Q. I'm torn between two competing job offers. One is for significantly more money (about 20% higher). The other is closer to where I live, so my drive would be a lot better, and the people all seem to be a lot nicer. Should I go for the money or go for the quality of life?
A. Congratulations on having these choices. Even though it's a tough decision to make, it's nice to have options.
This is the kind of question that only you can answer for yourself. It really depends on what you value most at this particular point in your career and life. A few things to consider include evaluating whether the qualify of life position would be open to raising the offer if they knew they were in competition for you. You should also ask yourself how long you expect to stay in this position. Is it a stepping stone where you'll only be there for a few years and can grin and bare it through any quality of life issues, or is it someplace you plan to stay for an extended period of time? Can you talk to anybody else who works at the higher paying company? First impressions can sometimes be misleading, and it's possible the company culture is a better fit that you may have at first suspected. Is 20% higher salary enough to justify a move, which could reduce commuting times and mitigate some of your quality of life concerns?