I have received 2 job offers today. Just wondering, if you were in my shoes, which one would you be more inclined to accept?
Offer #1 - Is from a well established refrigeration company (the largest in the world in fact). They want to open a branch in my area which is approx 90 miles from the current shop. After the interview I was told by the service manager that they are looking at me as field service manager in my area as soon as it can support 3 techs. The pay is average ($1.50 less and hour than union scale) with 25 PTO days. The service manager told me he will only be able to be in the area 1 day every other week, so it sounds like I will be on an island more or less. As far as call rotation, I would be on every 3rd weekend and would be in the rotation with the main office (covering alot of ground on call). This company already has 5 or so accounts in my area as a service base to build from.
Offer #2 - Is from a well know area mechanical contractor that has been in business since 1910. This company is known for quality work throughout the plumbing and industrial HVAC industry and has about 40 employees. They want to start a refrigeration branch from the ground floor. I was told during my interview today to view this as starting my own business without the financial risk while still benefiting from immediate name recognition. The pay is considerably more (Foreman's wage - $2.00 over union scale) but with no PTO days. I would be on call every weekend (until we get a customer/tech base built up) unless I specifically ask for a weekend off and then the HVAC guys would cover. This company has no current refrigeration clients, however, they are willing to pay me to build the business and they have current plumbing customers who have refrigeration equipment as well.
Any feedback you have is appreciated.