Do I stay or do I go (to a new company)
April 26, 2012 6:50 AM Subscribe
I've been offered a position at another company. Should I leave my current comfortable job at a lowly-regarded company for a scary new one at a more well-respected company? Will you help me weigh the pros and cons?
posted by windbox to Work & Money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have been working at a very small company for the past 2 years since graduating college - we have shrunk from about 35 to 25 employees since I started there due to a mix of layoffs and people jumping ship. People are generally unhappy there, though I personally am quite comfortable. We have also lost a good portion of our business since I started. Sounds pretty shitty right?
I've been offered a job at another company in town that is bigger (about 100 employees) where I would work on a large, nationally recognized client. The larger company is an all around better and more highly respected company (locally, at least) - they win more awards and do better work. Sounds awesome right?
There are pros and cons to both companies that are truly tearing me up. They are:
Small, shrinking company:
- They pay me awesomely, especially for someone with only 2 years experience in a traditionally low-paying industry
- They treat me really well and respect my opinions
- They understand that I am still learning, and while business might be down, my supervisor is smart and awesome and patient. She is supportive, extremely experienced, and answers all of my questions
- Despite layoffs and losing business, they have assured me that I have job security there (the CEO personally told me in private that he appreciates my work and wishes to see me grow with the company) - I feel inclined to believe them
The larger, awesome, well respected company (I've asked around and gotten "the dirt"):
- Even though they are large and well respected, the department that I would be working in is brand spanking new and frankly, still very unorganized. They are not recognized for this department - it is a facet of their business they're trying to grow
- I spoke to someone who used to work there and they informed me that they still "don't quite know what they're doing" in this department. They said they wouldn't be surprised if they "really need my help"
- Will not pay me AS awesomely as my current company, but still way above average. There is a large chance I could negotiate back up.
- I have no grasp of job security. Big national client relationship could end at any time.
- Here's the big twist: My future supervisor over there - who DOES have a lot of experience like my current one - apparently has one foot out the door. I know this because he applied to my current company a few months ago after having spent only 6 months at this one. This is a huge, huge red flag.
However, it's been two years and my work ethic at my current company is diminishing. Things are starting to get very stagnant and mundane and I'm sort of pulling my hair out. I crave a change of scenery, I just wish it was a change of scenery somewhere I felt really good about career-wise.
Metafilter - what would you do? Is change for the sake of change always a good thing? Or should I turn down the offer, keep my head down, and continue searching?
I realize this is all vague, feel free to message me if you need more details.