I recently got a job offer from a company I used to work for that has a great work/life balance and culture but has a slower track to get promoted. My current employer has a not great work/life balance but it’s much easier to get promoted. Currently 5 years into my career currently bouncing between a project lead and a discipline manager… it’s a decent pay bump- 30%. But is it worth giving up the future potential advancements ?

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I think you have to take some time to think about what you value in life. Can you afford to take the pay cut? Do you currently feel like you don't get enough time for yourself? Do you have a family you want to spend more time with? Lot of factors to consider here

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This one is a pretty complex question without knowing more specifics about your situation. I personally value my free time and peace of mind quite a bit, so I would pursue the better work-life balance if I can afford it

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Think clearly about where you see yourself in the next 5 years, and then make the decision.

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It all depends on your desire to grow professionally or to grow with your family, I would go back to the work-family balance.

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How much more do you expect to make if you stay? Is that 30%+benefits equivalent to what you think you'll receive if you try for a promotion at your current place?

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What's more important for you? It would be an easy answer for me; I have no interest in moving up. Only you can decide on your own priorities.

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What are some of the perks you'd be getting at the new job?

Hmm then it sounds you can still expect some long term benefits from switching roles, even if it doesn't comes in the shape of a promotion. Are you okay with the extra travel?

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Thanks for responding everyone, after thinking on it over the weekend I’m going to go with the new role. Even with slower promotions, the pay bump and better work/life balance will be worth it I think.

Think about why you left that company in the first place. Were your coworkers hard to get along with? Did you feel like your career was at a standstill? Was the executive team difficult to communicate with? Chances are, none of those things will have changed significantly; so if the same reason you left that company is still going to be an issue, you have to ask if you are willing to deal with it. That's the only way to know.

I know five years isn't a super long time, but it seems kind of strange that you haven't been promoted yet if there is as much upward potential as you say at your current company? Ask yourself how long you are willing to wait for these "future potential advancements," because potential is not the same as actual.

Well. I love my job but it has cost me a great deal in terms of my personal life, because it is really stressful and takes up most of my time. I make good money; but there's a definite cost, I'm 35, divorced, and not really where I thought I would end up. If your career is more important, stay where you are; if giving up so much of yourself for work isn't an option, then you really need to go back to your old company. Life's too short to spend doing something you don't really want to do

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