Poll: When Picking Between Job Offers, What Is Most Important?
Compensation Packages Drive Decisions
Last month, we discussed how to pick the best job offer so we were curious to hear what factors are most important to you when choosing between job offers. We had a solid turnout of 7,907 votes this month!
The majority (69%) of you would simply chose the job offer with the best compensation. Not surprising as our annual salary surveys consistently show base pay and benefits as the most important factors for job satisfaction.
“Advancement opportunities” came in second with 16% of the vote, showing that candidates may disqualify a dead-end job for one with potential for upward mobility. Another 12% indicated “company culture” would sway their choice. These two factors topped the list in our poll asking for the main reason our readers would quit their jobs.
Meanwhile, “flexibility” and “commute” only took 3% of the votes between them. It’s likely that these factors may come into play in the initial decision to even apply for a position. It seems that few candidates would still be unsure about these factors by the time they reach the offer stage.
Here are the full results:
- Total compensation (69%, 5,482 Votes)
- Advancement opportunities (16%, 1,268 Votes)
- Company culture (12%, 987 Votes)
- Flexibility (2%, 119 Votes)
- Commute (1%, 51 Votes)
Total Voters: 7,907 (April 30, 2019 @ 10:01 am - May 31, 2019 @ 11:47 am)
Some comments from y’all:
- “In the end we all go to work for one reason. And that is to be paid fairly if not generously.”
- “If a company has a toxic company culture, you couldn’t pay me enough to endure that. Work environment is more important than compensation.”
- “It is all about the opportunity to make good money. Many comp plans are restrictive to TOTAL pay with gates and tiers to hit earned bonuses when exceeding revenue plan.”
- “I am at a stage in my career where flexibility is key and commute is second. The days of worrying about climbing to a higher position or making my top earnings are done.”
- “If the total compensation was not what was expected, but the lower commute made up for it, then it would be worth it.”
- “The older I get the more I would enjoy some flexibility in my work schedule. At 60 I still love my job. The mind is still able, it’s the body that’s getting worn out.”
- “If two companies are in play, then the next thing I ask is: ‘Do I want to work there?’ Then, ‘Will I get along with management?’ If the service manager will not get along with you, what good is the money? You will end up wanting out in a month.”
- “This was a tough poll… Choosing between any of those is difficult! I chose to leave my employer of 21 years for culture, but the commute is about the same, as well as, the compensation and advancement. at almost 57, being ‘happy’ at my job and with my coworkers has become more important since I made the leap from an awful commute a few years ago to a good commute, it became about culture and a less toxic management environment.”