Career advice: choosing one offer over another
June 9, 2012 7:24 AM Subscribe
When given two job offers, do you go for the job you field you want at a lower tier company or a placed job at a top tier company?
posted by sleazy_e to Work & Money (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am in the oil and gas industry and currently working (four years exp w/ almost senior credentials) in a mixed field of finance and engineering (project controls). I am looking to leave my company because it isn't a proper fit as I don't feel I have any growth potential and no longer feel valued. Over the past two months, I put in a lot of resumes and applications throughout the industry and got some bites. I received three interviews, two from an operator (a company that is the highest in the oil and gas market: think Shell or Chevron) and one at a direct, but larger competitor (large (EPC) Engineering, Procurement,and Construction company - think Jacobs or Bechtel that perform work contracted by the operators). The way things have spanned out are I applied at said operator for two positions: one as a junior version of my role (cost analysis - a title step down, but with great growth potential and what I want my career to be) and a newly created role (not junior) my recruiter placed me in which is more finance & accounting related (financial analysis - I applied at their recommendation without any thought of getting/accepting it), but apparently has just as great opportunities to move up (2 year rotations within the department)... just not where I am 100% interested, but don't know all the details. (Please note that both jobs communicate to one another, but are not in the same departments and have completely different management).
Long story short, both interviews go well, but I find out that the department (cost analysis) I want to be in has a longer waiting period and defers their offer to the financial analysis group in order to get me into the company faster. My heart has sank into my stomach at this news because I'm afraid that a career change, even slight one, will jeopardize my opportunities to reach my goals of project controls. At my current company, I understand how extremely difficult it is to move around and as I don't know any better, assume that all places are much like this. The recruiter there (who I might add is a trusted friend) has reassured me that movement is not a problem, but that I should take the role for a year (company minimum) to learn the business and then attempt the move as needed because I need to keep my eye on the long-term opportunities.
Next situation, my interview goes very well at the EPC company and I'm offered a job there too... in the field I am currently in with promises of growth, travel, potential, higher salary, and everything better than what I currently have. This company is an excellent one that has a large impact in the market, but many at my firm left here (albeit 5-10 years ago) because of the issues with bureaucracy, limited growth potential, and a corporate culture that pigeon holes their employees (sounds familiar...). I've never traveled and the role I am offered at the operator won't have any and being a single guy, this appeals to me, but unfortunately, the perks and benefits of an EPC cannot touch the Operator... just the nature of the oil and gas tiered market.
I have several colleagues moving to this operator and to this EPC, but only to leave my current employer and unfortunately... they're not in my field. A lot of advice I've received is that I would be dumb to pass up on an Operator because it's easier to move within a company than to come off the street and their HR departments remember if you pass them up. On the other hand, the EPC role is what I know I want to do for a career, available right now, without any need to persuade department heads of an internal move and the project controls certifications I'm studying for (at this moment) won't go to waste.
Needless to say, I'm nervous about deciding the best options for the future:
1) Take a job I've been placed into at the Operator (the highest level of the industry, most difficult to get into, and an EPC's client) and hopefully get to where I want to be. -OR-
2) Take a job that I know very well and can tackle to a great career, but cannot compete with the benefits of the other position and also has a similar corporate culture of the one I am leaving.