Take the job with nice, aggressive advancement opportunity or the job with great benefits?

Joined Apr 21, 2013
Oh, great and powerful Chef Talk Forum...

I once again turn to my peers for some advice.

I am considering two job offers.

The one job offers a good salary, great company culture and support and very good advancement.  The benefits are so-so, not great.  The potential for exponential increase in salary is very good.  It would also be good professional challenge with the possibility of gaining certifications.

The other job is with an excellent company.  The benefits are excellent... matching 401k, company pension after a year, vacation, discounts, insurance that starts right away.  The salary starts at about $7,000 less than the other job.  The potential for growth is limited.  Not a very clear path for any kind of advancement.  The position offered is kind of the top position already.  Not too much of a professional challenge.

About me... I'm 48, 25+ years in food service.  I'm not a spring chicken.

Just looking for visceral responses from my fellow chefs.

Joined Oct 10, 2005
All depends on what you want out of life....

Spring chicken or not, I don't know you enough to say if you want to climb higher, work in some really high end place, make the news from time to time, etc.

On the other hand, you might have your mortgage on your home paid off, have some nice hobbies that need time and devotion, and the fact that no one is chasing you for money.

Not saying I want or need to know any of this, but those facts sure help deciding on what you want.
Joined May 14, 2014
More money or better bennys/retirement sounds likea wash. Which one will you enjoy more?
Joined Oct 31, 2012
First. Congrats on the offers. That's a nice spot to be in. 

     Visceral response?  I've come to believe that what you get to start is all you can ever count on getting. As Foodpump said, I don't know what concerns you personally but those quality of life things are good to consider. 

     Without knowing any more details, number 2 sounds like the better deal upfront. Number one seems based too much on promises of what could be, not what is. 
Joined Aug 21, 2004
I would intensely interview both companies. Ask what a typical workday is like. Ask how communications are handled after hours and on days off. Ask to spend some time observing the working environment. Ask to read an employee handbook, it will give you some insight into whether the company is result driven or rule driven.. Ask to speak to peers, bosses, subordinates, and if possible, the person that previously held your position. Ask about the boss's management style, level of expectations and communications approach. Ask, ask, ask...Listen to red flags. Go with your gut.

On paper (actually electronic screen), at 48, I would go job one, but in reality it would hinge on the above because for me, being happy trumps pay, benefits, advancement potential, professional challenge, or whatever.

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