Is it worth leaving one job for another for the same pay?
August 29, 2014 11:17 PM Subscribe
I'm employed now but have been job-searching for a few months. I've finally found a company that I'd like to work for. The disappointing part is, the final offer they've made is for a lower salary than I'd wanted; after crunching the numbers, I would be earning the same as what I earn at my current job, with no title change. Is it a good idea to move to a new employer for equivalent pay, if the only discernable difference between the two is that the new job seems more interesting?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
One wrinkle: The base salary in the offer is subject to review after 4 months, at which point it's likely I'd get a significant bump in pay. If I stay at my current job, I stand a good chance of being promoted within the next six months, which would come with a slightly smaller pay jump than what I could potentially get at the new job after 4 months.
I'm not unhappy at my current job, but I'm pretty bored and feel kind of unmotivated due to several beloved coworkers leaving, and the lack of interesting work of late. But my current work environment is mostly great, and I have a lot of flexibility - not to mention I've built up seniority after several years here.
Overall, both companies pay below market for my field, but both have decent benefits (health, 401k, vacation and bonus policies are very similar). I really like the people at both companies, and the work environment at the new place seems nice too -- it's kind of eerie how similar the two companies are, so I honestly don't know if the risk of leaving is worth it.
Is the new job offer worth taking, knowing that the work might be a little bit more interesting than what I have now, or should I stay, or try looking for something better?