Go with current local job offer, or wait for possible second in other state?
June 14, 2012 7:00 PM Subscribe
I just got a good local job offer here in the midwestern US, but there's also the possibility of an offer from a company out on the west coast. While I have been pining to move out west for a while, I feel it more likely than not I'd end up accepting the first company's offer. Should I drop out of the second company's search?
posted by Hither to Work & Money (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For a while, I've been considering moving from the midwest US to the west coast region, partly because of the weather and geography, partly because I have a lot of extended family out there, and partly because I kind of want to be more involved in the 'mainstream' of my industry, which is software development. The other force motivating me is wanting to have better compensation; the company where I work now is a fairly interesting and unique place to work, but consistently underpays everyone substantially, even by fairly modest local standards.
The local office of a well-known tech company A has made me a very good offer, which they're waiting on me to accept or decline. I'd take it right now, but I'm also discussing a position with company B, which would involve relocating to Seattle. I passed the phone screen a couple days ago, but I haven't been on-site yet, and they haven't scheduled an on-site interview yet, even though I've told them I have a pending offer from A.
I'd suppose that after seeing company B on-site, and assuming they would extend an offer, there's still a ~80% chance I'd take the local offer. Mostly because recently, I've made a lot of friends here, and as an introvert it would take a while to rebuild connections elsewhere. And because relocating is a pain. And because, at least based on whats posted on glassdoor.com, company B wouldn't make an offer that could beat company A's significantly, adjusted for cost of living. And I figure I could gain skills and connections at company A for a few years, build up savings, and then go for something even more awesome on the west coast than B.
Should I decline company B's offer before they go to the trouble of having me on-site? Would they hold it against me if I dropped out at this point, and how could I tell them without coming across as a flake? While I am genuinely very interested in their potential offer, it would make things more convenient for me to drop out, particularly because my lease here ends July 31st, and if I'm staying, its starting to get a bit late to find a good place to live.