Should I take this job?
October 6, 2006 11:05 AM Subscribe
After several months looking I have a job offer in hand. The work sounds interesting and would take my career in a new, positive direction. But I'm getting a bad vibe.
The salary's decent but below market. The benefits are meh. Worse, I'm sensing a kind of inflexibleness and stinginess. I've been trying to negotiate with them, but all my requests have been shot down except for a 10% bump from their initial salary offer.
One of the people I interviewed with suggested that this is a company where the engineers are considered godlike and everyone else is second tier. (I'm a non-engineer.) It's a privately held company and the founder is very involved in day-to-day business, and by all accounts he's difficult to get along with. The person I'd be reporting to seems quite nice, but possibly not strong enough to fully protect his team from the autocratic higher-ups (a difficult task, to be sure).
I don't want to make this question all about the mommy wars, but another consideration is how torn I am to think of being separated from my 8-month-old baby. We *could* live on just my husband's salary plus whatever I can scrape up freelance, though it will be tight.
Yet... I doubt I would find another opportunity like this, especially so close to home (the job is ten minutes away in the suburb next door). I think I might learn a bunch and stretch my capabilities in new ways, which I'm especially eager to do after so long out of work. The child care center we found looks terrific, tho expensive, and would probably offer my daughter more enrichment and activity and socialization than I can give her at home. My husband suggests that I take the job and quit if I don't like it. I think that once I take it I'll feel obligated to the work and stick it out even if I'm feeling unappreciated.
I keep going back and forth in my mind. They're waiting on an answer. Help me decide.