Take the New Job or Stay Where I Am?
I'm in the offshore / subsea oil and gas business, engineer by background, project manager due to decripity and loss of mathematical skills. 25 years at it so I know my stuff.
I've been where I am now, on contract since the beginning of December last year, after six months out of work, and quite like the place. The project I'm working on right now (by offshore standards a tiny one) will finish in about two weeks time and there's a strong possibility, I'll put it no more forcibly than that, of a new project for the same client kicking off straight afterwards. The new project has me down as the Project Manager and will last 18 months to 2 years.
The company is a small privately owned one, and most of the owners are in their 60s. They're obviously not planning to retire, but are looking at having to replace the second tier of management who will be retiring soon (two have since I've been here).
I wasn't sure I'd be hired permanently and so when a headhunter aproached me about a permanent job elsewhere I interviewed and got the job. It's with one of the biggest petrochem engineering companies on the planet.
So, do I stay at the small company or go to the big company?
For:Very interesting project on the cardsChance to build my own team on the back of that projectContract rate is higher than the salary at the new job by 40% (both are well into six figures gross)Small firmCloser to home, like driving round the M25 from Uxbridge to Egham (sorry my points of references - I studied in Uxbridge and have worked and lived in Egham)Lots of "grey beards" so the chance to rise to the top quite soonKnown quantityAgainst:No holiday pay, sick pay, no health insurance, no pension, etcCrummy office - no window and a desk that looks like it's been shot, several times, with a 12-bore, no bookcases, etc.Typical small firm "feast or famine" workloadNo idea "how to spell QA" ( (c) Dave Matthew, formerly of Mentor Project Engineering Aberdeen)Big Company:Forerm jobHuge firm so should be more securePaid vacation, pension matched up to 9%, health insurance (important int he US remember)Title "Director" (yeah, I know what value a "Director" has over here - sweet FA)Tasked with building up my own teamAgainst:Daily drive comparable to driving round the M25 from Uxbridge to AscotMedium sized fish in a HUGE pondStalinist managementStalinist building - unlikely to have an office window eitherUnknown quantityHave to decide by Monday. I've already passed the background checks and dope test for the new job.Thoughts?