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ATLien2016

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Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby ATLien2016 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:39 pm

I am analyzing a new job offer. I’m honestly unsure if I should make a move.

A little background on my current job (without giving away too many details)

CURRENT:
- Top tier non-profit (brand name, “prestigious”)
- Over 500 employees (this org is VERY VERY structured)
- $68K salary (45-50 work hours per week)
- Been with this institution for 1.5 years. Prior to that I did similar work at a no-name non profit for 1 year)
- Work environment can be stuffy at times but people are generally laid back. I am not one of the “favorites” on my team (although I have had great performance reviews). I’ve gotten excellent, best in-class training from this institution.

NEW:
- Small law firm (unknown firm, not prestigious but gets a lot of work in their practice area; work would be similar to what I am currently doing but would be a lot less complex. Should be noted that the firm had a financial issue two years ago but seemed to have picked up the business)
- 35 employees (LESS structure)
- $83K salary ($5-10K bonus depending on overall performance; would receive a better title as well; 45-50 work hours per week; no hours requirements)
- Work environment appears to be laid back. I would be given more responsibility and would be responsibile for the review of first-year Associates’ (3) work among other things. All lunches are paid for.

Benefits about the same. 5% 401K match at existing org and 3% match at the other. After factoring in benefits, 401k, etc. the pay increase comes out to about an extra $800 per month. Same location.

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Re: Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby ATLien2016 » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:16 pm

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Re: Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby jd20132013 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:04 am

how can we answer this without knowing anything about you and your desires


Absent that take the money. I assume you have no real devotion to the non profits cause or you'd have mentioned it

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Re: Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:37 am

The salary jump isnt so significant that I'd immediately say TAKE IT, but if your longterm goals dont really align with the nonprofit then I would say make the jump to the firm.

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Re: Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby ClubberLang » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:58 pm

I would stay, because the salary jump is not that much, and the financial issue you mentioned. Without understanding the details, that seems like a major red flag. Your current job seems pretty decent.

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Re: Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby pancakes3 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:10 pm

there seems like there should be better lateral opportunities. at least midlaw - not financially insecure shitlaw.

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Re: Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby ATLien2016 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:37 pm

pancakes3 wrote:there seems like there should be better lateral opportunities. at least midlaw - not financially insecure shitlaw.


Yeah to be fair, I got lucky through extensive networking to land my current job seeing as to how I came from a TTT school. Maybe I should hold out and keep looking.

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Re: Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby magnum_law » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:34 pm

Would definitely hold out. Salary jump isn't worth the transition from reputable non-prof --> shitlaw; unless you happen to be very unhappy currently. Willing to bet that an extra year or two will produce better exit options. Maybe a sweet in-house gig or midlaw

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Re: Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby ATLien2016 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:44 pm

magnum_law wrote:Would definitely hold out. Salary jump isn't worth the transition from reputable non-prof --> shitlaw; unless you happen to be very unhappy currently. Willing to bet that an extra year or two will produce better exit options. Maybe a sweet in-house gig or midlaw


Thanks. I will most likely get passed over for a promotion next year at my current job because I am simply not a favorite; even then though, is it still worth sticking it out for another year or so?

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Re: Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby pancakes3 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:26 pm

are you actively looking to lateral and this is what you have after a couple months of active jobhunting, or is this just an out-of-the-blue offer? it seems like the latter, and i think most other responders itt would agree that if you did the former, you'll have much better offers.

are there other factors at play like you wanting to stay in a certain small market, etc.?

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Re: Analyzing a new job offer, should I take it?

Postby ATLien2016 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 6:35 pm

pancakes3 wrote:are you actively looking to lateral and this is what you have after a couple months of active jobhunting, or is this just an out-of-the-blue offer? it seems like the latter, and i think most other responders itt would agree that if you did the former, you'll have much better offers.

are there other factors at play like you wanting to stay in a certain small market, etc.?


The latter. A recruiter reached out on LinkedIn, I interviewed and that was that. I’m not going to actively start looking until I am at least two years in.

I’m in a low COL area and after thinking about it more, I don’t think the offer is worth it. The pay bump does not drastically improve my quality of life and the experience I’m getting is awesome.



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