I’ll even provide details like how much cash and stuff.
Last week I got offered and accepted a job with a largish scientific company for about $90K a year. Lots of travel, decent opportunity for advancement, which would probably become more sales and buisness and less sciencey. Pretty much standard benifits.
I will probably get offered a job tomorrow at a University (same town) running the chemistry labs. I won’t teach students, but will teach, advise and direct teaching assistants, develop labs and be involved in education/research…not on “soft” money. I’ve always been a teacher and scientist at heart and have wanted a job like this for many years…pay at the most is 65K. but its a state job with state type benifits. No real chance of advancement, I’d be doing the same thing for many years with only cost of living raises and only one promotion.
Well the obvious question is: What is your opinion on what I should do…Call up the company and say, never mind (even though I already accepted); or turn down the university job.
But the more immediate question is: Should I call the University before they offer me the job and let them know I have this other position.
More background. THe University job is with researchers and scientists I am familiar with, friends with, and have used as mentors in my career. Essentially, for the last 6 years I’ve met with these people and asked them for advice and help on getting a University job just like the one that is coming up. Now these exact people have the opportunity to give me this position.
Esssentially, For 6 years I’ve been asking about and telling them my desire to work for them; and now when the opportunity happens, I’m potentially going to say…Thanks, never mind.
So my question about should I call them and talk to them about my accepted higher pay position is more, because they are mentors of mine that I don’t want to piss off or disappoint, and less because they would be employers. I feel like I should warn them, that, yes, even though I’ve wanted this job for 6 years, I have this accepted offer for a lot more cash, that gives me pause.
I don’t think I’m leagaly obligated to work for the company that I’ve accepted the offer from…it’s just incredibly bad form for me to back out now, though my current thought is to go with the cash.
Opinions and help please!