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Job Opportunity.

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by ClueTwo, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,030 Likes Received: 123
    I hope I can make it through filling in all of the details before I get sick of typing..

    Alright, so now I Manage a retail/wholesale business and have been at the same company for 5 years. Recently, one of my customers has given me a job offer that I am up in arms about. I would like to see what most of you say in regards to the same opportunity. Think this will really help me way the options knowing what people my own age relate.

    Let me start out by giving you the pros and cons of my current job and the prospect.


    - I have been here for 5 years and I'm very comfortable(almost too comforrtable). I generally get the things I want, but the owner is a fucking cheap skate and usually takes forever to come through. Recently, we have started a bonus program here that can increase my earning potential indefintely assuming I go over our sales goal (10% over last year,same month, net dollars.) I have gone over every month since last June, except February, and have averaged an extra 300-500 a month.

    The owner, once again, has been pretty good to me. When I got arrested and sent to jail for 3 months back in 2001 he was there at court vouching for me. At some point I hate to let that go because I have been very good to these people and made them lots of money. My location alone last year did $1,439,258 with a gross profit of $674,150. Mind you the same owner has 6 other locations but none that do anything near the sales we do. Either way I have established myself as a customer oriented ,well respected, and strong asset to the company.

    Guess it would be hard for me to explain the frustration I deal with around here. Anytime you have a retail counter and a telephone with 8 lines imaging the pain I feel dealing with stupid people. This is the one thing I would not miss even in the slightest. Also this comapny has a total of about 40 employees where half of which are only here to collect a paycheck and do not share the work ethic I consider standard..

    I also work with a great group of guys and girls that I consider to be almost family. I know it would be tough for some people to have me go because we work very closely together and have been together for quite some time now. Along with being around the same people for so long is comforting, but can also get a little annoying. Their little niches and habits could drive most people insane but I've learned to bear with them just because they are good people..

    Summary. I like my job, I'm about capped off as job status goes, but my earning potential has not peaked. The business is very good and for the the most part I have it pretty good....


    One of my customerts called the other day about an order she had in our shop and while I was checking it out for her on the phone she told me she would like to offer me a job. I had her send me a job description via email and after reading it I decided it was something I may want to do. They want me to head their technical department which really isn't much becaiuse they are an up and coming company. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. It would be good for me to get in on the ground floor and provide me lots of opportunity for advancement given the company continues to grow at such a large rate. This new comapny is equally prfitable in that the neeed of the product is going to be constant until there are no humans on the earth.

    I went in for a quick 30-45 minute on Thursday and since I had Friday off I told them if they would like I could come back for a little longer on Friday. They called Friday morning and asked for me to stop by for a while and show them my abilities with the technical end of their business. I had no problem with the general repairs, but mind you, they offered the job solely on my customer service abilites, not neccesarily my qualifications in the technical service(my current job is in the ballpark of the same line of work, but this would be more in depth to a particular aspect.) This quick Friday talk turned into a 2 hour ordeal where they showed me every aspect of this new position.

    They made me an offer by the end of our meeting and it is very attractive.

    Money would be about the same maybe a little more with less effort. They want me to travel to all kinds of places like Australia in the next couple of months to get certified by the manufacturer of their product. They would also like to go go around the country training customers how to use the product. This is something I WOULD LOVE TO DO!!

    They are willing to match all benefits inclulding a double in the amount of IRA matching. This offer is so tough for me because I'm not used to being the NEW guy again.


    Start over from the beginning in my career. Lots of great opportunites to travel and very good resume material. Gamble on whether the company will fly through the roof or go under in two months although very doubtful. About the same pay, but very good advancement is possible considering their estimated growth.

    I would like anyone who has read all my blabbering to please give me your serious, educated, and well rounded thoughts on what you think I should do. I've already talked to a few different people(parents, close friends, etc.) but I want to get an outsider point of view..I apprecaite your time....

  2. GnomeToys

    GnomeToys Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 24, 2003 Messages: 2,616 Likes Received: 4
    It sounds good, but it also sounds good where you're at right now too. Just based on your information I can't really give any advice though. Personally I'd take the new job with all the travel opportunities, but it could be tough just leaving a nice job like that after 5 years.
  3. The Leader

    The Leader Senior Member

    Joined: Jan 23, 2005 Messages: 1,591 Likes Received: 1
    Yeah, I'd definately go with the latter due to the travel opportunities.
  4. slave_one

    slave_one Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 4, 2003 Messages: 2,745 Likes Received: 2
    time for a change...and you know this.
  5. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,030 Likes Received: 123
    You've defintely heard me bitching..hahhaa.
  6. slave_one

    slave_one Elite Member

    Joined: Apr 4, 2003 Messages: 2,745 Likes Received: 2
    yes...yes i have.

    but seriously, you've got people skills and technical skills, i totally think you can do it.
    and if it doesn't work out, you have 5+ years of experience to show for,
    and i am positive you will find something to fall back on. i'm sure your boss will understand...

    do it.

    i, on the other hand would probably pass it up. because i'm lazy.
  7. »§ÜGÅR«

    »§ÜGÅR« Senior Member

    Joined: Aug 16, 2003 Messages: 1,519 Likes Received: 0
    if it's something you'd love to do, than do it. Don't let the opportunity pass you by.

    and good luck with whatever u choose
  8. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    you're relatively young i'm guessing. you should take the opportunities
    now to gain more experience (not saying that 5 years at your current job isn't
    experience) but that when you have the chance to bounce around-
    by all means, go bounce. it won't be too long before you will have to stay
    at a company due to the responsibilities that older age comes with. and,
    suppose the new company does do really well, you would have a chance to
    move up quickly, earn lots of cash solely because you were there from the
    get go.

    GREENOJOS Member

    Joined: Dec 16, 2003 Messages: 426 Likes Received: 0
    sounds good to me. i'd try to be greedy though. i'd tell the new job offer that you're willing to go on with them 3/4 time (almost full time) and remain with your current job part time, just to see how the new job pans out. then when you feel comfortable with the new job and think its worth it, persue it.

    just make sure if you do leave your current job you give them two weeks notice and don't burn down any bridges. because if this new offer doesn't work out, you need somewhere to go back to.
  10. villain

    villain Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2002 Messages: 5,190 Likes Received: 2
    oh that's a toughie.
  11. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,030 Likes Received: 123
    I wouldn't burn any bridges where I'm at now solely because I know I would more than likely be welcomed if something didn't work out..

    Damn..I'm fuckin confused...This is torture.
  12. villain

    villain Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2002 Messages: 5,190 Likes Received: 2
    You current job sounds more stable, you are a valuble asset to them, and they have significant growth in your region. But like myself you hate dealing with stupid people every day and would prefer to work in a technical department of a company that has much growth potential.
    Yeah that's a tough one.
    Well at least its two good options rather than two bad ones.
  13. The Leader

    The Leader Senior Member

    Joined: Jan 23, 2005 Messages: 1,591 Likes Received: 1
    Why I would do it.

    1) You get to travel.

    2) If the company goes anywhere you were in it from very near the begining.

    3) if the company goes down you already have been with your current job for 5 years so finding another job wont be hard.

    Yes sir.
  14. Frate_Raper

    Frate_Raper Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 20, 2000 Messages: 7,973 Likes Received: 169
    Whats your gut say?Shut your brain off and go with the gut reaction it's always right!
  15. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,030 Likes Received: 123
    Gut says GO...

    Brain says No, Maybe, and JESUS CHRIST MAN ARE YOU STUPID>?

    I've got about a million different issues running through my head..