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Old 08-08-2013, 05:20 AM   #21
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#1 for me. I would be very unhappy with no time off. The shorter commute and 2 days work at home arrangement are also attractive, as is the comparative stability over the contract position.
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Benefit and pay aside, which job would you enjoy most? Not that benefits, pay, etc. don't matter - but you don't want to trade one "horrible job" for another I assume...life is to short to hate your job, so you're better off finding another. Congrats...
+1 Based only on the info you posted #1 jumps out as the better choice. But the work itself and the people you work for will make a huge difference in job satisfaction. Unfortunately that can be hard to evaluate from interviews.
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#1....the free soda clinches it.
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I have to go with #1 as well. That working at home thing is schweeeet....

And DH does a contract/consulting gig, and gets paid by the hour, with no paid time off. Even if he does decide to take UNpaid time off, it's still miserable. They simply will not leave him alone, even after he tells them he double bills them when they call him on scheduled time off. It's a PITA, truly. Our trip this summer was ruined and I told him I won't go on more trips with him unless that d*mn phone is off the whole time.
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Congrats on receiving 2 job offers. I would go along with job #1, due to the benefits and being able to work from home 1 or 2 days per week.
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I am also with #1 with most of the reasons posted...

Shorter commute... PTO, work from home... heck, I did a quick calc and it looks like #2 will require over 100 hours more commute per year... think how much that costs in gas and wear and tear on the car...


BUT, as some have said.... if #2 is more interesting work wise, then the other 'costs' to you will seem small....
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Benefit and pay aside, which job would you enjoy most? Not that benefits, pay, etc. don't matter - but you don't want to trade one "horrible job" for another I assume...life is too short to hate your job, so you're better off finding another. Congrats...
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That is what makes the decision more difficult. I think I would enjoy job #2 more but job #1 is by no means a horrible job (I have a good friend who works there.)
Interesting that almost everyone is telling you #1, without even asking which job you like benefits aside. Pure job satisfaction is very important IMO, I'd hate to be unhappy with my work every day. Not everyone here by any means, but there are many members here who retired early because they hated loathed didn't like their job/career for a variety of reasons - IOW, not the best place to ask?

No one asked what the promotional opportunities are with either job either, that may be an important consideration.

While the PTO, commute & work from home of #1 certainly sound appealing - in that you say you may enjoy #2 more and it pays significantly more - it's certainly not that clear to me. If you don't like whichever job, in your field I suspect you will be able to find another opportunity more easily than most people...good luck with your decision, an 'embarrassment of riches.'
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I'd take #1 DESPITE the free soda.
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Which one do you think has the better management and co-workers?

Ever since I saw the impact a psychopath boss had on my health, family, and career, a good work environment has become my top priority. Once you are getting paid this much, small differences in pay and benefits are less important.
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The commute makes #2 a dead proposition for me. That's time out of your life you'd be giving up. I understand wanting challenge/growth in the job... Spend the hour/day you save in commute by taking job #1 to learn a skill or teach yourself something interesting.
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Interesting that almost everyone is telling you #1, without even asking which job you like benefits aside. Pure job satisfaction is very important IMO, I'd hate to be unhappy with my work every day. Not everyone here by any means, but there are many members here who retired early because they hated loathed didn't like their job/career for a variety of reasons - IOW, not the best place to ask?

No one asked what the promotional opportunities are with either job either, that may be an important consideration.

While the PTO, commute & work from home of #1 certainly sound appealing - in that you say you may enjoy #2 more and it pays significantly more - it's certainly not that clear to me. If you don't like whichever job, in your field I suspect you will be able to find another opportunity more easily than most people...good luck with your decision, an 'embarrassment of riches.'

Even though I put in my response that if #2 was more interesting, take it... I also think that if it were THAT much more interesting he would not even be asking the question...
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This is not my area of expertise. Please provide details on your financial life and I can provide input on whether you should not take either. JK
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#1 as long as you avoid the free soda.
WRONG!

Free soda is the reason to pick job #1. In fact take as much soda as possible, and then sell it as your "side" business on your telecommute days, to increase your income to the level of job #2.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:37 AM   #34
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Does either company offer any sort of matching retirement funds?
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Are the benefits comparable? I'm inclined to pick #1. If I picked option #2, I'd feel "guilty" for taking time off, since it would be money out of my pocket.
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Having stayed too long at a horrible job; I have just received two job offers on the same day. Trying to make sure I am making the best decision with the offers in hand. I am leaning strongly towards taking job #1

Job #1
Medical Software Field
Full time position
18 days of PTO
10 paid holidays
35 minute commute 1 way
mid 90k salary range
work from home 1-2 days a week
free soda

Job #2
Satellite Imagery Field
Contract position (possibility to become full time 6 months to 2 years later)
No paid time off
commute time 45 to 50 minutes 1 way
hourly rate that works out to be over 110k (if working year round no pto)
work from office every day

I am extremely excited to have such a hard choice, thanks for any thoughtful responses!

(my wife has health benefits through her job so medical isn't really an issue with either job)
I would go with number one. The difference in pay in the second job does not make up for it.
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Which one do you think has the better management and co-workers?

Ever since I saw the impact a psychopath boss had on my health, family, and career, a good work environment has become my top priority. Once you are getting paid this much, small differences in pay and benefits are less important.
+100.

Unfortunately, often times the only way to truly find this out is to start work there!

To hedge your bets, whichever offer you take, tell the OTHER company that "I just need some more time to think it over", and then start with the offer you take. After 2 weeks, you should have a good feel at your new digs whether or not there's serious problems with coworkers/management right off the bat.
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#2 wins

I ended up taking #2

I kind of surprised myself. I think all in all the benefits work out to be the same. Thankfully the recruiting manager had a few former employees that I could talk to about both companies and that helped clinch the deal. The work sounds more interesting and the company culture sounds great at company #2.

Truly blessed to have such a hard choice... leaving my current job is the absolute best bonus though!
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