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+ - When do you take a pay cut to have a better career opportunity?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am currently working for a software company that rakes in a lot of money and has an EBIT that puts other companies to shame. The company is great, good benefits, lots of vacation time, very good salary. However the problem is that their architecture is already established, change is often slow moving, and most of the decisions are made by architects as oppose to developers. I find my job somewhat mundane and I am loosing interest.

I recently was offered another job, with a small company, that doesn't have the capital/revenue stream to provide all the perks that my current employer has. Needless to say this small company wants someone to take their system into the modern age, which means re-design/new architecture, implementation, maintenance, team lead, etc.... thus, more experience to add to my resume. These are things that I won't be able to do easily in my current job.

My concern is that it appears this company has really high expectations, and since I had to take a small pay cut to get this position it leaves a but of uneasiness in my stomach for future promotions/advancements. However I believe in their product, their vision/goals, the people and the future of the company.

I feel excited but also scared as its a bit of a gamble. Has anyone else experienced the same thing?"
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When do you take a pay cut to have a better career opportunity?

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