Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Job Decision

I'm staying put.

I talked to one of my bosses today: told her I'd had an offer and that I wanted to stay. Told her why: I'm excited about a couple of upcoming projects, I can be open about the fact that I'm considering going to grad school (if I stay here through then, I'll have been here nearly three years, which is an extraordinary tenure at this kind of job, and won't feel at all guilty telling my bosses in advance that I'm looking to move on and getting them to write me recommendations), and I appreciate the opportunity to work on my own. All of this is true. I also told her that they'd offered me $4,000 more, which is sort of true (the base salary was $2,000 higher than I make now, plus a bonus of about $2,000--but as I've mentioned, the benefits were worse than the ones I get now by a margin that wipes that difference out). I told her that I'm not making demands for a raise, but that I'd like a salary review in June, instead of waiting until the customary one in December. She said she thinks that's fair, but that it's ultimately my other boss's call, since he runs the department. He's in London, but she and I will meet to go over my projects on Friday so that she can be prepared to meet with him to advocate for me. If I get this raise in June, I come out ahead of where I'd be, financially, at either job, and I'm in the right place to boot.

So, that's done. Ultimately, I decided based on the way each of the two jobs fit into my life and my plans, not based on money or even the fact that I find my boss (not the one I talked to, the other one) abrasive. My current plan has me staying here about another twelve to thirteen months, then quitting for a glorious summer of travel and vacation before starting graduate school.

Next up: finding a damn apartment. I've already done some things right and some things wrong, and in my next post I'll tell you what they were.

7 comments:

Kim said...

Good for you! That sounds like a great solution, and you've built in a plan for the future too!

Can't wait to hear about the apartment trials and tribulations...

eking out said...

What a strong negotiator you are! That's awesome.

I'm about to go sign the lease on my new apartment, so your upcoming post should be interesting.

PiggyBankBlues said...

all in all it sounds like it was a really good experience for you. and i have to agree with eking out, your negotiating skills are impressive!

Sistah Ant said...

good stuff, english major! i like your assertiveness in asking for an early review.

Hops said...

Be careful! I told my boss that I had turned down other job offers and I got canned a month later.

Not that we are the same, but even though you're staying put, you should probs keep your options open anyway.

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