I personally would go with the current job. The benefits would totally compensate for the $2.50 increase in wage if we're talking about medical benefits. The flexibility of time off is nice too.
Do you want to pursue the new job more because it's a different/more interesting field?
arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Apr 03, 2013
Which one would you enjoy more? Mental health is an important factor here and if you like (might like) one more than the other than I'd go go for that one. I work healthcare too but it's very stressful here. It's a very specific specialty so unfortunately I can't jump around as easily.
cid681 (rep: 1.1k) posted Apr 03, 2013
The decision is ultimately yours alone, but consider this point alone. If the pay increase is 2.50 an hour, your pay increase for the year is roughly $5000. In a normal 40 hour a week job, you work 2080 hours (40 hrs per week x 52 weeks a year).
I dunno how much you make a year or how many days off you get at your current job, but lets say you make 40k and you get 2 weeks paid vacation and maybe 5 holidays per year. That would amount to 2200ish dollars in paid time off that would come out of your pocket if you took vacation. Throw in a couple of sick days per year and your looking at an out of pocket expense of close to $2500. The question then becomes not if a 2.50 an hour increase is worth changing jobs, but if about $1.25 is worth it. Is there more stability and job satisfaction in the current job? In this market, stability is worth much more than a buck and a quarter an hour.
From personal experience, job satisfaction is worth WAY more than 2.50. I changed jobs for about that amount of a pay raise once and regretted it.
So...the question is, if you are happy in your current job, is it worth the gamble for a little more pay? If not, go for it.
nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Apr 04, 2013
Thanks guys!! it sure is a tough one! The current job I have offers much stablity, flexibility and the benefits (PTO,health insurance,tuition assistance,etc.) are way better than most other companys I know! I do get annoyed at my current job but then again I'm sure I would at the other job too after some time!! the 2.50 more an hour just seems like so much more money! They offer very little pto time and no health insurance for 3 months... this sure is a hard one :)
I wouldnt even consider it. $2.5 won't change your life. I got a $40k salary increase on this last job switch and I feel like I was happier at the old place b/c of flexibility and work dynamic. Having marginally more money doesn't really change your life. Work where you are happy to work at.
kffight3r (rep: 766) posted Apr 04, 2013
Thanks guys you made some great points! kffight3r, wow I can't believe 40k didnt change anything!! That was a great point you made and im very close to making my decision and keeping my current job! You guys are right, flexibility and benefits really may just outweigh the extra money.
My rule of thumb is, with most things equal, I only consider leaving a job when the new job is offering 20% or more than my current pay. That's when I start to entertain the idea.
I just left a job 2 months ago after 8.5 years. I was really on the fence about the new job offer especially when I was so comfortable at the old job. I loved the benefits and most of all the people. I was getting sick of the actual work.
I declined the new job offer twice, and then gave in when they sweetened the deal and gave me a signing bonus. I lost about 5 vacation days, (I got 17 as opposed to 23) but I know I made the right decision. The bottom line is, it has to feel right to you.
lilywow (rep: 8.6k) posted Apr 06, 2013
Thanks lilywow. I like your thinking. Right now I get 25 vacation days and at the new job I will only get 12 :(. I also get tuition assistance and great health insurance and with the new job, I'd get no tuition assistance and I'd have to wait 3 months for health insurance.. The extra money ofcourse is great and the easier responsibilities I'll have will be great but i'm still not sure!! this is very tough. I have to make up my mind because monday i have to give an answer!! I'm just torn, becuause if i was completely satisfied with my current job, I wouldnt have looked for a new one and got an interview.. but then again all jobs come with the stress that caused me to want to look for a new job...hmm!
LisaNtom08 (rep: 1.6k) posted Apr 06, 2013
I would find out what the impact of health care reform will be on your benefits at your current job. Huge changes are only now being understood, with cost sharing being one of those. It could be the benefit side is changing. Paid time off is a big incentive though.
DealLeader (rep: 13k) posted Apr 07, 2013
I wanted you guys to know that I decided to stay with my current job. The benefits I have now outweigh the extra money i'd be making at the new job. even though I might regret it when i'm having a bad day at my current job, I think I made a great decision. Thanks for all your help guys!! you were all a big influence! thanks=)
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