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Evaluating a Job Offer

By zegna250 ·
I recently received a job offer from a stable mid sized company with multiple sites in six states. The compensation offered is slightly higher than market range, however a few red flags trouble me:

1.The job has been posted for 45 days (a sign that others are turning down this job offer or the company is too picky?)

2.During 2nd interview IT manager and potential coworker openly expressed frustration about legacy equipment and below average user IQ. (Most employees at remote sights are entry level)

3. Job was posted as network technician, however job would actually be 95% helpdesk. I would be the helpdesk agent for entire region and there is no call escalation, no remote console to control the users computer.Seems like company is trying to do IT on cheap- network infrastructure is dialup and DSL.

I'm not desperate for a job a the moment,I wasn't looking for %100 helpdesk (more like desktop support/network tech) however I doubt I'll find the same amount of compensation elsewhere. At the same time no amount is worth walking into a losing situation. Any thoughts?

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Sounds like a hiding to nothing to me

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to Evaluating a Job Offer

help desk is a thankless task at the best of times, old kit, by yourself with no support infrastructure.
You'll end up as grey as Peter Graves when he found out the mission was another impossible one.

What's the value of the job aside from the money. Will it add to your marketable skillset and experience ? If you were out of work, take the job, if it's a serious raise think about taking the job. If neither is true, leave it to someone who will get something out it. Life's way too short to spend 40% of it doing an unrewarding job.

The key quastion to me is why are they doing it cheap, maximising shareholder value or in a financial mess.

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Just read your own post.

by DC Guy In reply to Evaluating a Job Offer

You're not desperate for a new job so you can afford to be patient and wait for one that has most of what you want.

The only thing this job has that you want is the salary.

Absolutely everything else that you've told us about this job is negative, and dreadfully so. It's not the kind of work you really want to do, people who are already there complain about it, there are HR problems, you'll have no backup.

Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

Believe me, it's really easy to eat up a salary increase when you're frustrated and unhappy. You seek out comfort food so you eat out more or bring home convenience food because you don't feel like cooking. You get lazy and drive places that you could just as easily get to on public transportation. You buy yourself things because you deserve it or because malls are, after all, pretty happy places. Maybe you're just tired all the time so you hire a cleaning lady. You might drink more, or you might go buy your booze in a bar at their outrageous prices instead of drinking at home.

Worse, you might become less of a fun person to be around and your friends will start not wanting to hang out with you.

You could end up just you and your dog with a six-pack and a pizza, a closet full of new duds, and a maxed-out credit card. Goddess help you if you don't have a dog!

Well there, did I make that look miserable enough for ya? ^_^

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On the other hand . . .

by Namco In reply to Evaluating a Job Offer

It sounds like they have been open and honest about the state of the network and the users. What are their goals for turning the situation around and where would you fit in? I went in to a similar environment and the first thing to do is accept it. Then you can improve the situation by providing user training, putting remote support systems in place, upgrading or replacing legacy equipment.

I do agree with the other posts - but going in to a network like this gives a huge potential for all types of IT projects that you can learn from. For your career development it's much better than going in to a ready made, efficient, fast, trouble free IT system with well trained users! I left a job like that!

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Opportunity to Negotiate

by prouthier In reply to Evaluating a Job Offer

If it was me, I would be looking at this as an opportunity to negotiate. There's a few things that you need to understand when you go into a job opportunity. Most importantly, is that you fit the company environment or that the company environment fits you. If you don't, you'll have a hard time from the get-go. If you do, this is definitely an opportunity for you to negotiate.

I don't know if you have asked, but you should be asking about a career path within the organization. Does this position will lead to a higher position and how long will it take you to achieve. What is the next title?

One of the main things to remember in the interview process, is that you are also interviewing the company. Realize that you have power and ask powerful questions. Sometimes, if you're really perceptive and can apply information quickly, he may be able to change the job title and description during the energy. The value that you add it your interview will come back to you in your overall package offering.

Also, a job offer is that: it's an offer. You have the ability to counter offer!

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