I got an offer for a dream job. Help me decide if I should take it.
July 9, 2014 5:15 AM Subscribe
This was me
. Following the advice from that question I both renewed my contract with current company and actively started looking elsewhere. I've just received an enthusiastic offer from another company, but I want to be mindful about my next step.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Here are the data points.
Me: mid-level thing-maker in her early 30s presently working at a well-meaning but hopelessly mismanaged small thing-making company. My immediate managers are very sweet, gentle and kind; workload can be full-on but the atmosphere is low stress and comfy, potentially stymying my growth as a thing-maker.
Upper managers - the one who make the broader financial decisions about the company - are straight-up incompetent, leading to a number of needless and demoralizing layoffs earlier this year. When the time came to renew my contract they flat-out refused to consider increasing my salary despite glowing performance reviews.
The offer: a very (very!) prestigious thing making company needs a mid-level thing-maker to do a specific thing-making thing. I'd be one of two other people who do that Thing, so they've been very blunt: the work load will be brutal, but the organisation is much more structured than current workplace, addressing a major concern of mine.
Two friends of mine have worked at this company and had a very difficult time - crushingly long hours, stressful atmosphere, hyper-masculine seniors. My immediate manager would be a woman (data point: I am also female) who is basically everything I want to be when I grow up - focused, driven, but relaxed and non-ego driven. Manager one level up is kind of a macho douchebag, but I would be somewhat isolated from him.
The pros to this offer? The name would be amazing on my CV. I would be very much more hireable afterwards. They are also very, very enthusiastic - I got the initial offer only an hour after my second interview. They didn't flinch at all from my salary expectations, which were at the upper limits for my experience level, and will offer other perks that are important to me (mostly training and mentoring opportunities).
The cons? I am concerned that the stressy environment in this company will bring out the worst in me. Especially when I was younger I was very sensitive, and I have a tendency to become anxious and overwhelmed. There's no doubt about it, this position will be hardcore, and I'm concerned that I'm being overconfident in my abilities to even consider working for Prestigious Thing-Making Company (although, that said, I was scrupulously honest about my work, myself and my temperament in the job interview, so I like to think I've given them a relatively realistic picture of myself as a thing-maker). There's a very real chance of failure that is making me a bit anxious, especially considering my relatively solid but dull and not very profitable position at current company.
I'm leaning towards yes, but I'd like to ask the hive mind first.