Compensation While Choosing a Job

Last fall, I found myself knee deep in the job search process. I am a CEM student at Oregon State and had the opportunity to interview with over 12 companies in the construction industry. After all was said and done, I had 4 job offers to compare and contrast against each-other. With 3 off the companies, the offers all had similar compensation for a salary. The outlier was planning on offering me 20% less than the other companies. In this situation I decided that this company would no longer be an option for a full time position. The reason why I decided to not consider this company compared to the others is what I thought my work should have been worth. I knew that other companies were offering me more compensation, and I also know what the industry average is for a person in my situation. I thought that the company offering well under the industry standard was not valuing what I could bring to the company. After completing 2 summer internships and finishing a four year college degree in construction engineering management I thought that the work I would be able to complete off the bat with a company was worth more than what they are offering. Other than compensation, I also had to compare benefit packages, locations, and retirement options. This also was a big deciding factor within the job search. I wanted to make sure I had the best chance to have a high quality of life and be able to retire comfortably. Some companies participate in ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plans), and this is a large retirement bonus that can incentive employees to stay with a company and have a very comfortable retirement.

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