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$20K more for a role with lesser duties

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$20K more for a role with lesser duties

Hello everyone,

I currently have a job that I really enjoy, I learn a lot everyday and I like my coworkers. It is very busy and fast paced. I've been offered a position that pays $20K more but the actual duties of the job are a step down from what I'm doing now. The title of both jobs is the same. Any advice?
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Take it! don't complain, just apply and take it
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Oct 6, 2017
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what reason do you have not to take it?
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Nov 20, 2016
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Are you also known to your co-workers as "Big Head"?

All joking aside, I guess the decision would rest upon where you are and where you want to be in your career. 20K jump in salary is a significant jump, and I find it hard to believe that any company would cough up more compensation for less responsibility. Maybe find out someone who has first hand experience about this position to see there are room for advancement or development in the opportunity. If you're early in your career, I don't think it's worth it to trade experience for money just yet.
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Take it.
Could HAVE, not could OF. What does 'could of' even mean?
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More pay, less work? I'm not seeing the trade off here
When given enough time, all threads on RFD can and will go off on a tangent.
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Like most others, I'm not really seeing the downside. The only thing I'd mention is that not all positions have the same learning/growth opportunities. Just having the right title doesn't mean it will set you up for your next step. And you do want to be thinking about your progression...

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It's hard to judge how much 20k is worth when we don't know your current salary and/or your profession.

I have left a job for less pay and more work (opposite problem of yours), but gained much more experience and money over the years.

As well, I have left a good job for more pay, and in hindsight, regretted my decision.
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Im being intentionally vague because my manager browses RFF. I'm in IT, the move would essentially be going from a System Admin position to a desktop support position. My reservation is that I'm moving a step down and I am potentially losing a lot of development.
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Dec 28, 2017
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Large Corporation vs. Small Startup - Small Startup sometimes pay more due to less job security.
IT in Silicon Valley vs. IT in Toronto - System Admin in Toronto maybe paying 50k/year .. Desktop Support might be paying 90k in Silicon Valley.

The pay is one thing.. the job security and benefits is another.
Weight the difference.
If you have a family and mortgage + other debts.. maybe job security is better
if you are single and young.. perhaps higher pay is better.
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Take it. Why not take the extra money and learn something from a new experience.
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Kherani wrote:
Jun 7th, 2018 2:15 pm
Im being intentionally vague because my manager browses RFF. I'm in IT, the move would essentially be going from a System Admin position to a desktop support position. My reservation is that I'm moving a step down and I am potentially losing a lot of development.
You resume is going to look funny.
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Do you want to be a sys admin, or do you want to be in desktop support? Seems like it would be two very different career paths.

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very good points there..
my wife took a paycut 13,000 less for better pension
she is a senior project manager in IT..was making 120,000 with a smaller firm..and she was there only 3 weeks than .decided to go to peel offices for less money but better pension..and right before that she was at 110, ooo with every 2nd Friday off...crazy..changes jobs more than I change my underwear...sorry op to highjack etc...
ayufan wrote:
Jun 7th, 2018 2:21 pm
Large Corporation vs. Small Startup - Small Startup sometimes pay more due to less job security.
IT in Silicon Valley vs. IT in Toronto - System Admin in Toronto maybe paying 50k/year .. Desktop Support might be paying 90k in Silicon Valley.

The pay is one thing.. the job security and benefits is another.
Weight the difference.
If you have a family and mortgage + other debts.. maybe job security is better
if you are single and young.. perhaps higher pay is better.
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Only you can decide as you have all the pertinent details

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