Help me figure out which of these jobs to take. Avalanche within.
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Lucky me, I have a job offer with company A! I have had two excellent interviews with two other companies as well. Company B is supposed to contact me with a decision tomorrow. Company C is supposed to contact me with a decision by Wednesday. My deadline to make a decision on company A's offer is Thursday. Help me decide?
Currently, I live in [crappy, depressing, crime-riddled Southern metropolitan area]. I'm graduating in December from [mediocre university] with a great GPA and lots of honors. I was invited to interview with three fairly awesome companies. Let's just assume I get all three offers; if not, obviously, I will take what's available.
Possibly helpful information about me: I'm the single mom of a two-year-old. (Dad is involved, but not moving. We will be working out a summer custody arrangement). I expect to settle in after I move, so school quality is a factor. I like nature, camping, reading, good coffee, interesting food, and a vibrant LGBT community. I'm very liberal. I'm having a really hard time trying to figure out where my kid and I will be happiest.
is located in the area around Dartmouth College (VT/NH). The position is a perfect match for me/my skills and the team is small (less than 10 writers in a ~2000 person organization). I like the company culture - they really seem to care about their employees, the community, and the environment - and it appears I'd fit well with the team. The work will be challenging. The pay and benefits they're offering are exceptional (3 weeks of vacation, bonuses of around 20% of base pay), but appear to only allow me to scrape by in the area. The recruiter has said there is room to negotiate this offer.
It appears to be very very expensive to live here, and I have no experience dealing with extended cold/snow or what they call "mud season." The mountains and scenery are absolutely gorgeous and the area schools are apparently top-notch. There is very little traffic here and it's a very safe area. The nearby cities (within a 3 hour drive) are full of culture. There's a fair amount of culture here, but it is much more like a small town than a city. If I move there, I will know absolutely no one.
is in Madison, WI. There are about 100 tech writers here, in different teams in a very rapidly expanding, quirky, ~6000 person company. The campus is gorgeous and kind of flashy, but I don't think the offer here will match the offer from Company A, even adjusting for cost of living. (But it might?) I don't know exactly what I will be doing at Company B yet, only that they are hiring a number of tech writers and I will be placed where they think I will fit best. This position requires some travel, which will be difficult for me. The benefits package is exceptional here and includes some really nice perks like a paid sabbatical every 5 years.
I like the culture in Madison, but the Midwest doesn't excite me in any way. Neither am I excited about nature in Madison - there will be snow, but no mountains. I don't think I will like the feeling of being "an island of blue in a sea of red." If I move here, I will know a couple of acquaintances.
is in Austin, TX. This position should also be a great match for my skills, with the added bonus that this company does a whole lot of awesome stuff I have no experience in and which is challenging (engineering), which means I will be able to learn a lot of new things. I would be, similar to company B, one of about 100 tech writers in a ~6000 person company. This company hires a lot of people right out of college, as does company B, but I'm a bit older and worry I will feel out of place. The salary offer will probably be 5-7% lower than Company A's when adjusted for cost of living. The benefits package is great, but not as good as Company A.
Austin fits a lot of my living requirements as far as culture goes - nice and liberal, although it suffers from the same island problem as Company B. I don't find the scenery beautiful here, and I am not a fan of the heat. If I live in south Austin, where (from what I understand) the weirdness is, then I will have a ~45 minute commute to the office. If I move here, I will know a couple of acquaintances.
Right now, my choices seem to be between A and C, assuming that I even get an offer from company C. But maybe there's something I'm overlooking?
Which job should I take?