JobFilter: help me choose
December 4, 2013 5:51 PM Subscribe
Choice 1. Tech startup - smart people, legitimate prospects, lots of autonomy, good upside, exciting work. Choice 2. Young but growing company - #5 with a bullet in their industry, much lower risk, 15% higher pay, potentially boring work
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a computer programmer and I've found myself in the enviable position of having to choose between 2 nice job offers. It's a classic dilemma of high risk v. high reward or corporate work for higher pay.
I am married with a child and my wife does not work. If I choose to work for the startup I will essentially be unable to save for the next 4 or 5 yrs (or until we learn to appropriately adjust our lifestyle). The corporate gig represents a modest pay bump (and the ability to save) and a more traditional path for career advancement (i'm not 100% sure that matters to me).
Everything about this choice is a conflict.
If I think about my life goals in terms of non-work life then the higher pay, the slow & steady nature of the corp. job, and an office (with a door!) are appealing.
If I think about my life goals in terms of work life then the startup is more appealing - I will have more autonomy, using more exciting tech, solving bigger problems, working with movers & shakers, and generally more of a challenge.
Please help me decide