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What would you choose

prampram Member Posts: 171
So I have two concrete job offers right now and it's kind of hard to decide between the two.

One is a straight unix sysadmin role at Oracle, which seems pretty interesting. It's offering 10% more pay and the commute is short.

The other is a devops position with an established startup. The work here is definitely more to my liking but they're only offering what I'm making right now, and the commute is MUCH longer.

Both have pros and cons. I think they'd both be good on my resume but Oracle might edge out the other one simply because of name recognition (dunno if this is really a big factor)

Another concern is I'm doing devops right now. If I take a traditional sysadmin role how hard would it be to get back in?

Never had to make a decision this hard heh

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    JohnjonesJohnjones Member Posts: 105 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Personally...I'd take the Oracle job. What certifications/degree do you have?
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    MSP-ITMSP-IT Member Posts: 752 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'd be inclined to go with the Oracle position based on pay, commute and name recognition.
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    tecketecke Member Posts: 52 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Oracle sounds like a legitimate vertical move to me!
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    networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    The name recognition is nice, but if the job isn't what you want to do you will find yourself looking again sooner rather than later. Something to be said for enjoying your job.
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    paul78paul78 Member Posts: 3,016 ■■■■■■■■■■
    It's hard to tell from your description since 10% of 80k vs 10% of 160k is very different and 'much' further commute is relative.

    But for me, I will very likely always choose a startup over a large company any day - would you get a decent option package? Depending on the startup's business model, I would always take the risk on the options against 10% base salary.
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    Legacy UserLegacy User Unregistered / Not Logged In Posts: 0 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Like paul stated 10% could be good or bad depending on your current salary. Your question is if you take the oracle position would it be difficult to get back into the type of work you want to be doing. If you would like to be doing a different job then what oracle is offering why would you take it? A 10% increase to pull you away from the kind of work you want to be doing doesn't seem enough for me to leave my line of work. The question is what direction do you want to take your career? In my opinion I think you would be more of an asset at a startup then at Oracle where big companies like that have no problem cutting the work force by a measly 5% which could easily equate to 5,000 jobs. But thats neither here or there.
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    DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,015 ■■■■■□□□□□
    I think I'd rather enjoy my job than have 10% more pay. But the long commute could also play a huge role in job satisfaction.
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    Legacy UserLegacy User Unregistered / Not Logged In Posts: 0 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Also, to add if the job with the startup is great for the resume doing the work you want do it suck it up for a year or so and get that experience. Then apply to some place closer.
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    prampram Member Posts: 171
    Well I accepted Oracle. Thanks for the input guys it really helped!
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