A bigger paycheck or a nice work environment?

Philippines
February 7, 2011 1:02am CST
I have just become a regular employee in my present company. That means I have been working here for six months and they like the output that I have been doing hence they decided to take me in as a regular. I like my job, I like my workmates and the working environment really suits me very well. But something within me just makes me feel that I can do something more. but I just don't know what and why. The other day, I got a call from one of the companies that I sent my resume to a few months back. The wanted me in for an interview. But they had to reschedule it when I told them that I have relocated far from where their main office is. I have a friend (a former classmate) who works in this company and I know that they really offer attractive compensation packages to their employees. The thing is, I'm scared of starting again in a new company. My current company has become very comfortable to me that the idea of adjusting again to a new environment kinda scares me. I don't know what to do..
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9 responses
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
7 Feb 11
I would go to the interview and I'd ask a lot of questions. I'd find out everything I could about the new company, and if I could, I'd talk to employees of the new company. Who knows? The new company could have a bigger paycheck and a nice working environment. I wouldn't pass it by...
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• Philippines
13 Feb 11
That's true. That would be the ideal situation. However, the niceness of a working environment can only be confirmed fully when you are already working there and experiencing the environment itself. I wish I'd know more employees from the new company that I could ask questions from.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
Way the pros and cons. But I suggest you stick with your current company if the compensation package doesn't differ too much with the other company. You just had your regularization. Starting in another company means taking a small risk of not being regularized. And unless you're planning to stay for a long time with that other company, it wouldn't look good for employers to see that you've changed jobs in less than a year. I can understand how you feel about something lacking and you feel that you could do more. Why not talk to the HR department and find out the career path you have with your company. Or you might want to consider transferring laterally to another department if there's an opening.
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• Philippines
11 Mar 12
To be honest, we've been having problems recently with our HR department. They suddenly changed some policies like reducing the maximum leave credits that will be carried over on the next year as well as not allowing us to have paid overtime. It's really sad. Makes me think that our company might be in the brink of a financial meltdown.
@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
7 Feb 11
it is very easy to become comfortable in a job...the fear of making a mistake holds some back but i think you have to be an adverterist, look at life steps as chapters in your book of life...I was told after being made redundant from a job I had for many years that my years of sevice is not a plus, apparantly these days employers like people who have worked around and has gained much experience....Good luck with what ever you do...
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
hi lilaclady. I decided that I should stay on with my job for now since people have said that it doesn't look good on the resume to have left a job in less than a year of being there. It could reflect a negative side that an applicant gets bored easily and may not stay long in a new company. For now, I'll be staying on, learn some more, and gain more experience. I hope I get promoted fast though. thanks for your advice.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
8 Feb 11
I agree with others who said that you must dare to take the challenge and transfer to other job. When you have vary experience you do not have to worry to seek for other job next time.At the new place you will learn new things and meet new people.You do not have to worry about the environment as your friend is there you might seek for extra information about the company from your friend.
@doggydimon (1379)
• Philippines
8 Feb 11
I will go for a nice work environment. I like to work with people I am comfortable with. You get to go along pretty well if you are comfortable with each other and from there you can create a work attitude or habit that might increase the effectivity or efficiency of your total output. And who knows from there, you might end up with a bigger paycheck without transferring to another company.
• Philippines
8 Feb 11
yeah, its really hard to leave them if they are nice to you. according to you, your present work place is good so why is that you want something else? unless they pay you less than your worth. if both (salary and workplace)is okay with you, then, dont leave. Its hard to start all over again. But if you feel like, you can excel more to your other pursuing job, then go... dont afraid to grab that opportunity, because opportunity may knock at once and you'll regret later for not grabbing it.
@GreenMoo (11842)
7 Feb 11
If you are already feeling that you're not reaching your full potential, that feeling will only intensify over time. Why not just attend an interview with the other company, and see how you feel after that?
@airasheila (5459)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
A pleasant day to you Mihama_Poohbear, A good choice of topic for discussion. With reference to your main topic, it is really indeed hard to choose between those two - a bigger paycheck and a nice work environment - . Whereas, those two do sometimes happen in some story that is being shown in theaters and movie houses. Wherein the lead star of the movie can have both - bigger paycheck and nice work environment. However, in reality, those two situation do not really happen. That, you need to choose between those two - either you earn a bigger paycheck inside a not so good work environment or you can have a nice work environment but do not have a bigger paycheck. And, as for me, it is indeed hard to decide what to choose. Since, I really need these two - a bigger paycheck inside a nice work environment. But, as I have said, these two does not go along to each other, and you have to only choose one. And because I really need to choose one - I rather choose a nice work environment wherein, I can have a peace of mind while working and a comfortable atmosphere behind. Thank you and have a nice day to you.
@YamiKiba (938)
• United States
7 Feb 11
If you're comfortable in your work environment, and don't really *need* the bigger paycheck, you should stay, but I think you should get information about the other company anyway and decide whether or not the risk is worth it (: Good luck with whatever decision you make though! Opportunity is always a good thing