memberships to two associations, similar insurance and FSA, and a superior title that would clearly reflect a step up, career-wise. I'd also be down $2000/year in salary, and while I'm sure they would like to up that amount, a promised review in six months where the manager would do her best to get me up to the salary I want is not the same as a guarantee - the average 2% increase in salary is just a little over $1000, so still not touching my take-home pay at my current job.
I'm comfy at my current job. It kind of sucks to not have any access to professional development, but the team itself is good and I genuinely like my coworkers. I could coast here a long time doing my job but if I ever want to get ahead I will need to jump ship because this is the highest I can go here due to the structure.
So I guess my question is, beyond "should I take this job," how to effectively balance these conflicting elements. How do I determine what weighs more heavily than something else?