Great job or great organization?
May 1, 2014 10:45 AM Subscribe
I have been working at two nonprofits for about 6 months, and they're both now offering me full time positions. One is a really fun job at what can be a very frustrating organization. The other is a ho-hum job at a great organization. I'm torn.
posted by chaiminda to Work & Money (22 answers total)
I've posted about this previously, but here are the current relevant details:
Job 1 is super fun. I provide direct services to people and have a lot of options to create programming which uses staff talent, including my own. I have leeway to educate myself on issues that interest me to improve my performance. I would love to do this job for the long term and it meshes with my overall career goals. Boss has assured me that I have an opportunity for advancement which will come up in the next couple of months. It is often frustrating but also very rewarding.
Job 2 is fairly okay. I am an admit support person and I occasionally help support programming as well. I do a lot of photocopying, mail carrying, and organizing of the office, which is fine but not exciting. This job allows for great work-life balance because it has a set schedule and doesn't require evening or weekend work--could also potentially give up my commute/car entirely if I worked here full time. It's rarely frustrating but I often have trouble motivating myself to do the dull parts.
Organization for Job 1 is a mess. There are often no policies in place for difficult situations. A lot of my coworkers behave in somewhat inappropriate ways because management doesn't seem inclined to redirect them. In general, it's hard to get management time when I have an issue. I had thought that tuition remission was a benefit of this position because it's in their employee handbook--today I found out that that policy has been discontinued for several years, but they haven't bothered to update the handbook. It can be very difficult to schedule meetings because everyone is so overworked. I have, however, formed good relationships with a lot of my coworkers.
Organization for Job 2 is wonderful. Everyone who works there is really nice and they are super supportive, always telling me how much I am appreciated. I always have managerial support if I have a question--but of course I rarely need it, because my job is fairly simple. Benefits are slightly better than at Job 1, including 3 weeks of paid vacation. Otherwise, salary etc. are about the same.
I keep swinging back and forth based on what my experience is each day at each job. I just don't know which to pick. And I have to pick tomorrow! Help!