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Windows 7: Job Advice

30 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 
Job Advice

Well hello there 7f!

I am faced with a pretty substantial career decision in the next couple days and always value any opinion I can obtain. I'll be honest nobody here can probably sway me one way or the other, but I may be able to look at something that I am missing in making this decision.

Short explanation. Skip to cliff notes below if you don't want to read my wall of text.

I graduated in 2010 while working as an intern at my current position. After graduation I signed on full time. I've been at this current position since. The company is a small custom manufacturing firm. When I was originally hired everyone was on 10% pay cuts, since then a few things have changed. The company is still not quite profitable but we have moved to 5% cuts and every other Friday off, a 10% cut in time. Due to the financial situation that the current employer has been in since I began and the fact that it is a small company the benefits are lacking. No 401k match, high deductible insurance, no tuition, no bonuses, etc... I also haven't had a raise in my 3 year stint. All of that being said, my department, engineering, is not the issue. I enjoy the industry that I am in, I enjoy the challenges I am faced with, I enjoy the work I do, I enjoy my boss and I learn a great deal from him. The upper management and other departments, operations and sales mostly are what I feel the problem is and nothing, or not the right things in my mind, are done about it.

A new position has been offered to me at a different, much larger, company in a different industry. It is a 20% base salary increase from my current rate and will match 401k, has lower deductible insurance plans, an annual bonus structure, and a defined route for advancement.

After considering everything the only thing I could come up with as a con for the new position is that the it is three times farther away, about 80 miles round trip as opposed to the 25 miles I currently do round trip. I do enjoy the industry that I am in, and all things considered I'd rather not get out of it simply because it is interesting to me and I have developed a passion for it over the past three years. I also understand that I am relatively young and believe this is the time to go and diversify and find out what else is out there.

At my first performance review about a year ago my boss told me that he wasn't able to give out a raise at this time, but if I had another offer then he would have some ammunition to go and get a raise for me. So because of that I'm pretty sure that when I sit down with my boss in an hour they are going to counter offer with a higher base salary, but that doesn't account for all of the stability and other benefits that come from the new opportunity. I really can't see any reason to stay or accept a counter offer.

Sorry for the long post! I just want to make sure I am thinking this through thoroughly, and it helps to talk (or type) it out.

Cliff notes:
Current job - bad benefits, no raises, pay cuts
New job offer - great benefits, 20% increase, farther away
What do I do?
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30 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

well, go with what you feel deep down. Job satisfaction makes it easier to get up and go to work! The money and benefits have to come into play too. In the end , as you said, its what you feel "right" about. Good Luck!
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30 Nov 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In the long run, an 80 mile commute is too much. And in Florida there is no public transportation that can get you there fast. I would only consider it if I were to move. After all, a 20% raise may be eaten up fast by the extra cost.
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30 Nov 2012   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

It all depends on what you want. Do you wish to stay in a job that currently has no prospects, or go for one that has?
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30 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
In the long run, an 80 mile commute is too much. And in Florida there is no public transportation that can get you there fast. I would only consider it if I were to move. After all, a 20% raise may be eaten up fast by the extra cost.
The current route I take to work has tolls, about $7 a day total. The route to the new job is all highway and has no tolls. Plus when my lease is up in July, I would move closer.
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30 Nov 2012   #6

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

I would go for the new job. Personally, I don't think 40 miles each way is too far to commute (unless you have to deal with horrendous traffic). I did that type of commute for years and it didn't bother me. I know people that commute farther distances.
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30 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

I am still thinking I'm going to take the new offer, however my current job is making a counter offer. It could be up to a 30%-35% bump in base salary. Benefits wouldn't change, but that is more money...
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30 Nov 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtyElf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
In the long run, an 80 mile commute is too much. And in Florida there is no public transportation that can get you there fast. I would only consider it if I were to move. After all, a 20% raise may be eaten up fast by the extra cost.
The current route I take to work has tolls, about $7 a day total. The route to the new job is all highway and has no tolls. Plus when my lease is up in July, I would move closer.
That makes sense. Then go for it unless they come thru with the 35% on your current job. But don't let them drag you along and you lose the new job opportunity.

Do you happen to live north of Tampa ??
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30 Nov 2012   #9

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

I live in Orlando.

and even if my current job comes through with the 35% increase, i still dont have a stable company with good benefits... and all of the problems that led to me searching for another job in the first place still exist... i do get the benefit of staying in the industry that i enjoy... but the new industry is a perfectly fine (maybe even stronger) one.
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30 Nov 2012   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I see. I thought you use the suncoast parkway to Tampa - the toll sounded like it. That's where I live - at least during the winter.
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